Nicola Griffith

language: English

Publisher: Del Rey

Publishing date: Apr 1, 2002

Words: 131136
Pages: 476


Change or die: the only options available on the Durallium Company-owned planet GP. The planet's deadly virus had killed most of the original colonists -- and changed the rest irrevocably. Centuries after the colony had lost touch with the rest of humanity, the Company returned to exploit GP, and its forces found themselves fighting for their lives. Afraid of spreading the virus, the Company had left its remaining employees in place, afraid and isolated from the natives. Then anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrived on GP, sent to test a new vaccine against the virus. As she risked death to uncover the natives' biological secret, she found that she, too, was changing, and realized that not only had she found a home on GP -- she herself carried the seeds of its destruction . . . WINNER OF THE LAMBDA AND TIPTREE AWARDS *From the Paperback edition.* ** ### Review In *Ammonite*, the 1994 James Tiptree Jr. Award winner, the attempts to colonize the planet Jeep have uncovered a selective virus that kills all men and all but a few women. The remaining women undergo changes that enable them to communicate with one another and the planet itself, and give to birth to healthy, genetically diverse children. Marguerite Angelica Taishan is an anthropologist who realizes this phenomena and makes the decision to give herself up to the planet to uncover its mysteries. ### Review **Ursula K. Le Guin** A knockout . . . Strong, likeable characters, a compelling story, and a very interesting take on gender. **Vonda N. McIntyre** A powerful story of connection, allegiance, and obligation. Read Nicola Griffith's book-and keep an eye out for her name in the future. **Los Angeles Times Book Review** *Ammonite*'s story is gripping, many-layered, ever-changing. Griffith has a fine way with character and sure talent. Many passages are beautifully written; most seem to do double duty, shimmering with the many levels and complex meanings of this remarkable first novel. **Washington Post Book World** Uncompromisingly packed with nondogmatic feminist and queer ideologies... Griffith reveal[s] herself to be fluent in presenting realistic science and its implications, capable of cinematic clarity in her prose, insightful with emotions and character. **New York Times Book Review ** Pays homage to Ursula K. Le Guin's *Left Hand of Darkness *without inviting invidious comparisons.  **Locus** *Ammonite* represents a major, no, make that a revolutionary change...a remarkable departure from the commonplace. **Interzone** Nicola Griffith's first novel, *Ammonite*, flies all the banners of traditional sf [but] beneath the banners, it is armed to the teeth against convention. **Dorothy Allison ** A serious assault on conventions so enormous that it is very much more dangerous, sometimes, than writing about lesbianism. * * * **The New York Review of Science Fiction **Probably the best debut novel of the year--an accomplished, moving, intelligent, and graceful examination of gender roles, and a helluva good read. **Denver Post** *Ammonite*, by Nicola Griffith, is the first novel of a major talent.