The Shore of Women

Overview

"A cautionary tale, well-written, with excellent character characterization, a fine love story, as well as much food for thought...an elegant science fiction novel." -Ann McCaffrey

This classic work of feminist science fiction finds the world reordered. Following a nuclear holocaust, women have used advanced technology to expel men from their cities, bringing them back only for purposes of loveless reproduction under the guise of powerful goddesses. When one young woman, Birana, questions her society's deception,...

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Overview

"A cautionary tale, well-written, with excellent character characterization, a fine love story, as well as much food for thought...an elegant science fiction novel." -Ann McCaffrey

This classic work of feminist science fiction finds the world reordered. Following a nuclear holocaust, women have used advanced technology to expel men from their cities, bringing them back only for purposes of loveless reproduction under the guise of powerful goddesses. When one young woman, Birana, questions her society's deception, she finds herself exiled amongst the very men she has been taught to scorn. As Birana and her reluctant male protector Arvil grow closer, their feelings for each other just might mend their fractured world-if they somehow manage to survive.

"Pamela Sargent gives meticulous attention to a believable scenario....a captivating tale both from the aspect of the lessons that the author tries to impart and from the skills she has used to tell it." -The Rocky Mountain News

"How many perfect science fiction novels have I read? Not many. There are at most three or four such works in a decade. Pamela Sargent's THE SHORE OF WOMEN is one of the few perfect novels of the 1980s....Her story of a woman exiled from a safe high-tech city of women, the man ordered by the gods to kill her, and their search for a place of safety, is powerful, beautiful, and true." -The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This unusual romance novel takes a fresh look at a familiar science fiction setting. In a post-nuclear future, women live in walled cities, controlling all technology. Men, considered incapable of complex intellectual functions, worship females as divine beings. Roaming the countryside in primitive bands, men approach cities only when summoned for purposes of procreation. At the story's center is a young woman, Birana, who is wrongly convicted of a crime and banished from her city. Birana's judges assume that her lack of strength and outdoor skills will condemn her to a quick death. She survives, however, and during her struggles meets a hunter, Arvil. Over time, Birana realizes Arvil is not a savage, and he discovers she is not a goddess. They fall in love, and together search for refuge from the all-powerful women, who fear the day when men no longer hold them in awe. Some science fiction purists may be surprised by the decidedly erotic nature of this story, but, with her luminous prose and vivid characters, Sargent Venus of Dreams has written a compelling and emotionally involving novel. November 19
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617566721
  • Publisher: EReads
  • Publication date: 12/20/2013
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Sargent is the author of Child of Venus and Venus of Dreams and the editor of Women of Wonder, The Contemporary Years, a collection of science fiction written by women. One of her short stories was also recently dramatized on the television series Tales from the Darkside. She lives in Albany, New York. Anne McCaffrey is the author of more than 60 novels, including the The Ship Who Sang, The Rowan, and titles in the Dragonriders of Pern series. Among the awards she has received are the Margaret A. Edwards award for lifetime achievement and the Gandalf, Hugo, Nebula, and Skylark awards.
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