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Speaking Stones

Speaking Stones

by Stephen Leigh
     
 

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The descendants of humans marooned on the strange planet known as Mictlan have survived against almost impossible odds and have reached a tentative peace with themselves and the native inhabitants. ****

Perhaps the most terrifying change has been the development of a third human gender-the mid-male 'Sa' fundamentally changing the meaning of relationships

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The descendants of humans marooned on the strange planet known as Mictlan have survived against almost impossible odds and have reached a tentative peace with themselves and the native inhabitants. ****

Perhaps the most terrifying change has been the development of a third human gender-the mid-male 'Sa' fundamentally changing the meaning of relationships and social structures humans have known for thousands of years. ****

Adjustments to these changes and influences have come at a terrible physical and emotional cost. The fragile peace governing the communities hide deep rivalries, prejudices and animosities. ****

Then a young human 'Sa' is kidnapped and savagery rules as long-buried emotions and feelings burst forth and the planet is gripped in a storm of violence-a violence that threatens to destroy all. ****

Yet there may be salvation. For an imposing curved monolith called 'The Speaking Stone' holds ancient knowledge that may help bring true peace to the people of Mictlan. But the knowledge itself is buried deep within cryptic hieroglyphs that must be deciphered if the planet's inhabitants are to survive.

Editorial Reviews

Jeri Wright
Speaking Stones is an ambitious novel... The world and the society created here are both fully realized...The story is told in many voices, including journal entries, and it works surprisingly well. I say surprisingly because I rarely enjoy books with so many different points of view, but Leigh makes it work, and work well. I was curious, I was interested, and I was moved, though I see Speaking Stones as more of a "thinking" story than a "feeling" story.
SF Site
Don D'Ammassa
One of the things science fiction can do that mundane literature cannot even attempt is to create a totally new society, one that has never existed in our history, and use it as a reflection of our own culture...The richest and most complex novel Leigh has yet written, and one you'll remember long after you've finished reading it.
Science Fiction Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604504415
Publisher:
Arc Manor
Publication date:
07/10/2009
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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