Cachalot (novel)

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Author Alan Dean Foster
Cover artist Darrell K. Sweet
Country United States
Language English
Series Humanx Commonwealth
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Del Rey Books
Publication date
April 1980
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 275 pp
ISBN 0-345-28066-0
OCLC 6456510
LC Class CPB Box no. 1874 vol. 6

Cachalot (1980) is a science fiction novel written by Alan Dean Foster.

Plot summary[edit]

Cachalot is an ocean planet where humans have begun building floating cities. It is also the same planet where all of Earth’s cetaceans were transplanted six hundred years ago after the Covenant of Peace was enacted with all intelligence-enhanced ocean dwellers. Five of these cities have been destroyed when a middle-aged scientist and her late-teen daughter are dispatched to the planet to discover the source of the attacks.

The novel title comes from the French word cachalot, meaning "sperm whale." This word was applied to the sperm whale when the mammals were actively hunted in Earth’s oceans.

The novel features a new musical instrument called "neurophon" producing not only tunes but also nerve sensations on human skin and irritating alien creatures found on the planet.

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