In this character driven novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke, human survival hinges on a bizarre alliance.
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 pr...more
The name of this Planet and Commonwealth shall be Pax as a reminder to ourselves for all time of our aspirations.
— from the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pax
Earth — a fruitful planet once dear to my ancestors. Rummaging through the history of our own civilisation, Earth was indeed a magnificent place to live in until the day animals and plantations began to die. The ecological disaster was irreparable. A privately-funded project was then initiated to send a c ...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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① Survivalist/apocalyptic type stories me like not v ...more
The premise is straightforward: a group of colonists has landed on Pax, fleeing Earth’s environmental catastrophes and endless wars. T ...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
Semiosis is a science fiction novel with an appealing hook: what if space-faring humanity found a world where plants are intelligent — in some cases arguably more intelligent than humans — and can communicate in their own unique ways? In the latter half of the 21st century, a group of fifty idealistic humans leave Earth, which is beset by a global warming crisis and social problems, to settle another planet far away, which they name Pax. Two ...more
I really loved the whole pacifist angle and loved how many problems it caused. But on the other hand, it set up a very cool mutualism with the aggressive bamboo.
I recommend this book for all you folks who loved Children of Time, Grass, or any other hard-SF author dealing ...more
The story was very unique and interesting, I especially liked the concept of it being told through different generations. While it was harder to connect to the characters that way (too many short povs for that) it gave a great insight on everything that was going on and it ...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
CONTENT WARNING: (no actual spoilers, just a list of topics) (view spoiler)[graphic rape, child abuse, torture, body horror, disease, serial killers, murder, animals being hurt/killed. (hide spoiler)]
Things that were awesome
-The world. Exceptionally well realized and diverse. The author did a fantastic job making it feel foreig ...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
In this novel, Burke brought us to Pax, a newly colonized planet where a handful of ...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
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
(Apologies for my English, I’m trying to improve it, thanks!)
Much of what I comment in this review can be read in the first chapter (and I must note that the cover and synopsis of the book reveals more than this review, if you don't want spoilers don't read it). In short, “Semiosis” explains the colonization of an unknown planet, a planet with a rich ecology. The colonists call it Pax.
The Pacifists, trying to distance from Earth's wars and ecological disasters, organize the ...more
Within the first few pages this turned into a dangerous endeavor with creepy plants that seemed to be after the small band of colonists. I was very quickly immersed in the storytelling ...more
1. A space faring civilization, whose A.I. picked the perfect planet yet couldn't compensate for the higher gravity when landing?
2. A space faring civilization who can send 50 people light years away but couldn't spare the weight for an extra food synthesizer? Really the loss of that could have been done in a 100 more believable ways.
3. A 50 person colony? I didn' ...more
I do agree with others that it took a while for the plot to evolve, but that somehow seems fitting, as this is a generations story. We follow different individuals from different years, with each their specific story and point of view. I liked that way of telling it because even though it is on th ...more
semiotics = any activity, conduct, or process that involves signs, including the production of meaning.
This book is part one in a duology (the second one will be published this October) and tells the story of the planet known as Pax. Pax is an Earth-like planet that was therefore explored (and settled) by some humans. N ...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
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
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
|Space Opera Fans : Feb 2020 THEMED: Semiosis by Burke||5||26||Feb 18, 2020 01:04PM|
|Fantasy Buddy Reads: Burke - Semiosis [Jan 21, 2020]||14||17||Feb 08, 2020 11:12AM|
|Film worth seeing||1||11||Jan 25, 2020 02:53PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Science Fiction, Adult. People surviving on a new planet discover abandoned village and tree that communicates. Spoilers ahead. [s]||3||40||Dec 29, 2019 01:37PM|
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.