Shadow Man

Shadow Man

by Melissa Scott

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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.

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"Scott's commentary on today's sexual politics is obvious, but she develops a rich, creative and consistent culture with its own family structures, social mores, religion and technology that will engage readers..." - Publishers Weekly

"Shadow Man effectively fulfills the traditional role of science fiction: to make the reader examine our own world more carefully; and Melissa Scott does it the way that all good science fiction writers do: by means of a well-written, well-crafted, entertaining story..." - Lambda Sci-Fi Books

"It's especially interesting, to me, to read a book where five is the default instead of two. It's surprisingly powerful." - Brit Mandelo for

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590212424
Publisher: Lethe Press
Publication date: 10/05/2009
Series: Paragons of Queer Speculative Fiction
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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