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Length: 338 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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PERDITA is such an incredible poetic tapestry, it will inevitably be compared with the likes of DUNE. -- Nye Marnach, Sturgeon Award Nominee

About the Author

Arwen Spicer was born in wine country in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Oregon--but in spirit is still in wine country. She has a PhD in English and teaches writing while working as an indie novelist and filmmaker. Her real profession, of course, is handmaiden to a furry, black feline.

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  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481901206
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AW5CY16
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,187 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born the year Starsky and Hutch first aired, in the state where Starsky and Hutch is set but more northerly, near old stomping grounds of Jack London. After more than quarter of a century there, I migrated one state north much like Ursula Le Guin.

I have thus far picked up a BS in biology, a PhD in English, a Master's in Library and Information Science, and a certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, all of which goes some distance toward explaining why I make so little money.

My greatest literary influences are (in no particular order) Le Guin, who is unparalleled in sociological science fiction; Dostoevsky, unparalleled in his ability to write human beings; and Tolkien, to whom, of course, I owe my name and whose works I have, therefore, been tightly entangled in from my earliest memories. As a role model, however, he has taught me chiefly to love the universe I create and create it all my life as richly as I can.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miranda R. Smith on February 25, 2013
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Spicer has a lovely, lyrical writing style that really shines in this novel. Her characters are believable, if sometimes a bit distant, and their relationships with one another are satisfyingly complex. There are times when the theme overshadows the narrative, and I suspect people with a natural eco-friendly bent will most enjoy the story, but by the end of the novel, I think everyone will care what happens to Perdita.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Freelancer on January 23, 2013
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The environmental and technological questions and issues this book raises are familiar and compelling, particularly in how they are interwoven with the personalities and relationships of the book's characters. The reader comes to know and care about these characters, their shared and divergent goals and perspectives, and their efforts to work out, and work toward, what they each believe to be the best direction for their planet's future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader on January 22, 2013
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Perdita is a very deep and complex book. The main plot involves the philosophical question of whether or not to use potentially dangerous technology. As outsiders, the main characters are each able to approach this question from a unique perspective. The book weaves a complex tapestry out of each of the characters' plot threads, and the result is both fascinating and engaging.
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Arwen Spicer's debut science fiction novel, Perdita, succeeds on many levels. Its multilayered style should please fans of hard or soft SF, as it neatly balances a plot of planetwide conflict, political intrigue, and family relationships.
Perdita is a biologically engineered planet whose delicate ecosystem is protected by an aging, high-tech shield which encases the small world and hides it from most off-world sensors. But the barrier has not brought calm to Perdita. Two factions, one supporting technology for Perdita, one vehemently against it, are poised for war. One major issue: Should the planetary shield be lowered, thus opening Perdita to relations with other worlds? The pros and cons rising from this question have become too inflammatory for either faction to tolerate. Ethan, the Pro-Tech army general, and Sherayna, the Anti-Tech leader, are each determined to eradicate the other or die trying.

As Perdita develops in isolation, a dangerous new technology has jeopardized the fates of other worlds, causing plagues and civil breakdowns. It is jae, a creation whereby space is shifted into a faster-than-light dimension. It makes the current method of light-speed travel obsolete; by using jae, travel between worlds would be instantaneous. However, the by-products of jae are judged much too hazardous for the new technology to be used.

The pleasant West-of-Now family -- Nevan and Sylan, with their daughter Miri and son Jasen -- fall into a volatile situation when their spacecraft crashlands on Perdita. Marooned, the family is soon separated; Sylan and Jasen are captured by the Anti-techs and the Techs take Nevan and Miri into custody. Sylan and Nevan have brought with them the knowledge of jae, which is crucial to both sides of the struggle.
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The story has the feel of an epic, but draws you in close to each character and their individual predicaments. Spicer depicts characters so well that you find yourself siding with each one, even though they have political views more dissimilar than the Nader and Bush camps. The political differences propel the story forward nicely, and there are plenty of interesting subplots and twists, but I felt the real strength of the story was that Spicer manages to draw the characters together at the end, to the point that they begin to respect and even understand each other. E.M. Forster once said, "characters should be surprising in a convincing way," and Spicer fulfills that difficult imperative perfectly. But the characters aren't the only interesting aspect of this novel. Even though the story is set on another world, the many political discussions made me reflect quite a bit on our own current political atmosphere, and how we might be both damaging and helping to preserve our environment through the use of technology.
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