Speaking Stones

Speaking Stones

by Stephen Leigh
     
 

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Returning to the enigmatic planet first introduced in his compelling Dark Water's Embrace, Stephen Leigh thoughtfully examines issues of prejudice and race relations among the descendants of the world's marroned human survivors and its native inhabitants.

On the faraway planet Mictlan, a tiny human society has had to sruggle with severe and often disturbing

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Returning to the enigmatic planet first introduced in his compelling Dark Water's Embrace, Stephen Leigh thoughtfully examines issues of prejudice and race relations among the descendants of the world's marroned human survivors and its native inhabitants.

On the faraway planet Mictlan, a tiny human society has had to sruggle with severe and often disturbing complications to adapt to their desolate surroundings. There were physical mutations and birth defects among them, then an uneasy coexistence with the Miccail, an indigenous tri-gendered intelligent species. Most startling of all was the evolution of a third human sex: the Sa, or midmale.

Now the fragile peace that governs the humans and the Miccail is shattered after a young human Sa child is kidnapped, igniting all the half-buried animosities smoldering between the two groups, as savagery and violence break out across the planet. The answer may lie in an imposing carved monolith--the Speaking Stone that contains the secrets of the ancient Miccail religion. Facing annhilation at the hands of its warring civilizations, the planet's only chance for survival hinges on deciphering the stone's cryptic hierloglyphs.Returning to the enigmatic planet first introduced in his compelling Dark Water's Embrace, Stephen Leigh thoughtfully examines issues of prejudice and race relations among the descendants of the world's marroned human survivors and its native inhabitants.

On the faraway planet Mictlan, a tiny human society has had to sruggle with severe and often disturbing complications to adapt to their desolate surroundings. There were physical mutations and birth defects among them, then an uneasy coexistence with the Miccail, an indigenous tri-gendered intelligent species. Most startling of all was the evolution of a third human sex: the Sa, or midmale.

Now the fragile peace that governs the humans and the Miccail is shattered after a young human Sa child is kidnapped, igniting all the half-buried animosities smoldering between the two groups, as savagery and violence break out across the planet. The answer may lie in an imposing carved monolith--the Speaking Stone that contains the secrets of the ancient Miccail religion. Facing annhilation at the hands of its warring civilizations, the planet's only chance for survival hinges on deciphering the stone's cryptic hierloglyphs.

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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.
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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:
9780062030979
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
578,896
File size:
2 MB

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