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Innovative and thought-provoking science fiction,
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This review is from: The Highest Frontier (Hardcover)
Joan Slonczewski is one of the best and most creative science fiction writers of our time. The Highest Frontier is her seventh science fiction book and the first in ten years. This is a coming of age story about the freshman year in college of Jennifer Ramos Kennedy, a member of the ongoing Kennedy political dynasty. The year is 2108 and Jenny is attending Frontera College which is located in a space habitation. The earth is being destroyed by human-made and alien ecological catastrophes. Some political factions are promoting space habs as a solution but the space habs can only accommodate a tiny percentage of the human population. The political system is grid locked and some political leaders are working hard to prevent the students at Frontera from voting for the opposition. This is depressingly familiar.
Slonczewski is an award-winning biology professor at Kenyon College and the science behind her fiction is always solid. The things that she imagines are scientifically possible.
Jenny, Tom, and Anouk are appealing characters. One of the many delights of this book is the positive and matter of fact treatment of the gay characters and their relationships. Dylan Chase and Father Clare is the most positive portrayal of a gay couple I have ever read.
The Highest Frontier is full of thought-provoking ideas about politics, social issues, and the environment. This book is very highly recommended.
Although The Highest Frontier is a complete stand alone story, it has been reported that this is the first book in a cycle following Jenny Ramos Kennedy. I would be delighted to read more . I only hope it will not be 10 years until the next installment.