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In the Light of Sigma Draconis (Woman of the Iron People #1)

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The first half of the hardback originally published as "A Woman of the Iron People"

Embarking from an ecologically ruined Earth, the First Interstellar Expedition sets out to find a planet suitable for human exploration. In the light of the star Sigma Draconis they discover a primitive society newly born—where the evolutionary process has divided the sexes...where violence,
Mass Market Paperback, 237 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Avon Books
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May 21, 2013 Althea Ann rated it really liked it
I wish I knew of a list of all the books that Ursula K. Le Guin has ever personally recommended, blurbed, or otherwise endorsed, because she’s pretty much always spot-on. I got this book because of her blurb, and was delighted by it – and surprised that I hadn’t heard of it previously. I’m going to blame poor marketing. I’m also going to give Part One of the paperback edition of this book (A Woman of the Iron People is one book; split into two paperbacks as part of that poor marketing) this year ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Ellen rated it it was ok
A for effort, D for execution?

I don't remember where the recommendation came from, but I have it in my mind that someone recommended this to me as an example of anthropological science fiction. Sign me up!, I would have thought.

A group of (one presumes) modern humans are set down on an alien planet, spread apart, so as to observe and interact with the local aliens. Most of the book tells the story of Lixia, one of the humans, and Nia, an alien she meets who is somewhat of an outcast. In this ali
Nov 30, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
The first chapter of this book is flawless and for the most part this and the subsequent volume (if you have the split edition) follows up on that promise. BUT: things start to drag a bit in the first half of the second volume and a bit of skimming won't hurt.

Really clear prose, thoughtful presentation of two groups of aliens who are about to have their world changed: the pre-industrial natives of the planet and the socialist crew of an earth starship.

Hard technical science fiction with the eart
Jul 07, 2011 Dove rated it did not like it
This book had an interesting premise which drew me in quickly in the opening sequence: humans make contact with a less-advanced alien civilization and go down to the surface to study them. The aliens are humanoid enough to relate to and strange enough to be interesting. However, as soon as the book changed to first-person narration, I found myself really turned off by it. The author has a dry, detached style that made it impossible to relate to the narrator, and I felt at many times like I was b ...more
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Eleanor Atwood Arnason (born 1942) is an American author of science fiction novels and short stories. From 1949 to 1961, Arnason and her parents lived in "Idea House #2," a futuristic dwelling built by the Walker Art Center. Arnason's earliest published story appeared in New Worlds in 1972. Her work often depicts cultural change and conflict, usually from the viewpoint of characters who cannot or ...more
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