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Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure

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This revised version of Duane Simolke's science fiction adventure Degranon features more gay characters and a sharper focus on diversity themes. On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called "the Maintainers" carefully monitors everyone's speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also forc ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published June 9th 2004 by iUniverse (first published January 28th 2002)
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Elisa Rolle
Admitedly sci-fiction is not my cup of tea and that is a big gap if you want to read Degranon, since I think the main inspiration for this novel are the old fashioned classics of sci-fiction, ’70 and ’80 style. In those year, due to the political climate, people were trying to understand the right level of government influence in your everyday life, and to do that utopian worlds were developed on fictional novels (as often happen).

Degranon has an interesting approach: is the world a better plac
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Susan
The writing in this book is a bit uneven, perhaps because the author wrote it over the space of nearly 20 years, beginning when he was only 15. But the plot is intriguing, and the characters are complicated and real. The themes are important ones like diversity and government control vs freedom.

There are two versions of this book, both hard to find in paper format. The one I read was the second, in which Simolke has changed a few of the main characters to incorporate a same-gendered relationship
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Lathia Vishant
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
it is a very very good
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Ike Rose
Feb 27, 2011 is currently reading it
Bought it from Kobo (my e-reader is connected to them) and it's loaded. The first few pages were interesting at 3AM.
Vanessa Kings
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This very rich sci-fi story captivated me from the beginning. From the main topic of a land where there are no minorities, no differences between races or sexual orientations, to the writing style that transports you into the story in an effortless way, I read this book in record time, unable to put it down.

It’s amazing how the author managed to create such complex society, with characters that felt real, with real struggles, doubts, and concerns. I personally found Taldra’s character fascinatin
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Susan65
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I must be on a roll, because this is the third sci-fi “Star Treky” kind of story that I’ve read in the past month…and I am not normally a sci-fi kind of girl. This story, however, is very well written and fun. I’m pretty sure I got the updated version because I saw a few earlier reviews mentioning a stilted and choppy story, and this was anything but.

Degranon takes place in an alternate universe where everyone is a person of some color and all have black hair. The skins tones are red, brown, or
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Kurtis Mcdowell
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
DEGRANON is sci-fi that warrants attention. A thought provoking read revolving around queer culture, advanced technology, and distant planets of alien worlds that mirror our own. It's a wealth of ideas that revolve around well-constructed narrative and intriguing characters.

I have been gifted this book and chose to leave a voluntary review. The review and ratings are solely my opinions. Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.
Michael Joseph
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay-sci-fi
You can read my review of Degranon at my web site.
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My writing spans genres, but my most popular books are Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure and the West Texas fiction collection The Acorn Stories. I live in Lubbock, Texas.

Duane Simolke (pronounced “Dwain Smoky”). Education: Belmont University (B.A., ‘89, Nashville, TN), Hardin-Simmons University (M.A., ‘91, Abilene, TX), and Texas Tech University (Ph.D., ‘96, Lubbock, TX), all with a major in
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