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Hugo and Nebula award-winning author David Brin is one of the most eloquent, imaginative voices in science fiction.Now he returns with a new novel rich in texture, universal in theme, monumental in scope--pushing the genre to new heights.

Young Maia is fast approaching a turning point in her life.As a half-caste var, she must leave the clan home of her privileged half siste
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ebook, 784 pages
Published August 31st 2011 by Spectra (first published 1993)
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Zach
Jul 11, 2012 Zach rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Zach stood at his desk to write his review of David Brin's interminably boring science fiction novel, Glory Season.

I'd better start off by mentioning how tedious it was to listen to the main character's thoughts in every other paragraph, Zach thought to himself. That way, the people reading this review will understand my frustration with having the author spell out every tiny nuance of the main character's motivation in tiresome detail, as if internal monologue were the only way to accomplish th
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Ben Babcock
Perhaps the best science fiction book I've ever read that so elegantly reverses our contemporary notions of gender. Not so great as a novel, unfortunately.

In Glory Season, David Brin depicts a world with an intensely matriarchal society. The majority of the population of Stratos consists of female clones, "sparked" in winter by male sperm, but genetic copies of their mothers. Men and "variant" girls are born in summer. Designed this way the founders of Stratos, this society is supposedly pastora
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Tim
Aug 26, 2010 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. This is a weird brand of fiction that explores an idea far better than it tells a story. Unfortunately, that doesn't become clear until about 2/3 of the way in.

Glory Season makes for a good anthropological/sociological what-if book, and uses a coming-of-age story as the narrative adhesive.

This book is heavily flawed in terms of what it is trying to do as a book, but if you can bring yourself to appreciate the underlying ambition, it ends up a pretty decent read.
Dark-Draco
This is just the sort of SF I like - intelligent without being too difficult to follow, great plots without being cheesy and some excellent characters.

The story follows Maia, a 'variant' born by fatherhood, rather than the cloning that is the norm on planet Stratos. When forced to leave her childhood home, with her twin, Leie, they plan on becoming rich, finding their niche and creating a clone family of their own. But when tradegy strikes, Maia finds herself drawn into a political and radical c
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Susan
Oct 13, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


When I read this book in Australia I remember it being really good. So I've bought it and intend to re-read it.


And Fred Gambino is SO NICE!!! he sent me hi res scans of both covers he did. Isn't that Super Sweet?

Black Beard
Nov 02, 2014 Black Beard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I read a whopping 42 pages of Glory Season before I decided I'd had enough. I found the prose terrible and the worldbuilding convoluted yet corny, the characterization of the twins somewhat cliche, and the matriarchal world poorly constructed.

Women's fear of violence from men wouldn't be any stronger than fear of violence from other women in a matriarchal world, and there definitely wouldn't be butt-pinching and leers. Violence against women and sexual harassment stem from a patriarchal societ
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Joe Martin

The best science fiction is, at its heart, speculative fiction. These books start with a single big idea—a single question—and develop it. The great books take that idea and develop it superbly. Glory Season is a great book. It starts with a single idea: what if humans could clone themselves when times are good and revert to sexual reproduction when times are bad and genetic diversity is at a premium?



David Brin explains how his idea developed, from that single root.




The idea of cloning has been

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Andy Love
May 20, 2012 Andy Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. Brin created a world (Stratos) that is very different from our own - a world where most of the population is women, and the dominant mode of reproduction is self-cloning, but makes that world come alive by showing how human choices determine how cultures develop from these biological facts. The book starts with the mainstream culture in which large clone families root themselves in occupational niches, while variant girls (non-clones) are sent out as 15-year-olds t ...more
Tomislav
Feb 26, 2014 Tomislav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was nominated for, but did not win the James Tiptree Award, which resulted in some controversy at the time. Brin has publicly stated that he felt that the decision was unfair. Ursula LeGuin's written comments as a part of the review committee, start off with negative generalizations about male writers, so there may be some truth to Brin's position. However, it is also true that while the characters of Glory Season display some altered gender behavior, they also have characteristics that are ...more
Gemma
Apr 25, 2014 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, thought provoking and well established anthropological read, Glory Season presents the coming-of-age tale of the var, Maia. Vars, or variants, are summer children born of a mother and father, and are essentially second class citizens. The winter clones are daughters whose 'fathers' are only used to 'spark' gestation (males being required only to spark the development of the placenta), resulting in clone daughters identical to their mothers. The winter clones belong to family clan ...more
Jen
Jul 14, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science_fiction
Great world building, and the author is deft and unveiling information in a way that is both page-turning and believeable.

