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Expedition is a science fiction and speculative fiction book by artist-author Wayne Douglas Barlowe. Subtitled "Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV", it is written as though published in the year 2366, five years after Barlowe's participation in a voyage to an alien planet, dubbed Darwin IV in honor of Charles Darwin. In the 24th century the exploitation of the Earth's ecosystem has created an environment so toxic that mass extinctions have wiped out nearly half of its animal population. Most of the remaining fauna, save humans, have suffered horrible mutation. Aided by the benevolent and technologically superior alien race, the Yma, humanity begins to repair their ravaged world while simultaneously learning more about the universe around them. When an unmanned Yma probe discovers evidence of alien life on another planet, the titular "expedition" is sent to investigate. Barlowe writes as a sort of 24th century Audubon, presenting his findings in a collection of paintings, sketches, field notes, and diary entries from his explorations of Darwin IV. He details a bewildering variety of alien lifeforms such as Gyrosprinters, Arrowtongues, Grovebacks, Daggerwrists, Skewers, Emperor Sea Striders, and Eosapians. Unlike the aliens presented in much of popular science fiction, which often seem to be variations of terrestrial lifeforms, Barlowe's creatures are truly alien: none of them possess eyes or true jaws; their body structures are often unlike any found on Earth; and they have unique modes of locomotion, sensing, and eating. Very late in the expedition, the explorer encounters lifeforms which use tools (the Eosapiens), giving a very strong indication they are intelligent. A conservationist theme is present throughout the book. The expedition is designed to have as minimal an impact as possible on Darwin IV's environment. When two of the expedition's members suffer a fatal accident, Yma technology is used to remove all traces of the accident from Darwin IV's environment. At the conclusion of the expedition, Darwin IV is left in the same pristine state it was in prior to the expedition, with the exception of a metal obelisk placed in a remote area by the expedition. A portion of the book, "Sea Strider Skull and Littoralope" was reprinted by the American Littoral Society.
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date of publication: 1990
genre: science fiction
main subject: extraterrestrial life

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Expedition to Castle Ravenloft

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author: Bruce Cordell

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Cameroon's tycoon : Max Esser's expedition and its consequences

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author: Max Esser

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Betelgeuze. 3. Die Expedition

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Expedition Into Central Australia

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author: Charles Sturt

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Deadly Expedition!

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The Persian expedition.

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author: Xenophon

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The great expedition

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author: Angus Konstam

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The Great United States Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842

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Scratch and Co: The Great Cat Expedition

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author: Molly Lefebure

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Henry of Lancaster's Expedition to Aquitaine, 1345-1346

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Flames Beyond Gettysburg : The Gordon Expedition, June 1863

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author: Scott L Mingus

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John Devoy's Catalpa expedition

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James Fitzjames: The Mystery Man of the Franklin Expedition

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The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker

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Linguistic Aspects of Legislative Expression : Exploring Expedition

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Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition

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Alaska 1899 : Essays from the Harriman Expedition

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South - The Story Of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-17

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Diary of the "Discovery" Expedition

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Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

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The log of a moon expedition;

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author: Ludek Pesek

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The Penobscot Expedition

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author: George E. Buker

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Shackleton and the Lost Antarctic Expedition

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South: the Endurance Expedition

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The Alaska Flying Expedition : The US Army's 1920 New York to Nome Flight

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author: Stan Cohen

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Venereal Disease and the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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author: Thomas P. Lowry

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The Braddock expedition and Fox's Gap in Maryland

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author: Curtis L. Older

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