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Shadow Man (Paragons of Queer Speculative Fiction) by [Melissa Scott]

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In the future, humanity has developed five distinct sexes due to the effects of a drug that allows faster-than-light travel. The Concorde worlds have officially recognized all five sexes, but on the isolated planet Hara those in between male and female are considered mutations who must choose to live as one of the two traditional sexes. When Hara regains contact with the Concorde worlds, it's an opportunity for Warreven--a "herm"--to break the long-standing role society has forced on him. But it will also put him in the center of a political battle that will span the stars. Shadow Man won the 1996 Lambda Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Political intrigue set in a far future that features a radically different human culture hinging on a multitude of genders is the theme of Scott's (Trouble and Her Friends) new work. The drug hyperlumin-A, which eases sickness from faster-than-light travel, has given rise to three new sexes?mem, fem and herm?each with its own pronoun system and stereotyped societal role. On the planet Hara, however, only male and female are legal roles, and the "odd-bodied" that form one-fourth of the population there must choose to act as one or the other. Warreven is a Haran herm, living as a man, whose personal history and work?first as a "clan advocate" arguing the legal cases of "players" who ply the "trade" (commercial sex), then as an elected official?lead him to oppose his world's policies. Scott's commentary on today's sexual politics is obvious, but she develops a rich, creative and consistent culture with its own family structures, social mores, religion and technology that will engage readers and likely return in a sequel.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • File Size : 1094 KB
  • Publication Date : November 26, 2013
  • Print Length : 315 pages
  • Language: : English
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Publisher : Lethe Press (November 26, 2013)
  • ASIN : B002R59EV2
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1590212428
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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