Colonization Science Fiction Books

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Science Fiction about the colonization of other worlds, usually told as the story of the trials and tribulations the new colonists face on an often hostile alien world. Sometimes, the colonization might be an alternative history where the white man must colonize the new world again. Some stories take a look at colonization in a negative light, especially looking at the impact such colonization has on another intelligent species sharing the planet with humans. The Colonization is a popular science fiction subgenre that (usually) celebrates the old Pioneer spirit or on the other side of the coin, a stinging rebuke against it (bringing to mind the impact the American colonization of the west had on the native Americans).
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Remnant Population

by Elizabeth Moon

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For forty years, Colony 3245.12 has been Ofelia’s home. On this planet far away in space and time from the world of her youth, she has lived and loved, weathered the death of her husband, raised her one surviving child, lovingly tended her garden, and grown placidly old. And it is here that she fully expects to finish out her days–until the shifting corporate fortunes of the Sims Bancorp Company dictates that Colony 3245.12 is to be disbanded, its residents shipped off, deep in cryo-sleep, to somewhere new and strange and not of their choosing. But while her fellow colonists grudgingly anticipate a difficult readjustment on some distant world, Ofelia savors the promise of a golden opportunity. Not starting over in the hurly-burly of a new community . . . but closing out her life in blissful solitude, in the place she has no intention of leaving. A population of one.

With everything she needs to sustain her, and her independent spirit to buoy her, Ofelia actually does start life over–for the first time on her own terms: free of the demands, the judgments, and the petty tyrannies of others. But when a reconnaissance ship returns to her idyllic domain, and its crew is mysteriously slaughtered, Ofelia realizes she is not the sole inhabitant of her paradise after all. And, when the inevitable time of first contact finally arrives, she will find her life changed yet again–in ways she could never have imagined. . . .

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Decision At Doona

by Anne McCaffrey

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After the first human contact with the Siwannese ended in a mass suicide, the Terran government made a law that no further contact with sentient aliens would be allowed. But since their own planet was overcrowed, they looked to colonize Doona--until they found the Hrubbans. Their choice was simple but dangerous. They could kill the cat-like Hrubbans, or for the first time in history, learn to to coexist with an alien race....
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Freehome

by Raymond Boyles

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Home, Home on the Range As Halsey stared into the distance, movement caught his eye. He looked to his left, and saw a moving carpet of alien grass climbing up the slope beside him. More was coming up on his right.He sighed. I hate this planet, he thought.When the grass got in the way of his gun, he swept at it, angrily.The grass swept back. Where the deer and the antelope play. Not on Freehome. More like the dreaded giant mosquito-like things known as "needle-nose" and the infamous "walking grass" that sneaks up and surrounds its victims.Not only do the Rurals have Mother Nature to worry about on Freehome, they also have the city people to contend with. The Latecomers want to do away with the Rurals' way of life. At any cost.But the Rurals have faith
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Search The Sky

by Frederik Pohl

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Earth Colonists's voyage to settle the far planets beyond our universe. Spaceships have been unable to evoke responses from these planets, and in a novel that is as well-written as it is ingenious, one man starts out form Halsey's Planet to find the answer. But is there an answer? By the co-authors of the SPACE MERCHANTS and WOLFBANE.
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Forerunner

by Andre Norton

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Andre Norton was one of the best known writers of science fiction in the genre’s history, and the subject of especially fervent loyalty and enthusiasm. One of her greatest triumphs is the Forerunner series, which has earned a place of legend among fans with such books as The Time Traders, Galactic Derelict, Sargasso of Space, and many more. Forerunner is the definitive novel in that series. It also holds a special place in the history of Tor, as it is the first book Tor ever published.

“Kuxortal has always been,” Forerunner begins. This ancient port was established in the time of antiquity and has built and rebuilt itself on the ruins of former civilizations. Kuxortal is inhabited by a lowly race of Burrowers, who tunnel and excavate beneath the city’s towers and sometimes discover artifacts from the past. Simsa is a Burrower who has spent her entire life in the service of an older, crippled mentor, Ferwar, who had reputedly rescued Simsa from a trash heap when she was an infant. Simsa, with her blue-black skin and platinum hair, clearly comes from different stock than the other Burrowers, but Ferwar never revealed her origin.

When scavengers attempt to loot the treasures that Ferwar had left behind, it becomes clear that Simsa must flee. Especially when they discover that the scavengers consider Simsa one of the treasures that they have come to steal....
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Opening Atlantis

by Harry Turtledove

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Atlantis lies between Europe and the East Coast of Terranova. For many years, this land of opportunity lured dreamers from around the globe with its natural resources, offering a new beginning for those willing to brave the wonders of the unexplored territory.

It is a new world indeed: ripe for discovery, for plunder, and eventually for colonization?but will its settlers destroy the very wonders they had journeyed to Atlantis to find?

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Hellhole

by Brian Herbert

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Only the most desperate colonists dare to make a new home on Hellhole.  Reeling from a recent asteroid impact, tortured with horrific storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and churning volcanic eruptions, the planet is a dumping ground for undesirables, misfits, and charlatans…but also a haven for dreamers and independent pioneers. 
 
Against all odds, an exiled general named Adolphus has turned Hellhole into a place of real opportunity for the desperate colonists who dare to make the planet their home.  While the colonists are hard at work developing the planet, General Adolphus secretly builds alliances with the leaders of the other Deep Zone worlds, forming a clandestine alliance against the tyrannical, fossilized government responsible for their exile. 

What no one knows is this: the planet Hellhole, though damaged and volatile, hides an amazing secret.  Deep beneath its surface lies the remnants of an obliterated alien civilization and the buried memories of its unrecorded past that, when unearthed, could tear the galaxy apart. 

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Rite Of Passage

by Alexei Panshin

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