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This Peaceful State of War [Kindle Edition]

Patty Jansen
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A short story from Writers of the Future vol. 27. Far in the future, Bianca is the only planet where people have ever found any form of intelligent life. The planet has two species that look remotely humanoid, but none of the human scientists have been able to make much sense out of them. The creatures have nothing to trade, so human interest has waned, and the care of the planet's human outpost has been left in the hands of a religious order. But recently, the two species have gone to war with each other. It is envoy Miranda Tonkin's task to determine if it is worth human effort and money to try and stop the conflict.

Editorial Reviews


"After reading this tale, I now know why I see Ms Jansen's name in a lot of publications these days." - Frank Dutkiewicz, reviewer for Diabolical Plots

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Product Details

  • File Size: 184 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W93L28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hard SF and social commentary October 18, 2011
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I read this story in Writers of the Future volume 27, and I was absolutely blown away. It is my favorite from that volume, and among my top few from all the WOTF volumes I've read. Patty Jansen writes gripping, nuanced prose and tells a killer story--this is the third story of hers I've read; the other two appeared in science fiction magazines--and she is on her way to joining Ursula K. LeGuin and Octavia Butler as one of my favorite authors. I can't recommend this story highly enough.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The cover art is terrific and so is the writing. It only takes one or two sittings to read this story. You discover how humans can be so wrong in their thinking and inteference with alien life. You are not overwhelmed with details but descriptions given are on point and convincing. There is even one brief sex scene that is not pornographic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our perception can be deceptive. March 2, 2012
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How often we are mistaken in judging others, using our customs, values and civilization as the criteria. The truth of that is found in this short science fiction story.

It took only a couple of pages for me to develop a dislike for the Herns. Was my perception correct? Was I judging, using criteria of their world - or mine?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable short story! October 6, 2013
By Brenda
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A government envoy named Miranda Tonkin is sent to a planet called Bianca to report on the state of the planet, the inhabitants and the well-being of the Brothers who have been left in charge.

The Pari and the Hern are at war, with the Hern continually killing Pari, mutilating and devouring the corpses. The Brothers have a large number of Hern in a prison camp, but they are extremely violent, not to be trusted.
Miranda befriends Brother Copernicus, who seems unhappy with their situation, and tries to tell Miranda what she must put in her report.

When sudden disaster strikes, Miranda and the Brothers must make some quick decisions....

I found the ending to this short story very good, and even though this is not my sort of book, I quite enjoyed it.
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More About the Author

A couple of years ago, Patty Jansen was told by a very large publisher: "This book is well-written and well-plotted, but no one will publish this". The manuscript in question was book 1 in the Ambassador series, and to say that Patty was a little taken aback and shaken is an understatement.

But, against conventional wisdom, she kept writing similar stories, and had some success in the short story market. She won the Writers of the Future contest and took part in the amazing workshop in LA, hobnobbing with big-name writers like Kevin Anderson, Larry Niven and Greg Benford. She sold some stories to Analog. But she prefers to write novels.

She was getting good industry responses to the Icefire trilogy when the GFC hit, and the publishing industry crawled into a hole. She would like to tell the agents who still have the manuscript from back then that it has been published, so they can remove it from their desks.

Patty didn't set out to become a vocal supporter for self-publishing. In real life, she is not a very controversial person, trained as scientist. She loves writing science bits into novels, whether the genre is science fiction or fantasy.

When she was told by yet another publisher not to bother submitting hard science fiction because she is a woman, she finally decided that maybe the publishing industry was not for her.

She might be stubborn, but she believes that people should allowed to be themselves:

- Women should be able to write science fiction (high-tech and space opera, no naked torsos), even though 95% of the bestseller lists in those genres are male.
- They should do so under their own name.
- Writers should write in their local type of English, and not be "required" to make all their spelling and idioms US-centric.
- Writers have the right not to be held to ransom by publishers who take their manuscripts and then take years to make a decision, or grabbing rights (like movie rights, creative rights) which they are not going to use.

With this in mind, Patty, who lives in Australia, writes science fiction and fantasy about people who also believe in those things, or fight for those things.

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