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Remnant Population: A Novel Paperback – 7 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 2002 edition (7 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841491365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841491363
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,646 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"

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An acclaimed stand-alone SF novel from the author of the hugely popular Serrano Legacy series.

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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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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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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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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.
Beautifully written, the tale created a believable situation for those of us not bound down by 'earthly' prejudice, but for me, the real message behind the author's words was that we all have the right to a life of our choosing and that the life experiences of the older generation are the most valuable gifts we can give to our children.

A fairly slow paced tale, though never dragging, each page leads you on to the next amazing encounter, where two species learn about each other in a series of sometimes amusing, and sometimes dramatic events. I loved this book wholeheartedly, and it buoyed me up in a world where there is far too much negativity. If you want to feel better, more positive and generally happier, do read this book.
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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 returns. A good read.
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I love this book. The main character is beautifully written and her development is hugely enjoyable. Her reaction to her 'visitors' - not wanting to give spoilers - is just so wonderfully practical. I found her to be a character I could relate to and believe in. To have an older woman as the main character is refreshing, and the writer's treatment of her equally so. This is a book I have read again and again and it led me to seek out others by Elizabeth Moon. I enjoy her characters very much because she writes them with such a sure hand, particularly women, and her older women are an absolute delight.
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