He, She, & It

He, She, & It

by Marge Piercy
     
 

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The author of Summer People and Gone to Soldiers offers a haunting vision of the future America. The story of an illegal cyborg that is brought to life to protect one of the few remaing "free towns" is interweaved with the ancient story of a Jewish ghetto in Prague, where a golem is brought "to life" to protect the people. See more details below

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The author of Summer People and Gone to Soldiers offers a haunting vision of the future America. The story of an illegal cyborg that is brought to life to protect one of the few remaing "free towns" is interweaved with the ancient story of a Jewish ghetto in Prague, where a golem is brought "to life" to protect the people.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this diverting tale of the 21st century, poet and novelist ( Summer People ) Piercy explores a world where information has become a commodity more precious than gold. When Shira Shipman, a ``psychoengineer' (artificial intelligence expert) for a powerful corporation, loses her young son in a custody battle, she decides to leave the rigidly controlled confines of her Multi (one of 23 corporate city-states that divide the world) and head for Tikva, where she grew up. Seeking the comforts of home and hearth and maybe even some of Grandma's chicken soup, Shira finds instead that Tikva--one of the few remaining ``free'' towns unallied with a powerful corporation--is under attack from ``information pirates'' who are killing computer programmers for the knowledge in Tikva's mainframe. Soon enough, grandma Malkah, a brilliant, feisty programmer, enlists Shira's aid in protecting their hometown. Enter Yod, a cyborg created specifically for that purpose; before he can go out on patrols or mingle with the populace, however, he must be socialized and it is Shira's job to do so. There is no chicken soup in Tikva, but in Yod's arms Shira finds comfort aplenty. Intercut with Malkah's vignettes of a golem that protected the Jewish ghetto in 17th-century Prague, the human/cyborg love story in Piercy's vivid future world remains transcendent. 40,000 first printing. (Oct.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This is Piercy's first full-fledged foray into science fiction, although Woman on the Edge of Time ( LJ 6/1/76) flirted with the genre. In the 21st century the world has been ravaged by environmental disaster and war, with much of the populace living in corporate domes. Depressed over child custody problems with Josh, her ex-husband, Shira Shipman returns to her childhood home, one of the few free Jewish towns. There she falls in love with Yod, an illegal cyborg created to defend the town against attack. Filled with fantastic technological description, the plot zooms to a page-turning climax. A story of a golem in 17th-century Prague told by Shira's warmhearted grandmother mirrors the action. While not as visionary as Doris Lessing's ``Canopus in Argos'' novels, this projection of a world with a computer for a soul has the ring of reality. As usual, Piercy's women are strong and sympathetic. With the exception of Yod, her men are either frivolous or cold. Recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/91.-- Harriet Gottfried, NYPL

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ISBN-13:
9780517112564
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1993

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Adrienne Rich
"As always, Piercy writes with high intelligence, love for the world, ethical passion, and innate feminism."

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