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Melissa Scott's award-winning work is known for its vividly imagined settings that explore humanity's far future. IN NIGHT SKY MINE, young Ista Kelly is a foundling, the only survivor of a pirate raid on an asteroid mine. In a future where one cannot live without an official identity, this is the story of Ista's harrowing journey back to the asteroid to find her true ident...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by Tor Books (first published 1996)
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Robert Dunbar
Science Fiction probably treats the sexual orientation of characters more casually than any other genre. After all, what do details like gender preferences matter when transgalactic encounters loom? Skin color and human cultural differences fade to insignificance. This can be profoundly liberating. Consider the transgressive work of writers like Samuel R. Delany, Thomas M. Disch, Nicola Griffith, Ursual K. LeGuin, Elizabeth Lynn, Edgar Pangborn, Joanna Russ, Jessica Amanda Salmonson and John Var...more
Kirt
So, I read Night Sky Mine by Melissa Scott recently. "Two-year-old Ista Kelly was found on a gutted asteroid mine, the only survivor of an apparent pirate raid. Now, as she approaches adulthood, the question of her past can no longer be ignored: in this society, no one can survive without an official identity, and she has vanished from the official records, or never was listed there. But in her search for her true identity takes her not only onto the familiar planes of the wildnet, crowded with...more
Nancy
very interesting world creation.. good concept.. difficult to read, though, because of all the world-explanation comma-spliced into the sentences! characters were promising but somewhat shallow. the first part of the book is so slow and then BLAM last chapter is the entire plot. some of which seems like the easy way out rather than something she'd planned from the beginning.
Lissa Notreallywolf
I reread this novel as I was recovering from the flu and did not wish to challenge myself with a new book. I would not rate it as one of Melissa's Scott's best works, but as always I found myself caring about Ista's fate and her relationship that teeters on an awakening for both parties. The book begins with reports of space pirates raiding mining outstations and eventually a long trail emerges from what seems at first to be an isolated episode. Ista is in the middle of it because she is a salva...more
Adam
After reading my first book by Melissa Scott, I couldn't help working my way through her other books. All were quite fun to read and sometimes thought-provoking.
Riversue
Good solid sf , wonderful world building.Realistic - not so much firecracker nonesense but engrossing right to the end.
Andrea
Loved this when it first came out, seems like it's holding up so far.
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Scott studied history at Harvard College and Brandeis University, and earned her PhD. in comparative history. She published her first novel in 1984, and has since written some two dozen science fiction and fantasy works, including three co-authored with her partner, Lisa A. Barnett.

Scott's work is known for the elaborate and well-constructed settings. While many of her protagonists are gay, lesbia...more
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