- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1st, First Edition edition (March 12, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345287622
- ISBN-13: 978-0345287625
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,827,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Still Forms on Foxfield Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1980
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It's not space opera. But if you want psych-social ideas, alien contact, and an early concept of the Net that may come true in the next decade or so, this is a book you might want to find. Too bad it's out of print.
The culture clashes are depicted very thoughtfully- the ones the colonists had with the aliens (mostly historical); the ones the colonists had with the Authority that swept in and demanded allegience, and the ones said Authority had with the aliens. One could see and sympathize with all the various motivations, and that made it fascinating to me.
Nothing super-dramatic happens. It's about the small stuff- the stuff that makes up our lives- like, figuring out how to negotiate with those very, very different. In some ways, it reminded me of Le Guin's "The Dispossessed" in terms of culture clash, and there is not higher praise I can give.
Don't read it for the explosions, which are rare and not plot-central. Read it for the interactions, and the hope that entities with good hearts can find common ground.
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I really enjoyed this read. I found the idea of a group of Quakers sent off in spaceship to colonize another world intriguing. I enjoyed Allison, the central character very much. Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by Cobwebsmom
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I've read a couple other books by Joan Slonczewski, and really liked what I've read so far. So since I've had this sitting on my shelf for a few years, I figured I'd better pick it... Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Brenda
Still Forms on Foxfield is set on the alien planet Foxfield, settled by Quakers who were afraid of World War III destroying humanity. Read morePublished on March 19, 2008 by Judah
I guess I was expecting Simak style science fiction. Meaning quiet, low key, rural, spiritual, pacifist, & even unabashedly sentimental. Read morePublished on August 27, 1998