Legacy of Heorot, The  (#159) 

1987-07Avalon Novelcloth, Simon & Schuster, July 1987
A. 1

1-85723-134-1Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes

paper, Pocket Books;
British edition: Gollancz, 1987;
Dutch edition: Uitgeverij Luitingh B.V, 1987, as Heorot
Collaboration, co-written with Jerry Pournelle & Steven Barnes
maps by Alexis Wolser. See the sequel, Beowulf's Children


When the population of the colony world Avalon is threatened by a monster right out of hell, there is only one man who can kill the beast and save the colonists. But his plan to wipe out the grendels has unexpected and disastrous consequences.

There's nothing like a mix of science fiction, scary monsters, and population biology to make for a great story, and this one is highly recommended.