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Alone in the desert, Daiya is faced with dilemma that will determine her fate. If she can successfully resolve it she will join the Net of her village, but if she fails, her life will be spent will the feared Merged Ones. Confused and torn between worlds near and far, Daiya harbors a secret of her people, and must find a way to move beyond her discoveries to a safe place w ...more
Hardcover, book club, 183 pages
Published 1980 by Pocket Books (NY)
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Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's startling to come back to a book you read when you were 9 and discover that it has some eerily prescient science-fiction concepts. I don't know if this book could be published today, but if you can find a copy it's well worth a read.

I read this book repeatedly when I was 9 or 10 - it was the only science fiction book my grandmother had in the house, and whenever I stayed with her I would read it. I know I read it sometime around when I read Clan of the Cave Bear, because when I finally figu
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
This bk was.. fascinating.. I read it slowly.. so I didn't necessarily 'enjoy' it in the way I enjoy other fiction. I think of my childhood, when I started reading SF. I sometimes tell people that I learned my ethics from reading superhero comics - not from church. I have a similar relationship to SF.

Let's say I have the closest literary relationships to concrete poetry, language centered writing, OuLiPo, & SF. Of these 4, SF is the only one deeply rooted in my childhood. It's like a parent to
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pamela Sargent is the best scifi author that nobody has ever heard of. Every book hits me hard in the feels.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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TammyJo Eckhart
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved most of Pamela's Sargent's works whether that has been short stories, novels, or series. This is the first book of one of her older series, my copy says 1980 for the copyright. This story twists the gender alignment often common in science fiction of women more aligned with nature and men more aligned with technology but then it twists it again and again. I found that a close reading was needed to fully grasp what was happening compared to Sargent's other works I've read. I found ou ...more
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Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Watchstar is an idea novel: the characters, the world(s), and the problems they face exist solely to make you consider big questions. In this instance, the questions are what it means to be human, the nature of human consciousness, and morality. How much you like Watchstar almost certainly depends on how much those topics intrigue you. As I find morality fascinating, but could take-or-leave anything to do with human nature/consciousness, it's only natural that Watchstar isn't a perfect fit for m ...more
Kolya Matteo
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I picked this book up at random in a Half-Price Books, not having heard of it or its author, and was surprised how good it was. It has really interesting ideas, and a very modern-seeming treatment of "shipminds," although referred to as cybernetic intelligences, a term which seems to have fallen into less use. I did notice that books had to be put into the e-reader device on something like microfiche—even if the contents were first transmitted by a solar-system-spanning information network.
Austin Dixon
The second book in this series (Eye of the Comet) was the first book I remember reading as a child. It contributed a lot to my lifelong obsession with reading, and my love for science fiction.

I recently went back and re-read the trilogy. I was afraid they wouldn't hold up to my memories, but as it turns out, they were much better than I remember.

The stories are told simply, on a level that young people could enjoy, but as an adult I can now read between the lines and see the deeper social comm
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't remember this book beyond a vague impression. I read someone else's review and remembered a very little more; I didn't recognize the title but found it on a list I had made years ago of books I had read. Obviously it wasn't impressive enough then.
Karen Baadsgaard
Started, didn't finish. Didn't like the storyline.
I probably would have *loved* this book as a nine year old. As an adult I found the constant telepathy a little dull and the story unsurprising.
Erik Graff
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sargent fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
While I remember the cover and probably bought this book through the Science Fiction Book Club, I don't recall the story.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great storytelling, keeps you turning those pages. For such an old book it didn't come across as dated.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't speak for how it would hold up now, but read this as a child: blew my little mind.
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Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. In 2012, she was honored with the Pilgrim Award by the Science Fiction Research Association for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship. She is the author of the novels Cloned Lives, The Sudden Star, Wa ...more

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