Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that mammals are more than tools.
Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provi ...more
💀 DNF at 42% 💀
Why, despite uncanny, superhuman (and quite heroic) efforts on my part to finish this book, I ended up DNFing the fish out of it and making a quick, life-preserving escape with the help of Edward my ferocious, ballistic missile-like pet snail.
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Survivalist/apocalyptic type stories me like not ve ...more
Semiosis is a debut novel about a small group of humans who travel from an environmentally-damaged Earth to a new planet, in hopes of starting over in a new community based on peace, mutual respect, and hope. Troubles arise as soon as they begin making the planet, which they name Pax, home. Much of the story is about survival – learning how to farm new fields and plant native crops, which animals can be tamed, and which are predators, ...more
Semiosis is a multi-generational story that takes place over the course of many years, following a group of human colonists who have traveled light years from Earth to settle on a planet they dubbed Pax. The first pioneers, made up of mostly young scientists and activists who were saddened by the plight of their polluted and war-torn world, hoped to start over and establish a peaceful society on this newly discovered plane ...more
The planet of Pax has had a billion years more evolution than Earth ecosystems. Intelligence abounds, sometimes in unusual places like in plants that can communicate with the rest of their rich ecosystem and manipulate animals for their own ends. This novel tells the stories of descending generations from the very first settlers as ...more
50 colonists flee a future Earth, wracked by warfare and ecologic collapse. They hope to make a fresh start on a new planet far, far away. After 150-some years in hibernation, they awake to find a promising green world below. The landing doesn’t go well: one of the landers crashes, killing 12 settlers and destroying irreplaceable equipment. Another four die f ...more
'Semiosis' is an astounding science fiction read. There are so many ideas written into the plot book clubs could extend discussions of the book to two nights! Yet YA readers will have lots of action and suspense to enjoy. Only those readers who dislike generation sagas might be disappointed in the book. However, unlike many sagas, this novel is fast-paced and character-driven.
The author concentrates on a few characters from several generations in the establishment of a human colon ...more
We begin with the the first group arriving on the world they call Pax 150 years after they took off. Pax is the name picked ahead of time to cement their intention to live in harmony with one another and with their world; they had aimed at another, but woke to find the ship off course, so they located a planet that seemed to fit their requirements.
Alas, very soon this seeming paradise prove ...more
Wanting to leave behind numerous conflicts, warfare and ecological disasters, a group of colonists departs Earth, to create a new, better life. They decide to land on another planet than the one they set out to, based on very good readings from their ship, so they arrive on PAX (latin for peace) with few casualties. Here, they try to form a society based on peace and harmony, avoiding conflic ...more
This is a first contact, multi-generational planetary settlement story that focuses on the characters and group sociology. I personally love this kind of book, so it was a winner for me right from the start. Such an interesting take this was too, with the sentient local species that engages with the human settlers being a plant. I liked too that while some of the expected patterns of behaviour do play out, there is a realistic commitment to a higher ideal by the settl ...more
In the first chapter the colonists encounter two competing sentient plant based life forms and with all the trepidation and foreshadowing of teens entering a spooky house in a horror flick, choose their botanical side.
The second chapter moves forward a generation and unearths a major cover up. At the end of the second chapter ab ...more
Uh, no. I'm pretty sure this isn't what's going through your head (in mine: creamy cream cheese! chewy gluteny toasty!). But the ...more
Well mateys. I learned a new word from this novel. Semiosis. Cool sounding word. Wasn’t sure of it’s exact meaning. So I be sharing with me hearties:
semiosis : a process in which something functions as a sign to an organism.
Yup, this book was indeed all about that. A bunch of folk from Earth have dreams of creating a new space colony dedicated to being in harmony w ...more
+ There have been numerous sci-fi writings about the value of a communion human-biosphere. This being sci-fi, the communion does not need to take place on Earth, and does not need to be harmonious or even successful (e.g., as in the horror-grade story of Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem). The cultural community of Japan, especially Manga, has taken up and expanded on a version of Gaia, e.g., Hayao Miyazaki's entire work in manga including Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
+ In the 1 ...more
I have to admit, I am still inexperienced with e-books and I'm afraid that I don't process them quite the same way I would if I were reading the paper edition. So, I don't know for sure if I'm evaluating the different aspects of this the way I would 'normally' ... the way you're used to if you read my reviews regularly.
That being said:
I *love* the premise of this story, starting with first contact with aliens who are truly al ...more
Semiosis was an odd book that evoked many different emotions. I started out loving the book because of the sheer imagination displayed, but was pretty sure at some points that I was going to end up hating it. However, my affection for the book would gain ground again just a few chapters later. I can't say I outright loved the book, but I actively wanted to finish it - and that's been difficult for me to do lately.
There are aspec...more
It’s told in changing points of view spanning about a century.
The first is one of the original travelers from Earth. Through him we learn of the hardships and losses they’ve h ...more
I won’t summarize the story. Many reviewers did it very well. Let’s just say that’s a first novel for Ms. Burke and that’s an awesome debut.
Year 1 – Generation 1...more
Grateful for this opportunity to create a new society in full harmony with nature, we enter into this covenant, promising one another our mutual trust and support. We will face hardship, danger, and potential failure, but we can aspire to the use of practical wisdom to seek joy, love, beauty, community, and life.
—FROM THE CONSTITUTION O
What a pleasure this science fiction book was to read. Author Sue Burke's construction and writing style actually made me slow down and enjoy this story she crafted for readers instead of racing through it like my hair was on fire. There are seven segments of the novel with a different narrator from a different generation to guide us through the history of the group of colonist ...more
اگر اهل خواندن کتاب های علمی تخیلی باشید، می دانید که داستان بسیاری از این کتاب ها راجع به 'اولین تماس' است: وقتی انسان ها با اولین موجود هوشمند غیر از خودشان برخورد می کنند. از بین صدها کتاب و فیلم راجع به این موضوع، هرگز به داستانی برخورد نکردم که در آن اولین موجودات فضایی که آدم ها می بینند، جانور نباشند. ولی اگر اولین موجودات هوشمندی که می بینیم، گیاه باشند چه؟ 😯
سمیوسیس اولین کتاب خانم سو برک، راجع به انسان هایی است که زمین را در جستجوی سیاره ای برای زندگی، ترک می کنند و زمانی که در طول سفر ...more
|Beyond Reality: Semiosis -- -- Finished Reading **SPOILERS LIKELY!**||11||31||Jun 28, 2018 12:02PM|
|Beyond Reality: Semiosis -- -- Roll Call and First Impressions **NO SPOILERS!**||12||27||Jun 16, 2018 07:55AM|
|Play Book Tag: Semiosis by Sue Burke, 5 stars||7||23||May 23, 2018 02:58PM|
|Play Book Tag: Semiosis - 4* new thoughtful SF, aliens, colony||1||14||Mar 26, 2018 10:40AM|
I've worked for forty years as a journalist, both as a reporter and editor, and I translate from Spanish to English.
I also write poetry, essays, and fiction, especially science fiction.