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Remnant Population [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Moon
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1 May 1996
People had always told Ofelia what to do; for once she was going to do what she wanted. She refused to get on the cryo ships, refused to leave the only world she could call home. And when they finally came for her, she hid, not that the authorities looked all that hard for one crazy old woman. Now Ofelia is alone, content to live with no more demands on her self or her time, the only remaining settler on an abandoned planet. The new settlers arrive. At first she fears they have come to reoccupy the settlement she has come to think of as hers - but they land far away. And as Ofelia secretly listens, they are slaughtered to the last child by stone-age aliens no one knew were there. Now it will be up to Ofelia to save the aliens from Earth's wrath.


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  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671877186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671877187
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,771,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ofelia-tough, kind, wise and unwise, fond of food, tired of foolish people- is one of the most probable heroines science fiction has ever known."-URSULA K. LE GUIN "A FASCINATING ADVENTURE . . . MASTERFULLY RENDERED . . . Enthusiasts for alien anthropology, as well as Moon's many fans, should enjoy."-"Booklist" "PURE SATISFACTION FROM COVER TO COVER."-ANNE MCCAFFREY [DEL REY logo] Ballantine Books/Science Fiction[$12.95 in USA - $19.95 in Canada]Visit our Web site at www.delreydigital.comPRAISE FOR ELIZABETH MOON "HERIS SERRANO""Dazzling . . . The characters spring to life on the page. . . . The action never flags. . . . Riveting."-"Booklist" "Excellent world building and appealing characters.""-Science Fiction Age" "AGAINST THE ODDS""Readers will delight in the twisting, thorny adventure in the compelling continuation to this popular series.""-Publishers Weekly""A fun, fast-paced mix of space and soap opera."-"Locus" "CHANGE OF COMMAND""Fans will relish the clever intrigue, the outstanding characterization, and a perfectly applied dash of humor.""-Romantic Times""Political intrigue, mutiny in space, and ideological battles of war and weapons lend variety to this fast-moving space opera set in the distant future."-"Library" "Journal" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An acclaimed stand-alone SF novel from the author of the hugely popular Serrano Legacy series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Grandma that you cannot help but admire. 14 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
This was a refreshing sci fi/fantasy for me, as you don't see that many stories where the lead character is as old as Ofelia. Unwilling to leave the home that she has built alongside the other colonists, this old lady decides to see out her remaining days alone in the peace of an otherwise uninhabited world - or so she thinks.
Ofelia is the sort of old person that you cannot help but admire. Stubborn, self sufficient and comfortable with her own company, this wonderful character is reborn with the freedom of no longer having to conform with what is expected by society. Suddenly there is no one around to enforce what Ofelia sees as the restrictions of properness. The picture that Elizabeth Moon paints of being able to revert to an Eden where clothing is an optional extra and living on the fruits of one's own labour, is intensely satisfying.
Although I still believe that The Deed of Paksenarrion series has to date been Elizabeth Moon's best work, this is nevertheless a wonderful addition to her list of titles.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oblique First Contact Novel 18 Mar 2002
Format:Paperback
The colony was failing, and the Company was going to withdraw, and resettle its colonists elsewhere. But Ofelia has no desire to leave, and so hides out when the Sims Bancorp Cryo ships came to remove the colonists. The Company did not waste time, and Ofelia was left alone with the deserted but effectively operational village. She was elderly but active; not well-educated but bright, and well loaded with common sense and effective wisdom. So she established a one-person (with several sheep and cows - not forgetting the tomato plants) colony. Then, activating the communications array one day, she learns of a new colony arriving - at a different location. This is immediately attacked by native inhabitants, whose existence had not been known. The aboriginals destroy the newly arrived colonial ships. And now the rather simple "Robinson Crusoe" theme is replaced by an unusual
"first contact" story. I feel that going deeper into the story would rob the resder of much enjoyment. Ms Moon has envisaged an unusual approach, some suprising biological arrangements, and not least a neat, albeit not entirely original, solution to the problem she has set. This novel is a "stand alone" work, I would judge.
Companion novels are possible, but a true sequel
unlikely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oblique First Contact Novel 18 Mar 2002
Format:Paperback
The colony was failing, and the Company was going to withdraw, and resettle its colonists elsewhere. But Ofelia has no desire to leave, and so hides out when the Sims Bancorp Cryo ships came to remove the colonists. The Company did not waste time, and Ofelia was left alone with the deserted but effectively operational village. She was elderly but active; not well-educated but bright, and well loaded with common sense and effective wisdom. So she established a one-person (with several sheep and cows - not forgetting the tomato plants) colony. Then, activating the communications array one day, she learns of a new colony arriving - at a different location. This is immediately attacked by native inhabitants, whose existence had not been known. The aboriginals destroy the newly arrived colonial ships. And now the rather simple "Robinson Crusoe" theme is replaced by an unusual
"first contact" story. I feel that going deeper into the story would rob the resder of much enjoyment. Ms Moon has envisaged an unusual approach, some suprising biological arrangements, and not least a neat, albeit not entirely original, solution to the problem she has set. This novel is a "stand alone" work, I would judge.
Companion novels are possible, but a true sequel
unlikely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A sedate book with a strong character 14 Jan 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has produced ecstatic reactions in many quarters but failed to do much for me. The characterisation is indeed strong and the writing is excellent, but the plot is predictable and rather thin for a full length novel.
One of the Amazon customer reviews exults "This book should be read by all women". In fact the women in this book are, I suspect, intentionally stereotypical (or maybe archetypal): the cranky but bright grandmother, the nagging wife, the village slut, the attention-seeking bimbo, the insensitive career-woman. It's a story whose (worthy) moral tries to be "don't patronize", but somehow ends up being "don't patronize anyone who doesn't deserve it". Not quite the same thing...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars noble savages variation 18 Feb 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because I read the first few chapters online and was very intrigued by them. The protagonist, an elderly woman, was interesting and engaging. I had read Deed of Paksenarrion and loved it, though I am less enamored of Moon's other series. This story starts off promisingly, with Ofelia's decision to stay behind and live alone when her colony is evacuated from her planet. Her character changes as she realizes that she is no longer confined by society's expectations, and yet she discovers that she is not immune to the long years of conditioning by society. Ofelia continues to maintain parts of the colony more out of a sense of obligation rather than her need for it. At the same time, she does start to realize that she no longer needs to conform - though it seems that the most significant result for Ofelia of this realization is her ability to wear very little in the way of clothing. I was bothered by the way that time seemed to have no meaning, by which I mean years could pass in a matter of paragraphs and the only way the reader finds out about the passage of time is a later reference. I realize that this type of attitude towards time can be attributed to Ofelia's age or to her solitude existence, but what sticks out is that the narrative also glosses over the years passing.

