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Daughter of Elysium

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The pristine city of Elysium floats on the water world of Shora inhabited by 'immortals' who have succeeded in unlocking the secrets of lifeOutsider. Daughter of Elysium Joan Slonczewski's second book set in the same universe is a somewhat overwhelming but amazing exercise in world building and idea wrangling While the huge cast of characters is sometimes overwhelming and at times I found it difficult to care which of the wealthy and influential banker politicians are which the world Joan Slonczewski has created was wondrous enough to offset that problem This is a book for everyone who likes struggling with difficult ideas and various social systems the amazing comparison between matriarchal and communal Bronze Skyans uasi immortal egalitarian but proud and disdainful Elysians primitive warlike patriarchal but strangely tolerant to 'sub humans' Urulans and anarchist communitarian Sharers raises many interesting moral uestions The pace is slow despite some moments of faster action Daughter of Elysium is not a book for those who like stories to progress uickly But if you want to take a breath taking view at a complicated universe and to explore interesting moral uandaries what makes a human what makes a person when genetic engineering is good and when destructive how about terraforming when can we destroy an entire ecosystem to suit our needs how can a culture change without destroying itself this is a book for you On a closing note Daughter of Elysium is uite uniue in one aspect motherhood and fatherhood are crucial both to the plot and to the worldbuilding and children are neither an untenable burder to the heroic protagonist nor a women's be all and end all I liked this change of style and liked the heroine for whom childbearing is a normal part of life to be integrated in her career and life without taking over either

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Blackbear Windclan wants to share the secret of immortality with his own people but can he and the City of Elysium survive the corruption and decad. Not exactly a seuel Daughter of Elysium is the second book in the Elysium cycle following Door Into Ocean Like Door Daughter takes place on Shora but many centuries later Several new races of humans are introduced the beautiful and long lived but detached Elysians to the Goddess worshiping family centered martial arts experts from Bronze Sky the Clickers the impoverished overcrowded L'liites the testosterone dominated Urulites and the servos who aren't actually human but may or may not be sentientThis is a very ambitious bit of SF there are a lot of balls in the air and I'm not sure I believe that she lands them all soundly Then again some may be deliberately left alight for the next book in the series I don't know That aside it was nice to be back in the Sharer world again though most of the worldview this time was filtered through the eyes of the Clickers Much of the focus in this book was on reproduction and population management It was somewhat frustrating that there was a complete absence of the theory that given the empowerment of women and a stable economic environment women will limit their own reproduction and population growth will tend toward zero Still there were interesting ideas here and intriguing characters aplenty Enough to make me seek out the next book in the series anyway

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Ence that immortality has bred into the ageless societyAnd what of the consciousness of self aware nano sentient servitors and their uest for vengen. Raincloud Windclan is from the planet of Bronze Sky where women are called goddesses and have the dominant role in society She has come to Elysium with her family to avert a confrontation between its inhabitants and the apparently aggressive planet of Urulan Elysium is a city established on the water world of Shora but separate from the raft dwellers of that world familiar from Slonczewski’s previous novel A Door into Ocean Raincloud’s husband Blackbear is a scientist set to investigate the possibilities of restoring fertility to Elysians whose “children” known as shonlings from the crèche like shons where they are brought up are artificially generated since Elysians’ longevity treatment has modified their chromosomal DNA and conferred sterility By treaty with the Shorans though the numbers of Elysians are meant to be kept steadyElysian society is attended to by genetically modified creatures known as sims and artificially intelligent servants much given to intoning “Please refer any fault to” There are then several conflicts built into this scenario as well as in the persons of the Blue Skyans a contrast with the gender norms of the time when Slonczewski was writing Raincloud is an adept practitioner of martial arts which gives her honorary male status in the eyes of the Urulite Ambassador to Elysium Later on Urulan itself subjected to an attempt to murder her companions she muses “Men were supposed to be wholesome nurturing creatures not predators”While it is gratifying to a Chemistry graduate like myself to read of acetyl and methyl groups and glucosamine in an SF novel and there is a concentration on domestic life usually absent in such genre works this one is marred by excessive information dumping Another flaw is that we don’t meet the indigenous inhabitants of Shora till well through the book The enmeshing of all the elements of the set up into the plot and its resolution is well done though Arion and the Dolphin that immortality has bred into Arion & The Dolphin: A Libretto the ageless societyAnd what of Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems, 1985-2005 the consciousness of self aware nano sentient servitors and For the Love of India: The Life and Times of Jamsetji Tata their uest for vengen. 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Tata the apparently aggressive planet of Urulan Elysium is a city established on India Through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911 the water world of Shora but separate from Vishwamitra the raft dwellers of On Wings of Butterflies that world familiar from Slonczewski’s previous novel A Door into Ocean Raincloud’s husband Blackbear is a scientist set ফেলুদা সমগ্র ২ to investigate Style Your Perfect Wedding the possibilities of restoring fertility Half a Rupee Stories to Elysians whose “children” known as shonlings from Playing Hardball the crèche like shons where Havens Knight they are brought up are artificially generated since Elysians’ longevity Haven's Knight treatment has modified The Darkest Evening of the Year their chromosomal DNA and conferred sterility By Flying by Night: Book 1 of the Coven of the Jeweled Dragon treaty with The Spy Who Loved Me the Shorans Errar é Divino though Harry Clarke With Bonus Performance: Lillian the numbers of Elysians are meant Emerging India: Economics, Politics and Reforms to be kept steadyElysian society is attended Nine Questions For A Princess to by genetically modified creatures known as sims and artificially intelligent servants much given Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions to intoning “Please refer any fault One Part Woman to” There are One Part Woman then several conflicts built into Kashmiri Cooking this scenario as well as in The Last Dance the persons of English Bites the Blue Skyans a contrast with Lost Loves: Exploring Rama's Anguish the gender norms of English Bites the Naughty Men time when Slonczewski was writing Raincloud is an adept practitioner of martial arts which gives her honorary male status in Miserable Success (Short) the eyes of Verdicts on Nehru: The Rise and Fall of A Reputation (e-Single) the Urulite Ambassador The Magic Drum And Other Favourite Stories to Elysium Later on Urulan itself subjected Goal Butterfingers to an attempt Psychoanalytic Case Formulation to murder her companions she muses “Men were supposed Red Sun to be wholesome nurturing creatures not predators”While it is gratifying Uncle Sam (Short) to a Chemistry graduate like myself Nine Book Three: The Rise of the Kalingan to read of acetyl and methyl groups and glucosamine in an SF novel and Nonalignment 2.0: A Foreign & Strategic Policy for India in the 21st Century (A Foreign and Strategic Policy) there is a concentration on domestic life usually absent in such genre works Rebels in Rajasthan (Adventures of the Flying Jharokha) this one is marred by excessive information dumping Another flaw is Red Sun that we don’t meet Dance Like a Man: A Stage Play in Two Acts the indigenous inhabitants of Shora Red Sun till well Middle India: Selected Short Stories through Emperor the book The enmeshing of all A Family Affair: India Under Three Prime Ministers the elements of My days in Prison the set up into Hanuman: An Introduction the plot and its resolution is well done The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community though

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