Shadow Man

Shadow Man

by Melissa Scott

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Shadow Man by Melissa Scott

In the far future, human culture has developed five distinctive genders due to the effects of a drug easing sickness from faster-than-light travel. But on the planet Hara, where society is increasingly instability, caught between hard-liner traditions and the realities of life, only male and female genders are legal, and the "odd-bodied" population are forced to pass as one or the other. Warreven Stiller, a lawyer and an intersexed person, is an advocate for those who have violated Haran taboos. When Hara regains contact with the Concord worlds, Warreven finds a larger role in breaking the long-standing role society has forced on "him," but the search for personal identity becomes a battleground of political intrigue and cultural clash. Winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Gay/Lesbian Science Fiction, Shadow Man remains one of the more important modern, speculative novels ever published in the field of gender- and sexual identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590212424
Publisher: Lethe Press
Publication date: 09/25/2009
Series: Paragons of Queer Speculative Fiction
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,123,023
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Shadow Man 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
malcontentdiary on LibraryThing 8 days ago
While I wish there were a bit more to this book - I think there are threads in the story that could be expanded - it's still a really interesting story with wonderful characters and a compelling vision of how gender might be reimagined in the future.
zbyshko on LibraryThing 12 days ago
i read this novel before reading LeGuin's _Left_Hand_of_Darkness_ and initially enjoyed it until i finished LeGuin. i felt LHoD handled the multiple gender human species better. initially i found Scotts use or archaic letters borrowed from anglo-saxon and other Runic alphabets to create the pronouns for the different genders difficult to read. once into the novel and having grown accustomed to them - since he/she/it were no longer enough to encompass the genders as they were so integral - it was a great tool to help remember who was whom and how they fit in the tale.
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