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Dark Water's Embrace
     

Dark Water's Embrace

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by Stephen Leigh
 

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Often compared to Ursula K. Le Guin's ground-breaking The Left Hand of Darkness, Dark Water's Embrace is a fascinating look at issues of human (and alien) sexuality. Stephen Leigh creates a rich world with elaborate care and uses this alien backdrop to delve into issues of survival, sexuality and the meaning of life itself.

The colony's doctor, Anais, herself

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Often compared to Ursula K. Le Guin's ground-breaking The Left Hand of Darkness, Dark Water's Embrace is a fascinating look at issues of human (and alien) sexuality. Stephen Leigh creates a rich world with elaborate care and uses this alien backdrop to delve into issues of survival, sexuality and the meaning of life itself.

The colony's doctor, Anais, herself suffers from a sexual deformity. However, her world is turned upside down when she discovers that the preserved corpse of a long-extinct native race carries exactly the same deformities as herself.

What is the connection? And can she find the answer to this mystery that has reached back from time to haunt both her and the colony struggling to survive against impossible odds?

This edition includes eight new appendices by Stephen Leigh.

Editorial Reviews

Feminist Bookstore News
...an exciting novel from a well-respected writer. Once again, we have a work of fine science fiction which shows us how important biology is to our destiny.
NY Review of Books
The fact is that Stephen Leigh's new novel is a fine piece of work and one that deserves to reach a wide readership.
LIbrary Journal
Haunting and thought-provoking.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012402141
Publisher:
Phoenix Pick
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,270,214
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen Leigh is a Cincinnati-based, award-winning author with nineteen science fiction novels and over forty short stories published. He has been a frequent contributor to the Hugo-nominated shared world series Wild Cards, edited by George R. R. Martin. He taught Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University. The Assassin's Dawn series encompasses his first three novels: Slow to Fall Down, Dance of the Hag, and A Quiet of Stone.

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Dark Water's Embrace 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I loved the story, it mixes fantasy of the Miccail and the Science fiction of the Humans in a deep and encapturing story. It also addresses prejudices that we have today, dealing with gender. This is a must Read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never enjoyed science fiction until I picked this book up one afternoon. Within moments of reading it, I could not put it down. A complex story of identity, gender, and change, 'Dark Water's Embrace' swallows you up and doesn't let go. Most importantly, it makes you think and feel. Old stigmas are peeled away and examined in a rich story of personal growth, relationships, and understanding. If there is one problem with this story is that it ends. These characters are so intoxicating, you never want to say goodbye to them.