Alanya to Alanya (Marq'ssan Cycle, #1)
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Alanya to Alanya (Marq’ssan Cycle #1)

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Seattle, February 2076. The Marq ssan bring business as usual to a screeching halt all over the world, and Professor Kay Zeldin joins Robert Sedgewick, US Chief of Security Services, in his war against the invaders. Soon Kay is making rather than writing history. But as she goes head-to-head against the Marq ssan, the long-buried secrets of her past resurface, and her conf...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Aqueduct Press
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Wealhtheow
Apr 10, 2008 Wealhtheow rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: think_galactic
To prevent humans from doing further harm to their planet or to themselves, the Marq ssan render all silicon-based technology useless. To regain the tech that this future society depends on, the Marq ssan demand that each and every country send three female representatives to negotiate. In the US, former spy, current history teacher Kay is tapped for the "honor". She is prepared for any eventuality except the one she finds: that the Marq ssan are truly aliens, and her only allies.

This was a fru...more
Sue
Intriguing ideas presented here. It raises more questions than it answers.
Helga Nottvaengir
Aug 18, 2009 Helga Nottvaengir rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Helga by: Eva
A feminist SF novel lent to me by Eva, Alanya to Alanya is definitely more of a thought-provoking book than an absorbing one. It's about global politics, the role of activism, the nature of revolution and the role of both government and individuals in systematic oppression. It kept me interested and I do want to read the rest of the series (five books in total) but I'm still not certain whether or not I liked it.

Parts of the world Duchamp built were difficult for me to fully buy into, in part be...more
Anastasia
This is my 2nd read, and this time I'm going in order (originally, I read "Renegade" first, and that colored my impressions of the entire series.) It feels heavy heanded, no doubt about it. I could see how a lot of people would be turned off by it. But it's much more complex than that - and you'll see that in later volumes, which will cause you to see this book in a different light.

It's still a compulsive, highly absorbing read. It's very political, so you must have a fairly high tolerance of p...more
Danielle
I'm only two-thirds through at this point, but I find this book extremely thought-provoking and stimulating so far. That's not necessarily a good thing - it stimulates stress and negative associations and gross memories, among other things.

It's like watching a movie of all your more subtly humiliating moments of contemptible treatment at the loving or indifferent hands of the men in your life, articulated in such a precise way as to allow you to recognize it for what it was, yourself. That's an...more
Rob
(8/10) The Marq'ssan cycle is a project that's impressive but also kind of retro. It reflects not so much the more mystified and slippery style of today's feminist science fiction (what we have of it) but the aggressive, baldly political work of Marge Piercey or Octavia Butler. This may in fact be due to the fact that it was written in the 80s. It's very second wave, and there are good things about that (an intense refusal to accept the status quo) and bad things (some dollops of essentialism, a...more
Michelle

Feminist science fiction from the mid-80s. Feminist space aliens show up to a 2076 globe oppressed by rigid class domination. Better than many other similarly-plotted 70s classics (think Daughters of a Choral Dawn, one of my cheesy favorites. It's sophisticated, well-written, with a gripping, complex protagonist. But its race politics are non-existent (pathetic) and it doesn't really measure up to the brilliance and sophistication of L. Timmel Duchamp's brilliant, more contemporary short stories

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Caroline
More of a feminist political novel than science fiction. Takes place 80 years in the future but technology is remarkably the same as today. Some interesting ideas with a few aliens thrown in but way too many references to a liter and a half of bottled water.
Natlyn
Aliens arrive on Earth and issue the ultimatum that all nations must send two women to negotiate better political systems or the aliens will starting blowing up property. This novel begins as a simplistic women-are-oppressed dystopia, but somewhere after the 200-page mark it begins to show signs of deeper thought. It seems to be gearing up to be more about the corrupting effects of power than how bad men are. While the ending tempts me to continue with this five-book series to see where Duchamp...more
Julian
I force fed myself this book in 2 days when I realized Think Galactic was sneaking up on me. At first it pulled me in, but as John aptly pointed out, this book has an "idiot plot" - i.e. the plot's direction is dictated entirely by idiotic actions taken by the characters.

The main characters were all frustrating, the author ignored a lot of interesting topics she only hinted at, and it was very 2nd Wave Feminism. Every male character was evil. That, and way too many female characters actually *f...more
Megan
I finally just gave up on this book, which was ultimately just too political for me, as a novel. I felt like I was reading some text on political theory or a history book. That, and I either hated or was completely disinterested in all the characters, who kept treating each other fairly horribly without any explanation.

Think Galactic selection for April.

Kivrin Engle
I am so happy that this is the first book in a series, and that I have four more books ahead to read. I am not sure how this Marq'ssan tale slipped under my radar in 1985, but it is a treat to have a well-written, feminist science-fiction to savor in 2009. It is thought-provoking, page-turning, adventurous story-telling and I'm completely hooked.
Mat
I really really wanted to like this book more than i did. I mean, i was drawn in quickly, but in the end frustrated by the emphasis she chose and the lack of depth and sometimes unbelievability of the characters.
Chris
SF as fantasy of political agency, my word. I do like a good old-school feminist SF novel, but this was oddly paced.
Grace Makley
Feminist Sci-fi. Author's message is almost impossible to discern. Boring. Really bad dialogue
Shelley
Feminist sci fi. Ok, although the title was never explained and neither were the aliens.
Calvin
feminist aliens attempt to intervene on sexist government.
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L. Timmel Duchamp was born in 1950, the first child of three. Duchamp first began writing fiction in a library carrel at the University of Illinois in 1979, for a joke. But the joke took on a life of its own and soon turned into a satirical roman a clef in the form of a murder mystery titled "The Reality Principle." When she finished it, she allowed the novel to circulate via photocopies, and it...more
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