The story didn't quite live up to the excitement I felt reading the first half, and I felt that the ending was a little flat. All in all, a good vacation read.
Jennifer Sigman
The ending is quite disjointed. It's like he was starting a new thought, then just stopped, practically mid-sentence.
Jill
Jul 21, 2011 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Should have been great. As it was, I couldn't finish it. Nothing happened for 342 pages.
Kim
Oct 11, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a world created by rabid feminist(and i mean complete man haters) a young, unclone girl leaves with her sister to find there way in the world. I found the book wonderful, if a little over detailed at times. The world was fascinating even if I was constantly wondering if the author anti-feminist or very equalist( though this may in part be because i recently learned the Ender series' author was a homophobe). The story itself was excellent, had a good flow, with surprising moments. and good pu ...more
Adam
Aug 09, 2015 Adam rated it liked it
Excellent idea for a novel and exciting to read a lot of the time. At least three characters you really care about. The theory behind this story is awesome, and even plausible. Like a lot of sci-fi, too much world information is thrown at you before you've been drawn into the story enough to want that much detail. The world-building/world-explaining never ends. It's a rich place, but could have done with fewer groups and less social detail for a one-off story. The main character was a little too ...more
kazerniel
May 11, 2015 kazerniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Good:

The book paints a really rich and subtle commentary on our real world's technology-crazed patriarchy while describing its matriarchic pastoral society on a future isolated human colony planet. Warning before anyone barfs: This is neither an utopia or a dystopia, this society has its own up- and downsides, just as our own world.

The world is quite intriguing, and even after 700 pages I was left wanting to know more (view spoiler)
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Cheryl
May 30, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The main character has spunk and the ability to push through even when the deck was sacked against her she pressed on. I became more and more intrigued as the plot progressed and our little var matured enough to realize that friends may not necessarily be the ones you think they are.

Loved the concept of a matriarchal society where the clones are dominant. The vars, or natural offspring, provide variation but are sent out into the world to make it on their own after they reac
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Anja
May 07, 2008 Anja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi readers
I have really enjoyed David Brin as a writer. I liked this book a lot. Unlike some sci-fi books it was based in reality, or it used to be, this book is set far in the future. It gives reasoning and theories as to why this book is taking place, why the world exist, why there is trouble, things that most sci-fi books don't explain but make it easier to read.

Maia and Leie are twins, meaning they had a father and a mother, they are summer children. They are less important on Stratos than their pee
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anday androo
Dec 06, 2013 anday androo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just recalled this book from the dark depths as I finished another sci-fi, Calculating God.

This book set the tone for me of what I now consider good sci-fi. No space battles, no inter-species trysts, just a good speculative romp through the possible future of humanity, gender, cloning, class society, determinism, and the search for meaning.

I remember finishing it in the wee hours, on a school-night I'm sure, and beginning to read it again immediately, cover to cover.

I can't recall exactly when I
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S. W.
Jun 02, 2013 S. W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a big fan of the Uplift series, I had a lot of expectations for Glory Season. After having checked it out from my local library a few times, and never having gotten to even the second chapter, I was glad when on my final check out I got through the whole thing in a weekend!

I prefer series, so I'm hoping this book becomes the first publication of many. The ending was certainly open ended enough for a follow up sequel or several.

