Ammonite (Paperback)

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Centuries ago, a deadly virus shattered the populace of a faraway planet, killing the men and forever changing the few surviving women. Now a woman anthropologist arrives to test a new vaccine.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780345452382
SKU 30887381
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0345452380
Release Date 4/1/2002
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1.25T
Author Info
Nicola Griffith
Nicola Griffith was born in 1960 to a large Catholic family in Leeds, England. She began writing early (both fiction and poetry) and it was not long before she stumbled across science fiction books like Isaac Asimov's Foundation series and Frank Herbert's DUNE. She also read E. E. Smith's Lensman books, a series written in the 1930s and 1940s that influenced a number of science fiction writers. In a September 1996 interview in Locus magazine, Griffith said, "It was very easy for me to read Lensman, because it was all about boys, and there were no women mincing about in skirts and high heels. I just identified with Kimball Kinnison and his gray leathers and his lens, shooting off to right the universe." When she left home to attended university in 1977, she had dreams of studying science but, to quote her, she thought "it sucked" and left after only a couple of months. She moved to Hull, and over the next 10 years lived a hand-to-mouth existence, begging, playing in a rock group, and taking drugs. Seeing that her life was disappearing in front of her, Griffith began to clean up her act, taking a variety of jobs including drug counselor and women's self defense instructor. She had written two novels before the age of 26, neither of which were published, but on the strength of several short stories that she sold to Interzone magazine, Griffith applied to the Clarion Writer's Conference, and was accepted. There she met another hopeful writer, Kelly Eskridge, and the two fell in love, eventually marrying in 1993. Griffith's first novel, AMMONITE, written over the course of a few months, was published to wide acclaim later that year. It won both the 1993 Lambda and Tiptree awards. Her next novel, published two years later, was SLOW RIVER and it won her a second Lambda as well as the 1996 Nebula Award. In 1997, BENDING THE LANDSCAPE: FANTASY, her anthology co-edited with Steve Pagel, was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. It was followed by a second volume, titled BENDING THE LANDSCAPE: Science Fiction, which was also extremely well-received. Both collection explored gay and lesbian writing in their respective sub-genres. Meanwhile, Griffith's third novel, THE BLUE PLACE (1998)--a hard-as-nails thriller--became her first non-science fiction novel. As her work continues to explore new territories, it is inevitable that she will gain wider recognition outside the fields of genre fiction for her truly original vision and her uncompromising stance--both among the hallmarks of great writing.
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Annotation Centuries after a disastrous plague wiped out most of the original colonists, the Durallium Company returns to the planet GP to try and reclaim their investment, only to find that the disease hasn't died out. Arriving on the planet to test a new vaccine, an anthropologist learns that the natives have survived and flourished as an all-female society, and that she may have finally found a home. This novel won the 1993 Lambda Award for Lesbian Science Fiction and the 1994 James Tiptree, Jr. Award for Gender Bending Science Fiction, as well as receiving nominations for many other science fiction awards.
Editors Note Centuries after most of a planet's colonists are killed by a deadly virus, the planet's exploitative corporate owners return, and anthropologist Marghe Taishan risks her life to bring a vaccine to the survivors. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep–and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives. Terrified of spreading the virus, the company abandons its employees, leaving them afraid and isolated from the natives. In the face of this crisis, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women’s biological secret, she finds that she, too, is changing–and realizes that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction. . . . Ammonite is an unforgettable novel that questions the very meanings of gender and humanity. As readers share in Marghe’s journey through an alien world, they too embark on a parallel journey of fascinating self-exploration.
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