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return to earth that jump drive destroyed

Telemachus

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Must be 20 years ago now.

First half of the book centers on a recurring debate among a human colony to return to earth that was destroyed when the colony's ship deployed it's jump drive too close. They live amongst peaceful aliens (kinder-kin or something like that) that are amazed humans can walk upright without a tail.

The main character is a boy whose mind was broken when he fell from the top of the dome ceiling during his father's debate to return to earth.

The boy despite his slowed speach finally wins the debate.

Second half of book is the return to earth where only a secret society guards the truth of how the planet was destroyed.
 

Telemachus

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Must be 20 years ago now.

First half of the book centers on a recurring debate among a human colony to return to earth that was destroyed when the colony's ship deployed it's jump drive too close. They live amongst peaceful aliens (kinder-kin or something like that) that are amazed humans can walk upright without a tail.

The main character is a boy whose mind was broken when he fell from the top of the dome ceiling during his father's debate to return to earth.

The boy despite his slowed speach finally wins the debate.

Second half of book is the return to earth where only a secret society guards the truth of how the planet was destroyed.
No one with any thoughts on this?
 

dannymcg

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never noticed this query even though I recently worked my way right through book search. the bit about the boy falling in the dome is familiar. think a mate of mine mentioned one of his collection so will discuss next time I see him
 

Telemachus

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Thanks. It was not a particularly good book, but the lack of remembrance of the title is driving me batty...
 

dannymcg

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sorry. ..I saw him today but it turned out that it had been HIM who was asking ME a while ago about a boy falling in a dome and getting brain damage - I think he'd saw your query when he was looking online for something else. sorry again
 

Telemachus

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Once again I struggle to recall the name of this book. The alien race are called "kinder" something and one of them is a female in love with the protagonist. Many times, it is commented that she is amazed that humans can walk without a tail. She is a lab assistant of the father of the boy.

Every year the colony has the same debate about going back to Earth. The boys father was just about to win the debate for the first time when the boy crashes from the ceiling of the debate hall/dome. His injuries are severe and his speech is broken throughout the whole novel.

But somehow he is able to convince them to go back to Earth in a future debate.

When they get back to Earth, they are amazed to see that people are alive, and pretty much nobody knows what happened to cause the Apocalypse. The boy is horrified when he finds a secret religious Society who hides the truth that it was caused by the boy's Colony when they left.
 
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