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A Door Into Ocean

A Door Into Ocean Description:

i A Door into Ocean i is the novel upon which the author s reputation as an important SF writer principally rests A ground breaking work both of feminist SF and of world building hard SF it concerns the Sharers of Shora a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists highly advanced in biological sciences and who reproduce by parthenogenesis there are no males and tells of the conflicts that erupt when a neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world and send in an army

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Brain Plague

Brain Plague Description:

i Brain Plague i is the new hard SF novel by Joan Slonczewski set in the same future universe as her award winning i A Door into Ocean i and i The Children Star i a i New York Times i Notable Book An intelligent microbe race that can live symbiotically in other intelligent beings is colonizing the human race throughout the civilized universe And each colony of microbes has its own personality good or bad In some people carriers they are brain enhancers and in others a fatal brain plague a living addiction This is the story of one woman s psychological and moral struggle to adjust to having an ambitious colony of microbes living permanently in her own head This novel is one of the most powerful and involving SF novels of the year br

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

The Highest Frontier

The Highest Frontier Description:

One of the most respected writers of hard SF it has been more than ten years since Joan Slonczewski s last novel Now she returns with a spectacular tour de force of the college of the future in orbit Jennifer Ramos Kennedy a girl from a rich and politically influential family a distant relation descended from the famous Kennedy clan whose twin brother has died in an accident and left her bereft is about to enter her freshman year at Frontera College br br Frontera is an exciting school built with media money and a bit from tribal casinos too dedicated to educating the best and brightest of this future world We accompany Jenny as she proceeds through her early days at school encountering surprises and wonders and some unpleasant problems The Earth is altered by global warming and an invasive alien species called ultraphytes threatens the surviving ecosystem Jenny is being raised for great things but while she s in school she just wants to do her homework go on a few dates and get by The world that Jenny is living in is one of the most fascinating and creative in contemporary SF and the problems Jenny faces will involve every reader young and old

Rating: 3.44 out of 5

Daughter of Elysium

Daughter of Elysium Description:

The pristine city of Elysium floats on the water world of Shora inhabited by immortals who have succeeded in unlocking the secrets of life br br Outsider Blackbear Windclan wants to share the secret of immortality with his own people but can he and the City of Elysium survive the corruption and decadence that immortality has bred into the ageless society br br And what of the consciousness of self aware nano sentient servitors and their quest for vengence

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

The Children Star

The Children Star Description:

The ruthless plans of Proteus Unlimited a powerful and greedy corporation to terraform the planet of Prokaryon threaten to destroy any native intelligence alien life as well as the lives of a colony of orphans who make Prokaryon their home

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

The Wall Around Eden

The Wall Around Eden Description:

Slonczewski uses her expertise as a biologist to create a novel of postnuclear ecology which is at the same time a political science fiction novel and a tale of alien invasion

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

Still Forms on Foxfield

Still Forms on Foxfield Description:

Fleeing the final war that would destroy Earth s civilization a small group of Friends Quakers found refuge on the uncharted planet they named Foxfield Somehow they managed to survive with the aid of the bizarrely gifted native life form the Commensals and even more extraordinarily they kept up the practice of their gentle but demanding beliefs br br Then after nearly a century of silence Earth contacted them human civilization had miraculously survived the war and had spread out to the stars flourishing to an undreamed of richness br br And the Friends of Foxfield were a part of it whether they agreed or not

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Microbiology: An Evolving Science

Microbiology: An Evolving Science Description:

First an emphasis on current research genomics and molecular genetics enables students to learn how microbiologists think as they master the discipline s foundational topics Second a stunning and consistently executed art program helps students visualize key microbiological processes and structures

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction Description:

Science fiction is at the intersection of numerous fields It is literature which draws on popular culture and engages in speculation about science history and all varieties of social relations This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction which look at the genre from different angles It examines science fiction from Thomas More to the present day and introduces important critical approaches including Marxism postmodernism feminism and queer theory

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

The Other Half of the Sky

The Other Half of the Sky Description:

Women may hold up more than half the sky on earth but it has been different in heaven science fiction still is very much a preserve of male protagonists mostly performing by the numbers quests br br In em The Other Half of the Sky em editor Athena Andreadis offers readers heroes who happen to be women doing whatever they would do in universes where they re fully human starship captains planet rulers explorers scientists artists engineers craftspeople pirates rogues br br As one of the women in Tiptree s em Houston Houston Do You Read em says We sing a lot Adventure songs work songs mothering songs mood songs trouble songs joke songs love songs everything Everything

Rating: 3.52 out of 5