The myriad alien civilizations populating far, distant worlds have many good reasons to detest the blight called "humankind" . . .
The only human child living in a work colony on the Martian satellite Phobos, little Margaret Bain has invented six imaginary companions to keep boredom and loneliness at bay. Each an extension of her personality, they are lost to her when...more
The Publisher Says: The only human child living in a work colony on the Martian satellite Phobos, little Margaret Bain has invented six imaginary companions to keep boredom and loneliness at bay. Each an extension of her personality, they are lost to her when she is forced to return to Earth. But they are not gone.
The time will come when Margaret, fully grown and wed, must leave this dying world as well—this Earth so denuded by thoughtlessness and chemistry that its only viable ...more
The Margarets is neither her best work nor her worst. It contains neither the ridiculous excesses of Shadow's End nor the true sense of menace and fear of Grass . True to Tepper's pattern, it is ...more
I spent the entire book waiting for a twist ending where the Gentherans are revealed to be the true villains, because surely no alien race can be hailed as truly civilized when it relies on mass forced sterilization (unavoidably genocide) to solve the issue of overpopulation. But I reached the end, and my twist never came. And this choice continued to be presented in a celebratory manner. And I felt sick.
I love this book (as is obvious from my rating)! Tepper has very definite opinions on things and as I generally am of the same opinion, it isn't surprising that she is one of my favorite authors. One reason that I like this book so much is that in the end, (view spoiler)[the human race is saved from itself by being given the gift of information, in this case a racial memory. Some individuals refuse to accept this information but are dealt with by being contained. I have often been ...more
Tepper can - and does - create such strange scenarios with ...more
I will admit I started skimming through some parts of this book because of that repetitiveness. Nothing wrong with authors inserting personal beliefs in their work, but Ms. Tepper could come ...more
In this novel, Tepper tackles the problems of overpopulation and the resulting inevitable environmental collapse. She blames this largely on humans' lack of racial ...more
This one reminded me a lot of "Beauty" in that Tepper used it as a platform to comment on the ...more
Not a bad book, but not a great book overall. Excellent premise, one person splitting along different world-lines pending certain choices ala quantum probability (if it can happen, it has happened/will happen/is happening). The problem is in the execution. The storyline is spotty and the POV bounces between characters so ...more
Some of the setting involving more advanced races and less advanced races reminded me a teensy bit of The Uplift Trilogy by ...more
Tepper is often faulted for her preachiness, and there's a whole herd of political and social high horses being ridden here. But although I don't go along with all of the author's choices in these matters, I have to agree that her themes are important and in need of airing. ...more
I loved the characters. Although some didn't get expanded as much as others, and there were entire swaths of time I would have liked to get more attached to certain characters, overall I felt like I got very involved in their lives and was ...more
There is a pretty little parable wrapped up in all the complexity and once I managed to work out what was going on (this was one book that may have benefitted from me breaking my 'never read the blurb' rule) I enjoyed watching it unfold.
Margaret Bain is the only child on Phobos, a human colony working on a doomed project to transform Mars into a garden planet. To keep away the suffocating demons of ...more
Born near Littleton, Colorado, for most of her career (1962-1986) she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, where she eventually became Executive Director. She has two children and is married to ...more