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Remnant Population

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For forty years, Colony 3245.12 has been Ofelia’s home. On this planet far away in space and time from the world of her youth, she has lived and loved, weathered the death of her husband, raised her one surviving child, lovingly tended her garden, and grown placidly old. And it is here that she fully expects to finish out her days–until the shifting corporate fortunes of t...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Del Rey (first published 1996)
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Remnant Population is the kind of book that made me fall in love with science fiction in the first place. It's thoughtful, has great characterizations, a plausible future, and humans coming to understand aliens. This is the third book I've read by Elizabeth Moon and she's now on my list of favorite authors. She is an amazing storyteller. She is a master at revealing rather than disclosing. She never over-explains and her characters behave exactly like real people would.

I love the Moon uses older...more
Electric Landlady
There are not enough novels with awesome old ladies as their protagonists. Speaking as someone who wishes to be an awesome old lady some day, I consider this a gap in the market. At the start of Remnant Population, the members of a failed colony have been ordered to pack up and leave the planet that has become their home. Widowed Ofelia decides the hell with it, she's staying put; her grown son doesn't need her, her daughter-in-law can't stand her (it's mutual), and she's fed up with living her...more
Julie H.
I had a tough time getting into this book--really tough--but once we finally met the indigenous population of the planet (N.B.: humans are the aliens, here), things got really interesting. The main character is a 70-something woman named Ofelia, who declines to leave with the mining company settlers when they abandon the planet for greener pastures elsewhere. (The fact that she feels the company will likely tamper with her cryo unit so that she "accidentally" dies in transport speaks to the fact...more
Lis Carey
A failing colony is removed from an alien world by the company that owns it, but one old woman, tired of having others run her life, hides in the forest until everyone is safely gone. The abandoned equipment and supplies enable her to survive, and she settles into a routine. Months later, on the communications equipment in the colony Center, she listens to the landing of another colony on another part of the planet - and its immediate destruction by natives whose presence no one had suspected. T...more
I must tell you about one of my very best dearest friend, sorry book. Meet Ofelia, she is a mature woman past childbearing who never got a chance to make something of herself. The scene is the one town on a company owned colony planet. She lives with her obnoxious son Barto and his wife Rosara in town when we learn that the company lost the franchise to the planet. All colonists have to leave.

Ofelia has had enough and decides to stay when the others leave. I love to listen to Ofelia’s thoughts a...more
I just loved the book. I thought it was near perfect in every way. The alien race was sufficiently unique, which in a way, made the novel - to have a race that appeared more primitive, only to have them demonstrate an intelligence and capacity to learn that far outstripped that of humans was inspired. And of course we have Ofelia herself who has to be in my top five list of heroines now, what a woman!
‘Restos de población’ es una novela de primer contacto, en la que la protagonista absoluta es Ofelia, una anciana que se rebela ante la vida que está llevando. Ofelia y su familia viven junto a otros colonos en un planeta perteneciente a una compañía, hasta que ésta decide que ha dejado de ser productivo y opta por reubicar a la población. Pero Ofelia, harta de la vida que estaba llevando hasta este momento, ve en esto una oportunidad, una especie de retiro para los años que le quedan, y decide...more
When the rest of the colony that Ofelia has been a part of for over 40 years are leaving the planet they've called home for the same amount of time Ofelia makes the decision to stay behind. She's old, and wants to live her last years in peace without interference from anyone else. But of course, she's not as alone as she hoped she would be..

I found this book really hard to rate because it left me with mixed feelings. Because some parts of the book deserve more than 3 stars...

But I have to admit...more
This was awesome: an old woman decides she doesn't want to leave when her planet is evacuated, so she hides from the shuttles. She loves her new life and her freedom and the silence, and being away from nagging voices telling her what to do. She eventually realizes that there is other life - intelligent life - on the planet as well. The character of Ofelia is so well-done and has a fantastic voice! I really like the reveal of the indigenous culture as well. Good fun and a quick read.
Fascinatingly rendered with one of the most unusual and empathetic protagonists in any novel I have read. The exploration of a new culture sheds so much light on our own. Amazing. I want to read it over again.
Burgandy Ice
My Rating: 3.5 Worth the Time

Elizabeth Moon really dove into the depths of age in the character of Ofelia. I enjoyed her depth of experience and wisdom. I love the way Ofelia grew & adapted to accept herself and fulfill her own wishes and dreams. Ofelia is a great person. Someone I could look up to, honor. Moon changes age from being something horrible or fearful into something satisfying.

