I read a science fiction book in the early 90s, and I'd like some help finding it.

The only details I can remember are as follows:

  • The characters lived on a large space ship together and had four or six arms
  • they were renowned as excellent space fighter pilots
  • there are humans as well
  • the protagonist leads a group of ships into the city at the end of the book by using an underwater tunnel.
  • Did they have legs too, or just arms? Could you be thinking of the "quaddies" from Falling Free in the Vorkosi series by Lois McMaster Bujold?
    – user14111
    Commented Jun 28, 2015 at 22:43
  • I was just thinking that the only story like this that I'm familiar with is the Quaddies.
    – Broklynite
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 0:41
  • Falling Free was my first reaction as well, but the last point about the underwater tunnel does not fit, nor were they space fighter pilots.
    – Dijkgraaf
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 2:00

1 Answer 1


The book you are looking for is The Starwolves by Thorarinn Gunnarsson.

  • Book is about a race of people called "Starwolves" or "Kelvessan"
  • They have 4 arms, iron bones & electrical nervous system
  • Live on large carrier ships & fly small fighters
  • Are far superior to normal human pilots due to their high G tolerance and reaction time
  • At the end of the book a group of Starwolves fly their fighters into a human dome city via an underwater tunnel to rescue/retrieve the computer core of one their large carrier ships.

See my previous answer https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/68418/33168 for more details

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