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Titre : AN ALIEN LIGHT
Éditeur : Arbor House / William Morrow ., New York
Date d'édition : 1988
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, boards. First edition. "Kress moved vigorously into sf with her fourth novel, the slow-moving but cumulatively impressive AN ALIEN LIGHT (1988), set on a planet inhabited by two sets of irreconcilably opposed humans, the descendants of the people from a migratory starship that had crashed there centuries earlier after a battle with the alien Ged. All knowledge of this history has been lost, and the Ged set up a huge technological honey-trap to entice humans inside for study, as they have found the territoriality and attendant aggressiveness of Homo sapiens baffling. What they learn from the two sets of stranded humans does not lead them to feel that can in the end win a war against a species whose savagery seems ultimately unopposable." - John Clute, SFE (online). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-613. Hartwell, 200 Significant SF Books by Women, 1984-2001. Publisher's review slip and publicity sheet laid in. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#154226). N° de réf. du libraire 154226
Synopsis : This science fiction novel tells how the human race is at war with the Ged, a species that is baffled by mankind's ability to turn violence upon itself. In order to defeat the humans, the Ged must first understand them, but they don't anticipate that they will meet opposition from a few humans.
From Publishers Weekly:
A perennial chestnut on old SF television shows involved the handful of humans who, when locked up by aliens puzzling over our aggressiveness, followed their instincts and fought among themselves. That's the kernel of this first SF novel from fantasy writer Kress, who recently won a Nebula Award for one of her SF stories. The Ged are an old, advanced, rational race shocked by the human violence and unpredictability that is erupting in their peaceful galaxy. To better understand their adversary, they choose the isolated, technologically regressed human colony on Qom, where they offer scientific knowledge to two warring nationsbut only if their representatives get along. This becomes the story, then, of the few people whose minds are opened despite the social, political and cultural barriers they inherited. Although the characters and their actions tend to the melodramatic, the background is well drawn and the conceptual breakthroughs are nicely handled.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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