The idea of a modified parthenogenesis is not a novel one, but i
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Jamie Rich
May 03, 2015 Jamie Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written about a decade ago, and I don't think it could have been written today? David Brin does a great job exploring the issues of what defines the male, and female sexes in society. On this world, the culture is a Matriarchy, and men are relegated (for the most part) to the sidelines.
Not content with just that, society is controlled thru the use of clones, and anyone who isn't a clone ("vars") are also second class citizens. A worthy read and well done!
Ron Toxopeus
Feb 02, 2015 Ron Toxopeus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book. I loved the way he developed the world and the main character, although I felt he was stretching it a bit with all her abilities. The other characters in the book I found myself wanting them stretched out a bit, so I could remember who was who. The plot was excellent and followed through nicely, never left me bored. Not the best book on my shelf, but definitely worth reading.
Ainhoa de Alberto
He intentado leerlo muchas veces porque el argumento me parece muy interesante, pero los primeros capítulos son demasiado aburridos. De todas formas, su prosa resulta demasiado densa porque desde las primeras páginas nos satura con un exceso de información innecesaria. Pensaba que la jerarquía de esta sociedad sería más fácil de digerir, pero su lectura me supera. Y los personajes no ayudan.
Noah Hill
Dec 15, 2014 Noah Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly one of the best books I have ever read. If you are looking for a fast-paced, action-packed science fiction thriller, keep on looking; this probably isn't for you. If you like your science fiction packed with intricate world/society building, character development, cultural subtext, and interesting moral questions, then look no further!
Ben
Mar 05, 2013 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second time reading this, I expected to enjoy it more than I had the first time. I remembered it as being a very enjoyable read, and was looking forward to taking my time with it this time around. It was definitely a pleasure to explore Brin's vision of a planet of female clones, how such a society would function and the role of men, and the situation of the variant women.

Brin paints a very interesting world; one which we can picture as being quite real and well explored. The story is inter
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Kat
Jun 20, 2014 Kat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I liked the first 400 pages or so but lost I interest.
The author put every thought into this story, seemingly, with no editing. Maybe I have a lazy brain but it became tedious trying to wrap my mind around every single tangent, no matter how artfully applied.

However, I was left in awe of the magnitute of David Brin's thought processes.
Jim
Aug 13, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A favorite author, and I was certainly looking forward to a good, solid SF novel after plowing through several...lesser...books.

So even clocking in at over 700 pages, this proved to be a relatively easy read, interesting enough plot and characters, and a satisfying story overall.

However! All the hints and peeks at long-past history of the planet, of the people who settled it, and all the goings-ons elsewhere in the cosmos, past and present, seemed like much more interesting stories!

I wanted to r
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John
Feb 18, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, literature
Fascinating book! I really enjoyed it and the fact that the conclusion was left, in part, open to the imagination. The story of Stratos is free to continue in our minds without over-explanation.
Well done, Mr. Brin. Thoroughly enjoyable novel, as usual. :)
Terry
For some reason this book has stayed with me over the years and I have read it three times. It's just a convoluted story I keep remembering like a tune you can't get out of your head. I like this much more than the uplift novels, which seemed more for kids. I don't know. Maybe this one is for kids too. I probably couldn't tell as I have never properly reached adulthood according to those who know me best.

Maybe because it has sailing and pirates and secret islands and secret codes it reminds me o
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Kirby
Dec 03, 2015 Kirby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I got about a third of the way in before I decided I just didn't care anymore. It's well written, but I am finding my patience for magic fantasy novels is getting less and less....

It's a shame, because I like David Brin.
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David Brin is a scientist, speaker, and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages.

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“While I have the floor, here's a question that's been bothering me for some time. Why do so few writers of heroic or epic fantasy ever deal with the fundamental quandary of their novels . . . that so many of them take place in cultures that are rigid, hierarchical, stratified, and in essence oppressive? What is so appealing about feudalism, that so many free citizens of an educated commonwealth like ours love reading about and picturing life under hereditary lords?

Why should the deposed prince or princess in every clichéd tale be chosen to lead the quest against the Dark Lord? Why not elect a new leader by merit, instead of clinging to the inbred scions of a failed royal line? Why not ask the pompous, patronizing, "good" wizard for something useful, such as flush toilets, movable type, or electricity for every home in the kingdom? Given half a chance, the sons and daughters of peasants would rather not grow up to be servants. It seems bizarre for modern folk to pine for a way of life our ancestors rightfully fought desperately to escape.”
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