He is a cousin of singer Lesley Gore. Foster also holds multiple state and one world record in senior powerlifting. Writings[ edit ] Foster may be best known for his novelizations of film scripts, beginning in the mids. Many of these novels feature Philip Lynx "Flinx" , an empathic young man who has found himself involved in something which threatens the survival of the Galaxy. Often the villains in his stories experience their downfall because of a lack of respect for other alien species or seemingly innocuous bits of their surroundings. This can be seen in such works as Midworld , about a semi- sentient planet that is essentially one large rainforest , and Cachalot , set on an ocean world populated by sentient cetaceans.
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In fact, in searching my library for more novelizations by him, this one popped up. Pitch Black and subsequently The Chronicles of Riddick are favourite films in my household and I am quite fond of the character of Riddick. I suspect Vin Diesel, the actor who plays him, is quite fond of Riddick too, and it shows with Chronicles. Anyway, after surviving the monster infested planet in Pitch Black, Riddick has sequestered himself away from humanity, but is dragged back in thanks to the arrival of the Necromongers, a powerful race of beings bent on purifying the galaxy and preparing everyone for the great beyond.
Riddick, who has now been imbued with magical Furyan powers thanks to a prophecy and upgraded backstory. One by one, he pushed back hoods and examined faces. He had no divining equipment with him, needed none. He knew men better than any machine. So I feel like I should give Foster credit for capturing both the vibe of the film and showing such patience with our illustrious star.
Fortunately, this book was not just about Riddick and the perspective quite often changed. Kyra in particular is a character of interest, as is the Lord Marshall in his unwavering beliefs, but really, I am here for the Vaakos.
Foster did not let me down with the sultry blade that is Dame Vaako. I was disappointed though -- or perhaps pleased with the final movie version of the parting between Riddick and Kyra. The movie moment is powerful and the line "Are you with me Kyra? In the book, he demands to know "what side" she is on, which holds less emotional stakes.
The Chronicles of Riddick
Alan Dean Foster
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