About the Author
Nancy Kress (1948) is an American science fiction author. She is known for writing hard science fiction often involving genetic engineering. Kress first gained attention after winning the Hugo and Nebula awards for the 1991 novella Beggars in Spain which was later expanded into a full length novel. She would go on to win Nebula Awards for Best Novella for Fountain of Age, After the Fall, and Yesterday’s Kin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this book is about two different groups of humans trying to get along on the planet Qom. An alien group is trying to analyze the humans to find out why they are so successful in the war against the alien.
Set on a distant planet, humans living irritably, ignorantly, and unhappily in a somewhat primitive society (think medieval Levant) vie for the opportunity to enter a mysterious, impregnably walled city, where fabulous rewards are said to await them. The city's inhabitants come to learn its chilling secrets and the truth about their own origins. Tightly plotted, subtle and superb writing. The characters are fully realized, the resolution thrilling. A page-turner.