And then the indigenous people arrive. And Ofelia teaches them her speech and how human technology works - or least as far as her limited understanding allows. And of course, these natives are more noble and intelligent than humans are. This is exemplified by their elevation of Ofelia, who had little to no status in human society - first as a woman and second as an elderly person, to high status within their society.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Original
This book starts off slow but grows into a fascinating story of isolation and bravery.

One old lady hid away on a planet because she was sick of how others viewed and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual story
This story is about an abandoned colony where an old woman decides to stay behind. It is about her getting to trust the resident population (non human) which goes OK until mankind... Read more
Published 10 months ago by TVR-Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful story!
I bought this book on the recommendation of the first three reviews I read, and I wasn't disappointed at all; in fact, it far surpassed my expectations. Read more
Published 24 months ago by skycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!
Couldn't put it down. Ofelia was a wonderful strong character who unfortunately was pushed aside by her Son & Daughter-in-Law as 'too old to have feelings, opinions and worth' Boy... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by Jo D
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather slow and rather different Sci-Fi experience
The story is set on a colony world and follows Ofelia, an old woman who is now pretty much disregarded by her younger family members. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by Killie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant take on first contact
I really enjoyed this book. It starts a bit slowly with the departure of the colony under the orders of the uncaring corporation. Read more
Published on 19 May 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different sci-fi
I started this book with some trepidation as it was so far off the beaten track of the genre, but I ended up being blown away by a fresh take on the subject of first contact. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2003 by Shane
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, interesting premise.
The concept of an elderly woman purposefully stranding herself on an alien planet as her colony departs forever is brilliant. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving,Funny,Witty,Incredibly good,I love Ofelia
After reading the deed of Paksenarrion I found her other novels lacking the kind of character I found in those books. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, moving and heart-warming
Not only tough to put down, but brought a tear to my eye at the end. Nice to read something that makes one feel good to be a human. Read more
Published on 22 May 1998
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