The Braided World

The Braided World

by Kay Kenyon

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When you get a message from deep space, should you answer?

Earth has cause to believe that the universe is not a friendly place. But one woman, a singer well past her performance years, and seeking one last adventure, funds the mission that will accept an ambiguous invitation. . . to the stars.

Bailey Shaw chooses the young and untested Anton Prados to lead the interplanetary expedition. But when they make first contact with the alien Dassa, she and Anton receive a troubling reception. The Dassa appear human. But they are badly altered humans, and the crew increasingly finds them disturbing, even revolting. And the Dassa in turn are appalled by them. As Bailey makes inroads with the commoners and Anton navigates the intrigues at court, the clash between the cultures escalates, bringing the crew, one by one, to the most difficult choice of their lives. To survive, they must unravel the mystery of the Dassa, and of human--and alien--existence.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151404730
Publisher: Worldbuilders Press
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 395
Sales rank: 901,025
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kay Kenyon is the author of the fantasies Queen of the Deep and A Thousand Perfect Things. Her science fiction includes The Seeds of Time, Tropic of Creation, Maximum Ice, The Braided World, and Rift as well as the acclaimed quartet, "The Entire and The Rose." Her work has been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick and the John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, the Endeavour Award, and twice for the American Library Association Reading List awards. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as Solaris Rising 2, The Year's Best SF, and Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic SF. She is a founding member of the Write on the River organization in Wenatchee, Washington. To connect with her or join her newsletter, please visit

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Braided World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I lead the Science Fiction Book Club at a Barnes and Noble, and I picked this one because it was new out in paperback. Soon I realized it came after Maximum Ice, but it didn't make a big difference. We were able to jump in the story and found the aliens that looked so much like humans that much more eerie and interesting. There's good suspense that follows the length of the story, and the group gave it the thumbs up.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Between the deaths caused by the Black Cloud and the resulting demises caused by runaway plagues, Earth is dying. It no longer has a sufficient gene pool capable of creating a viable population. Humanity¿s only hope lies in a message from a planet thirty light years away stating Earth can reclaim what it has lost. Billionaire Bailey Shaw funds a ship, the Restoration, which takes people to this orb, but what they find there shocks them. The native Dassa look human-like, but do not reproduce the same way. Women that can breed get their tongues cut out and become slaves called hoda. The Dassa is not the ones who sent the message but their creators the Quads did. Nobody alive on the planet knows where the genetic markers that earth desperately needs can be found. Unless someone uncovers the puzzle, the human race will die out. The two races that look almost identical on the surface have very different thought processes and ways of reproducing. Both distrust one another when they first meet. The punishment the Dassa mete out to childbearing women is horrific but the Terrans can do nothing to help them. If the hoda want freedom they must fight for it on their own because the people from earth must concentrate on their prime mission of saving the species. The audience will feel that Dassa society exists and author Kay Kenyon has visited the realm she has written about in her novel THE BRAIDED WORLD, which enable the audience to experience second hand this alien but fascinating orb. Harriet Klausner