|My cat approves of the|
Ammonite is very, very good - and very interesting... Sci-fi - woman going to study a planet that has been cut off for centuries; a virus killed off all the men (and some women) so many non-tech different cultures have sprung up; the women can self-induce diploid conceptions; the 'Company' has a base of soldiers/security but will probably kill them off (as it's cheaper) if the vaccine they're testing doesn't protect against the virus.
by Nicola Griffith
It reminded me a bit of 'Brother's Price' by Wen Spencer - it's all women, they *assume* it's going to be a woman, and sometimes it isn't even mentioned that it is a woman, so you don't realize until later; and the interactions are fascinating. In a way, those stories are a lot simpler, because they don't have to include or adjust for or explain gender interactions - it's one less variable, unfortunately a significant one. The other side of this - the evolutionary issues of male and female roles and dual pregnancies, and the apparent uniform biological attraction of all women to other women is not addressed.
|Ammonite - older/UK cover|
Another review to check out: by Danielle L Parker
- winner, Tiptree award
- winner, Lambda Literary Award
- winner, Premio Italia
- finalist, British Science Fiction Award
- finalist, Arthur C. Clarke Award
by Nicola Griffith
It follows the story of Lore van de Oest, who is kidnapped - and abandoned to her kidnappers by her family. She escapes, and is rescued from the streets by a woman named Spanner who teaches her to survive on the wrong side of the law. Over time, Lore learns to trust again, and stand on her own two feet, taking a job in a biotech facility owned by her own family.
|Solitaire: a novel|
by Kelley Eskridge
For a similar yet completely different 'futuristic lesbian rich girl learns to live in the real world' story, check out Solitaire by Griffith's partner, Kelley Eskridge.
Slow River Awards
- Nebula award winner
- Science fiction/ Fantasy/ Horror winner, 8th Lambda Literary Awards
- Hall of Fame winner,Gaylactic Spectrum Award 2000