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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575118237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575118232
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicola Griffith: a native of Yorkshire, England, now a dual US/UK citizen. Author of six novels (Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, Always, Hild). Essayist. Teacher. Blogger. Winner of the Washington State Book Award, the Nebula, Tiptree, World Fantasy Awards, six (6) Lambda Literary Awards, the Premio Italia, the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, and others. Married to writer Kelley Eskridge.

Her latest novel, Hild--about the rise of one of the most powerful women of the early middle ages, now known as St Hilda of Whitby--is published in the UK by Blackfriars/Little, Brown.

Nicola lives in Seattle, where she occasionally emerges from the seventh century to drink just the right amount of beer and take enormous delight in everything.

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The JAMES TIPTREE JR AWARD-winning novel.

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Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women's biological secret, she finds that she, too, is changing - and realises that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction . . .


'A marvellous blend of high adventure and mind-boggling social speculation' Kim Stanley Robinson


'A powerful story of connection, allegiance, and obligation' Vonda N. McIntyre

Nicola Griffith (1960-)

Nicola Griffith was born in Yorkshire and currently lives in Seattle. An alumnus of the Michigan State University Clarion science fiction writing workshop, she has won the Nebula, James Tiptree, Jr and World Fantasy Awards.

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Yes, this book is a book of two halves, because the first half is essentially a "first contact" story, with the added twist that the "aliens" are human beings who are not aware that hundreds of years ago they arrived as a colony from earth. But one cannot make a whole story about discovery, because it would go nowhere. The second half involves the painful process of the "natives" and the incomers dealing with each other. The main character, an anthropologist whose personality makes her a better go-between than her military colleagues, is the link between the two halves of the book and between the two groups, and her experience is compelling and believable (within the confines of the genre).

To dismiss the second half of this book as a lesbian love-in is bizarre and, frankly, offensive. There are no men in this book because the premise is that a virus endemic to the planet kills them; the anthropologist is there not least to find out how the women produce children, as well as to test a vaccine. So, yes, any romantic partnerships are between women. And, yes, the answers are a bit alternative in places. But while the all-female population is in many ways crucial to the dynamic (if there are no men in a society, will it be different from a two-gender society, or will women change to fill the roles - positive and negative - which men filled back on Earth? for instance), the issue of how the tribes on the planet react to the military and scientific personnel sent to investigate them is the main thread of the story. And don't forget the tension created by the Company lurking in its watching ship above: we all know this trope from Alien etc - will it let the women on the planet live in peace? will it let them live at all if their death is more profitable?
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Griffith's first novel is a tour de force science fiction tale of ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances forced to become something new (and possibly better) and how they deal with that. Only peripherally a lesbian story, it has the familiar first contact, visiting alien planets and exploration of the same any Star Trek fan would expect while at the same time digging so much deeper beneath the surface of what make pioneers and what makes people tick and just how far we will all go to survive or salve our pride.

A thoughtful near perfect first novel, it richly deserves the accolades and awards lavished upon it. It also helps to redress the dearth of women science fiction or speculative fiction writers. More, please.
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Beautifully written, detailed, imaginitive, and intuitive. A great read. Could not stop reading it. Recommended for all ages. Loved it.
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wonderful book
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Well after reading this I can say I've been to the planet Jeep via the planet Beaver (no wait, there really is a planet called Beaver in this book, honest!) and it's sadly a book of two halves.

The first half was a fantastic invocation of visiting a truly alien planet filled with a genuine senseowunder and danger. Gender issues were cleverly woven into the story in a subtle way that allowed the reader to ask questions without having answers shoved in their face. Sadly the second half abandoned all this subtlety and rapidly conformed to the blandest stereotypes of the main character "finding themselves" in a lesbian commune, featuring ethnic drumming, hot-tubs, allotments and the great problem-free-sisterhood of universal gaia worship.

Despite all this Griffith is clearly a gifted writer. Her characterisation is rich and detailed if sadly inconsistent.
Good, almost great.
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