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The Ragged World

(Holy Ground Trilogy #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In the early years of the twenty-first century, Earth teetered on the brink of ecological destruction. Then the alien Hefn came, determined to save the dying Earth -- and to the Hefn, the ends always justified the means. Humans were given nine years to correct their mistakes -- alone, with no recourse to the Hefn's advanced technology. If by then the Earth's ecology had no ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published April 22nd 1992 by Del Rey (first published 1991)
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Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Several hefn are abandoned on Earth in 1623. In 2006 the hefn ship returned to pick up any survivors. After giving up the search they left, but came back in 2010. The first four stories introduce different characters which are then picked up again in the next four. Very enjoyable. Individually most of the stories stand alone, four have been published in IASFM and another in F&SF, but together as a novel they work even better.

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I have gone out of my way to find sci-fi/fantasy writers who include Quakers in their stories and, as far as I know, are Quakers themselves. I thought it would be interesting and I wondered if I would notice a difference in focus or some other component because of this (I have done this with Mormon writers of the genre, too). So far I have read a few and Judith Moffett in my latest. I was pleased with the book. This is a collection of intertwined short stories/novellas, although I think only a c ...more
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This was a book club choice. The girl who wrote it back in the early 90's is one of our members. The book was a bit strange, but I liked it. My kind of strange. Our discussion was great because she was there and could discuss how she came about writing such a book.
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Alien environmentalists? I wish. That is all I am going to say.
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Judith Moffett was born in Louisville in 1942 and grew up in Cincinnati. She is an English professor, a poet, a Swedish translator, and the author of twelve books in six genres. These include two volumes of poetry, two of Swedish poetry in formal translation, four science-fiction novels plus a collection of stories, a volume of creative nonfiction, and a critical study of James Merrill's poetry; s ...more

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