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I read only the beginning of this book, and it was decades ago, but I always wondered about it and wanted to read it. As I recall, the protagonist finds himself stranded on a strange world. I don't remember how he got there, such as whether his spaceship crashed, or he just woke up there with amnesia, or whatever. But as he explored the world, the plants seemed to be a sort of mix between biological and technological. Regarding the technological nature of the plants, I really don't remember the details. If I remember correctly, it was as if the plants had been somehow designed to be useful in some way.

  • Well, I read this book (or really just the beginning of it) in the early 90s or so. The book itself could have been older than that, but probably not more than few decades itself. – ScioMind Jul 21 at 17:44
  • Can you clarify: was it a novel or an anthology (so, short-story)? Do you remember any more details--e.g. characters, planets, etc names. What about the plants was "technological"? – wcullen Jul 21 at 21:10
  • It was a novel. The only character I remember was the main character, who (if I remember correctly) was lost alone on the world. Regarding the technological nature of the plants, I really don't remember the details. If I remember correctly, it was as if the plants had been somehow designed to be useful in some way. It was so long ago that I don't quite remember the specifics of their designed, technological aspect. – ScioMind Jul 22 at 6:23
  • I've edited that detail into the question. – Klaus Æ. Mogensen Jul 23 at 8:52
  • Was the main character in power armor initially? Was he transformed by the world? If so, how did it change him? – FuzzyBoots Jul 23 at 9:02
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This sounds like Sentenced To Prism by Alan Dean Foster (1985).

From Wikipedia:

Prism is a unique planet because its ecosystem contains both silicon-based and carbon-based life. Evan Orgell, a management troubleshooter sent to Prism to investigate the disappearance of a research group, finds himself fighting for his survival in this strange crystalline environment after his specialized environment suit succumbs to the local elements.

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    I looked this book up on Wikipedia, and don't think this is it. I don't remember crystalline environment at all. I seem to recall the plants sort of looked somewhat familiar to what we would find on Earth, and that it was only on closer inspection that the impression that they had been designed in some way became apparent. – ScioMind Jul 28 at 18:05

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