The planet is amazing. The difference between Terra-forming ground the colonists cultivated and the loca...more
Kathy Cowley
I admit it: this is the first book I have ever read that has a 70 year old lady as the protagonist.

In Remnant Population, Colony 3245.12 is abandoned because it is not profitable, but Ofelia, at 70, does not want to move to another world, so she stays, the sole human resident of a planet. Later, more humans decide to colonize thousands of miles from Ofelia, but they are slaughtered by aliens Ofelia didn't know existed--now it's up to Ofelia to save the alien species from the wrath of Earth.

Kim Falconer
Nov 09, 2011 Kim Falconer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: Miriam
Shelves: sf, technology, planets
Elizabeth Moon is a wonderful writer. She's created a unique protagonist in Ofelia and made some important observations about class, gender biases and aging in 'our' cultural paradigm. Very important. The authenticity of her settings, from the behavior of the sheep and cattle to the weather, gardens and technology says Moon has lived a diverse life and/or knows how to research. Her creation of an 'alien' species was fabulous.

More important than that, I fell into the story as it carried me into...more
Shultonus shultonus
4.5 stars would be a better rating, but it was still a top notch read. The beef I have with the story isn't the writing, it's the large in-debtness to previous writing in the genre. The author, Moon credits Ursala Le Guin in the front material, so this debt is acknowleged, at least. If you like the strong, independent women of Le Guin, and her anti-regime writings, you will love this book. The main character leaps off the page. And the alien culture, while heavily borrowed, still is interesting...more
Absolutely loved this book. Wonderfully written. It made me think about how we see other people and how I'd like to live my life. I know that's a strange thing to say about a sci fi/fantasy story, but there you are.

Ofelia is in her seventies and does not want to evacuate with the rest of the colonists on the planet. She wants to be free of the constraints that living with others places on her, and doesn't mind being alone. So she hides and stays and loves it. Then she finds out that she is not a...more
A lot of work went into writing this book in which an elderly lady stays behind on her planet when her colony goes bust and leaves. However, after a golden period in which she subsists on her own, she discovers she is not alone. A new race of intelligent life makes contact with her and she wakes to a new sense of responsibility.
I found this story captivating. I loved 75 year old Ofelia who chooses to hide out while her colony planet is vacating so that she can be alone to do what she pleases. The family she has takes her for granted and opposes their will on her and she revels in the freedom once she's all alone..... but SHE'S NOT ALONE AFTER ALL. I don't want to spoil but Ofelia goes on a splendid journey of self discovery and gaining self worth. Finding more purpose with the aliens than she ever did with her fellow c...more
As soon as I have written this review, I am throwing my copy in the bin.

Which is a tragedy, because I loved it.

So why the bin? Because page 122 proceeds to page 171, goes through to page 202, and then to page 155... and thence to the end. So I can never read this again, and can never lend my copy to anyone, and I cannot in good conscience even give it to a charity.

So sad.

But yes, I kept reading, even with missing 30 pages in the middle, because this book is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.

If there's no c...more
A pretty good SF work. An elderly woman named Ofelia, discontent with her life, stays behind when a colony is evacuated. The story eventually becomes a "first contact" tale, as a previously undiscovered indigenous population is disturbed by a new colony.

There's not anything stunningly new in this for SF readers, but it is a well crafted tale. A lot of time is spent with just Ofelia after the colony is evacuated, with pacing and style that reminded me a lot of some of Le Guin's work. Probably the...more
Pamela Pickering
Nov 30, 2008 Pamela Pickering rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Matt, Juli, Harmony?, Ann? Sanley
Recommended to Pamela by: found it on Goodreads recent reviews board
I find it very hard to find a good book to read when I've finished a really fantastic one. I may be in that place now or maybe I'm just in a "negative mood" and have a hard time finding anything to like. At any rate, I'm turfing this one. To be fair, sci-fi is not my chosen reading genre (although I do enjoy it on film) however I occassionally like to choose things to take me out of my comfort zone (don't want to get Alzheimer's, ya know!). The premise of this tale seemed very interesting and it...more
Originally posted on my LiveJournal account:

