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Moonstar Odyssey

2.60  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  9 reviews
...when the storms of Satlik raged their worst. Because of this Jobe was different. The family never spoke of it but everyone knew Jobe was special. So Jobe came to know of it too. She had a destiny beyond that of Choice, beyond that moment when she must finally decide for Reethe, Mother of the World, or for Dakka, Father, Son, and Lover. F
Mass Market Paperback, #451-W7372, 159 pages
Published February 1977 by Signet
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
David Gerrold is best known for what was his very first professional sale--the script for the Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles, but he's written several science fiction novels quite a few of which have been nominated for or won Hugo or Nebula Awards. This short novel (only 159 paperback pages) is no exception, having been nominated for a Nebula Award in 1977.

Despite that recognition it's out of print, and it hasn't garnered good ratings (or any reviews) on Amazon, Goodreads or Librar
Joachim Boaz
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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"David Gerrold’s Moonstar Odyssey (1977) is a careful and introspective reflection on identity and gender set in a fascinating world made habitable by terraforming. While the back cover suggests the presence of a driving narrative–the fulfillment of a prophecy propelled by a catastrophic cataclysm–instead, Gerrold’s novel is a bildungsroman that follows the self-realization of a precocious child named Jobe. The dominate struggle that form
Steve Crooks
I thought the book was a real disappointing treatise on a trans-sexual world that I could have done without.
Daniel Kukwa
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: other-sf-fantasy
The writing style is, on occasion, too lyrical for my taste. But in its more straightforward passages, this is a solid exercise in world-building, and its view of a fluid society of sexual orientation & gender -- which must have been unbelievably radical in the 1970s -- is beyond relevant for a reader in the early 21st century. Consider it a surprising work of sci-fi prophecy.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Strangely poetic and sensitive compared to some of Gerrold's other writing. You almost wouldn't think he wrote it...but then there is mention of the "Chtorr-Flowers".

Reminded me a bit of "The Left Hand of Darkness", what with its gender issues, capsule histories and myths.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book when I first discovered it in my early twenties and dealing with sexuality issues. It's controversial, but it was highly original at the time. ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1979 grade D
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
It is hard to believe, but the author of "Trouble with Tribbles" manages to make sex doll. ...more
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