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Welcome to the planet Gielgud, crossroads of the galaxy, where the indigenous species has three eyes, a tail - and no gender.
Welcome to the city of Thrace; travellers of all kinds wander through here. Most are just looking for a good time, free of the restrictions of their own cultures, but some of them have a more specific agenda in mind.
And welcome to JJ's bar, where all
ebook, 174 pages
Published 2010 by Manifold Press

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Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thrace is a collection of unique short stories with an interesting mystery to each. The setting is futuristic/science fiction on a planet where humans have taken over. So much so the indigenous species called Tsygons are treated like second class citizens, at best. The three short stories are all well written and engaging. The collection is listed as M/no-gender alien and that’s certainly true. The Tsygons are gender neutral, although the writing gives them masculine overtones so I doubt anyone ...more
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Actually a 4.5.

This was an excellent read. Three stories in one book, all centred around the concrete city of Thrace. A really intriguing concept that was written incredibly well. I wish that the third story had been slightly longer, that was my only bugbear! I adore the created race, the Tsygons, ebony skinned with no specific gender, and the most awesome tails (which I found incredibly erotic!). The human interaction was hopeful and sad at the same time, we are depicted as a race of people wh
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very good little trio of stories. I liked the world-building and definitely found the primary alien species Tsygons fascinating, and was kind of glad to see the humans NOT being the heroes of the story for a change. They're the jerks of the story, as humans - or a certain percentage of humans - have been since time immemorial. I enjoyed the dynamics between the human protagonists and their alien co-protagonists, how the relationships grew and evolved through the course of the stories. ...more
Elisa Rolle
Let Tsygons Be Tsygons: In this novella Peneleope Friday plans out the setting for all the anthology. Gielgud is a futuristic space galaxy where terrans (humans from planet earth) built colonies. Thrace is the capital city of Gielgud. Jed is a just graduate doctor who has to find a place where to do his internee years and since he is not exactly “elite” the only place he finds is a clinic in Thrace, a clinic that supposedly should care both of humans than aliens.

What probably irked me a lot, an
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Thrace is an interesting collection of 3 short stories - Let Tsygons Be Tsygons, Electric High and An Equal Opportunity Murderer - that are linked by both their setting and their themes.

All 3 stories are set on the alien world of Thrace, a concrete jungle with an atmosphere poisonous to humans. As the closest inhabitable planet to Earth, however, it has proven to be a natural target for . . . well, let's call it colonization. Humans have largely taken over the world, placing the native Tsygons -
Nov 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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3.5 star. This book is actually three short stories in one book. The first book being the longest also because of the world building explanations. All are mystery type stories which I like and combined with the sci-fi setting it is really nice.
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Penelope Friday has been fascinated with the Regency Period since she discovered Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in her teens, and she is a regular contributor to Jane Austen’s Regency World. She is also a speaker and writer on sexuality and disability, both separately and the intersection of the two, including presentations and contributions to NHS and Channel 4. She lives in Kent, England.

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