"The Silvers" is a unique science fiction story. It's a bit different than anything I've read before. Humans have gone to the Silver Planet to look for water. They find native people and they are so placid that the human crew does not think they are intelligent and they justify that as a reason it's alright to experiment on them. B is the captain of his spaceship and over time he begins bonding with one of the Silvers, Imms. After a fire kills of most of his crew, B decides to take Imms and return to Earth. Once there things take a widely different turn for the two men.
This was a really well written story. The world building in "The Silvers" is unique and it all felt very atmospheric. Now that is not necessarily a positive thing. There was a bleakness that permeated the entire story. The relationship was also different. It was definitely not a traditional romance, but I think there was a love story woven through this.
I had mixed feelings when I finished "The Silvers". I wouldn't say I was happy when I came to the end. I might have even been a bit sad. But the story was still haunting in its own way. It's not the type of story I would want to read all of the time, but overall I did enjoy it.
As I said, I do not consider this a romance. It's more of a m/m science fiction. If you enjoy that then you should check "The Silvers" out. It's both unique and well written.
What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend.
B, captain of the mission, doesn't believe that the "Silvers" are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others-interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet's natives has done incalculable damage.
When a fire aboard B's ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn't follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.
"(Note: This is a revised second edition, originally published elsewhere.)"