This revised version of Duane Simolke's science fiction adventure Degranon features more gay characters and a sharper focus on diversity themes. On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called "the Maintainers" carefully monitors everyone's speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also force so-called "colorsighted" people to hide their ability to see in color.
The brilliant scientist Taldra loves her twin gay sons and thinks of them as the hope for Valchondria's future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?
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This very rich sci-fi story captivated me from the beginning. From the main topic of a land where there are no minorities, no differences between races or sexual orientations, to the writing style that transports you into the story in an effortless way, I read this book in record time, unable to put it down. It’s amazing how the author managed to create such complex society, with characters that felt real, with real struggles, doubts, and concerns. I personally found Taldra’s character fascinating, her commitment with her people and her family are exceptional and add a touch of realism that is hard to accomplish in sci-fi stories. Degranon includes some controversial topics such as religion, oppression, authoritarianism, fanaticism and homosexuality, and although some of those topics are not explicit, they are an important part of the story development, and leave the reader thinking, after finishing the book, in our own society and cultures. The fact that Simolke spent so many years creating and editing this book truly shows across its pages. I didn’t read the first edition, with lesser homosexual characters, but this one seemed perfect, I think the author reached a balance of the story and characters that make this book very different from others in the same genre. I really enjoyed the story and I’m looking forward to read the sequel. I believe I had been trapped into the Degranon’s pages, which some might say “It’s just a book” ;)
DEGRANON emerges as a sci-fi book that warrants the attention of any serious aficionado of the genre who is curious as to the machinations inherent within Simolke-created alien worlds that, by the author's own admission, are meant to mirror our own world -- with elements of mind-bending drugs, political murders and intrigue, rigid class systems, oppression, pressures toward uniformity, and sometimes rampant fantaticism. As for bigotry, the planet Valchondria's inhabitants are mainly color-blind, eliminating the prejudices arising from different colored skins; BUT, there now exists the ongoing efforts of a don't-see-colors majority out to suppress the minority who still retain the ability to see things other than in black and white. Admittedly, not a breeze-through novel, with its time-travel elements that take the plot from past to present to future to present to past... along with its presentation of societal mores that become complicated by episodic time-travel ... DEGRANON is definitely for those who enjoy a bit of 'substantial food for thought' along with their usual 'purely-for-dessert' reading.