A Door into Ocean (Elysium Cycle)
A Door into Ocean 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,... show more
A Door into Ocean 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.
Publish date: February 1986
Publisher: Arbor House Publishing Company
Pages no: 403
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
Series: Elysium Cycle
I feel like I've been reading this book over and over lately. Just a few weeks ago, for instance, when it was called Dreamfall. Or earlier this year, under the title Woman on the Edge of Time. A couple of years ago, when it was The Word for World is Forest. All feature these futuristic or alien, usu...
Shora is a world without land. The humans who colonized it chose to reshape themselves, instead of terraforming the planet. Sharers, as the descendents of the colonists call themselves, strive to live in balance with each other and their world. Although they have incredibly advanced biological sci...
In a word: amazing. Landor’s narration is beautiful and lyrical, with well-detailed characterizations across the cultures and classes presented in Slonczewski’s award-winning novel of feminism, pacifism, and anarchism in a far-future of multiple visions of post-humanity. It immediately vaults into m...
Occupy Shora.Yes, this counts as a feminist SF work, but as well it's a parable about culture, non-violent resistance, and our conflicting drives either to create or destroy. The world-building is engaging, especially the biology of the planet Shora.
While slow to start, I was really impressed with how much I cared about what was happening by the second "part" of the book and I cared right up until the very last paragraph.
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