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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  133 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Paul Park's Nebula-nominated novel is an extraordinary, challenging work about a human colony on an alien world. "A "Martian Chronicles" for the nineties possessed of a haunting power".--"Locus".
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by Tor Books (first published 1993)
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Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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A well-written dark view of humanity through a Sci-fi lense. The ending is haunting.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
At times I had a problem finding a sympathetic character, but the portrayal of aliens (to us at least) is as thoughtful and interesting as any I've seen in science fiction. Paul Park's portrayal of futuristic imperialism is imaginative and disturbing.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Imperialist HUmans find a planet to sustain life after the Earth is all used up. Two Aboriginal races live there and the humans genocide one of the races, and force the other to take a medication that limits their senses; to enslave them. A good story for a misanthropa like myself, but not for a misandrist like myself.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Hmm. Interesting start, I enjoyed it until about halfway through, and then it all went a bit weird.
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Sep 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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I have the hardback of this book.

Ostensibly, Paul Park writes Science fiction. But I believe he writes literary fiction using SF as a skin around the body of his work. There are definitely ideas of importance in this book, but it's not something I would normally read if I hadn't met Paul Park and know him to be a nice and generous fellow. Frankly, there are elements here that I didn't understand, which may be good, although it can be frustrating at times. If you are looking for space opera type
Sep 03, 2010 marked it as didnt-finish
don't know what was going on at all, so i didn't bother finishing. it's fine if you don' tknow what's going on, but you have to be interested in finding out!
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
interesting book, the author mudt br a genius
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Paul Park (born 1954) is an American science fiction author and fantasy author. He lives in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children. He also teaches a Reading and Writing Science Fiction course at Williams College. He has also taught several times at the Clarion West Writing Workshop.

Park appeared on the American science fiction scene in 1987 and quickly established himself
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