I'm trying to remember the title of a science fiction novel I read years ago about a frozen planet onto which some Earth explorers crash land. The natives don't smile except as an act of aggression(?) and the humans and aliens build a large ice ship with which to explore the planet. There was also a sequel to it, in which they explored even farther afield on the planet.

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This sounds a lot like Alan Dean Foster's Icerigger.

A ship is crashed on Tran-Ky-Ky and Ethan Fortune and Skua September lead the humans to a base using an iceraft. The sequels are Mission to Moulokin and The Deluge Drivers.

The point is made explicitly that the native Tran do not show their teeth when smiling.

  • I concurr. I re-read these books recently. Everything matches the question here, apart from the "exporers crash landing" part, it was a couple of criminals, the people they kidnap, and acouple of innocent parties who ejected from a larger ship and crash landed their escape pod. But yes, this is the answer.
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    Commented Jun 27, 2018 at 6:57
  • That's it!!!! Thank you so much for the answer! I didn't even know there were 2 sequels.
    – Alice
    Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 22:49

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