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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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?
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
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.
I have to say I enjoyed reading this novel the 2nd time more than the 1st. The first reading experience was too marred by the disappointment over the ending (or lack of it), and also by all power being ripped away from the protagonist again and again over the book. The 2nd time I knew what to expect, so I could enjoy the nuance and world-building more.
Speaking of world-building, it's clearly the driving force behind the whole book. The author really takes the concept of parthenogenesis ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Brin paints a very interesting world; one which we can picture as being quite real and well explored. The story is inter ...more
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 ...more
That said, I wish Brin had held back on the description a bit as I found the endless descriptive pages (Life or the colored light wall come to mind) to be a little tedious.
The main character also gets knocked unconscious an awful lot. To the point where I felt like he had her get hit in the head every time a scene change was needed.
What I loved was how you couldn't help but place yo ...more
Maybe because it has sailing and pirates and secret islands and secret codes it reminds me o ...more
So there are several instances in this book wherein a character, thought to be dead (but no body ...more
Highly readable, like all Brin's books, and this world and its conflicts are just so, so interesting. Fun book for math, computer science and automata fans too, since the culture of the world revolves partly around the game of Life. But it's so seamlessly woven into the storyline that most readers probably don't even realize they're getting a math lesson. If only all high school math teachers did as good a job of makin ...more
Existence, his latest novel, offers an unusual scenario for first contact. His ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends ...more
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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.”