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Product Details

  • Series: Elysium Cycle
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; 1st edition (August 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812568621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812568622
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,749,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The world-building is magnificently detailed; the characters are done with deftness and wit."--Chicago Sun-Times on Daughter of Elysium

"By the time the conflict she introduces in Part One has moved to center stage, you not only know the antagonist intimately, you care passionately about the outcome."--New York Times Book Review on A Door Into Ocean

"Slonczewski, a biologist, effectively describes a scary new world, filled with quaint-talking humans and primitive ways, whose fate is not resolved until a young female embarks on a quest that reveals the true nature of the aliens."--The Wall Street Journal on The Wall Around Eden

From the Publisher

"This novel's fireworks in the final third admirably justify its long, slow fuse." --The New York Times

"Slonszewski, a noted biologist, has written a novel that features enough absorbing material on genetics and planetary ecology to satisfy and aficionado of hard SF. At the same time, she tackles a wide range of moral issues, from overpopulation to ecological responsibility and the ethics of machine intelligence. Remarkably, Slonczewski accomplishes all of this in a story that is not only exciting but also filled with memorable characters, human, alien, and sentient machine." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)


More About the Author

Joan Lyn Slonczewski is a microbiologist at Kenyon College and a science fiction writer. She is the first since Fred Pohl to earn a second John Campbell award for best science fiction novel, "The Highest Frontier" (2012); her previous winner was "A Door into Ocean" (1987). "The Highest Frontier" invents a college in a space habitat financed by a tribal casino and protected from deadly ultraphytes by Homeworld Security. According to Alan Cheuse at NPR, her book invents "a worldwide communications system called Toy Box that makes the iPhone look like a Model-T Ford."

Slonczewski's classic "A Door into Ocean" depicts an ocean world run by genetic engineers who repel an interstellar invasion using nonviolent methods similar to Tahrir Square. In her book "Brain Plague," intelligent microbes invade human brains and establish microbial cities. She also authors with John W. Foster the leading microbiology textbook, Microbiology: An Evolving Science (W. W. Norton).

Author blog: ultraphyte.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jens H. Petersen on January 27, 2014
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A super continuation of the elysium Universe with the introduktion of the micros which will be the gamechanger in her last fantastic elysium-book The Brian plague.
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By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I simply love Joan Slonczewski, and I wish she authored more books! Alas, I suppose she's busy with her hard-core research (she's a biology professor). So I will wait with baited breath until another installment of the Elysium cycle hits. The Children Star is a must-read introduction to the microscopic world of Prokaryon! Very imaginative, and alltogether possible (if we ever colonized other worlds, that is). The first 2/3 of the book are well-written, but rather slow. The last 1/3 is worth waiting for, as the story picks up rapidly and comes to a satisfying conclusion. You MUST read Brain Plague after reading The Children Star. I originally read Brain Plague first, so the Children Star was a bit like a pre-quel. I re-read Brain Plague afterward, and appreciated it even more than I had the first time (and I loved it the first time). Bravo Dr. Slonczewski!
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The Children Star turned out to be surprisingly engaging. It seems to straddle the target reader market of teenagers and adults. I liked the concepts presented concerning biology, but wish some of the other characters had more detail and development. The Elysium world that Joan Slonczewski created has interested me enough to look at other books from her.
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