Read For: The Women of Science Fiction book club

So, as you can see, this book was a book club read. I've never really heard about Elizabeth Moon before, but she was a named I recognized; I work at a book store and you just pick up author names. Her books never really caught my attention though, and I've never really read reviews of them anywhere, so I had no idea what to expect from this book when I started. (I...more
I tend to buy books with a high reread value, and this is one of them. This book is amazing in its portrayal of aging, societal pressures, how the elderly are viewed, and, most importantly, community. I won't post a summary because there's already one posted and many have done so in their reviews. I will, however, respond to some themes I've noticed in the reviews that gave it a lower rating.
The pacing- I can see where some might find this book too slow paced. For me, the isolation and Ofelia's...more
Apr 09, 2013 J. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I have several Elizabeth Moon books in my to-read list, but this is the first of her books I've gotten around to reading. I greatly enjoyed the book. I loved the main character, definitely a kindred spirit. This was a good first contact story, but a far better human story.

My only real annoyance with the main character, which was really the author bleeding through, was when she went on and on and on about the killing of wild animals for food. She had stated that she liked meat, but not the killin...more
I was thoroughly engaged in "Remnant Population" from start to finish. Having an elderly woman as a strong protagonist was a new and interesting experience. Ofelia is a very well-rounded, human character. She has her strengths and faults. She is the victim of agism by her community and society at large. She refuses to play by the rules. She has compassion and a depth of knowledge that is often overlooked and underestimated (sometimes even by herself).

While the society that is presented is more t...more
Lindsey Duncan
I read this book years ago (well over a decade) and approached a reread with trepidation: could it possibly live up to my rosy memories of it? (In fact, I even recommended it for a science fiction literature course that I took.) Long story short: it did. Oh, it very much did. I love this book: it's sensual, emotional, humorous and intimate.

Ofelia is a delightful character, an atypical heroine sketched warts and all. Even her initial attitude is surly and even "bratty," it's easy to see where she...more
Alex Hammel

For my final WOGF review, I decided that I should read something that is on the theme of why I decided to do the challenge in the first place. There are any number of good reasons for it: certainly female SF authors are read far less than they deserve. But for me, it's about a feeling I had growing up and reading things like The Lord of the Rings and watching Star Wars and being able to look up to fictional heroes like Frodo and Luke. Ordinary guys who find themselves way out of their depth but...more
David King
Review originally posted on my blog:

The story is set on a colony world and follows Ofelia, an old woman who is now pretty much disregarded by her younger family members. Due to the colony pretty much failing, the company that put the colonists there loses its franchise and the people there have to be evacuated. Ofelia however know that she will likely die during any new space journey and therefore decides to stay behind on her own to live the rest of her life...more
This book was wonderful sci-fi. The heroine is a woman who is somewhere between 70 and 85 years old. She is amazing. It was a pleasure to listen in on her thoughts and see her reaction to the challenges that she faces on a outlying planet colony that has been abandoned. She inspires me to be better and not complain about the challenges I face. She has become another friend/example in my head that I can think about when I need encouragement to just do what needs to be done and to do my best by my...more
I really like going into a book with no expectations, with hardly any idea of what the plot is. Because sometimes a book surprises you. Like Elizabeth Moon’s Remnant Population did with me.

And so it began one day with me scrolling through the Singapore library’s Overdrive collection, the Science Fiction category in particular. I’m not sure why I landed on Remnant Population. Perhaps it was the author’s name. Elizabeth Moon. It just sounded like a pretty awesome name to me – Chinese surnames aren...more
Crystal Durnan
This book shows in my opinion what is likely the true future of humanity: most of the population are born lifelong indentured servants to a company. The company provides food, shelter and all basic needs but you or your colony can be placed anywhere at anytime for labor or other purposes... any purpose The Company requires.

This particular story is about an old woman released from her contract with The Company at the age of 70, who is not only useless but a financial drain to her very annoying f...more
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Elizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie...more
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