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Title:Ethan of Athos
Authors:Lois McMaster Bujold
Info:Baen (1986), Edition: First Thus, Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Reviewed, Read but unowned
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Tags:fiction, novel, Science Fiction, military science fiction, Romance, homosexuality, gender, space opera

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Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold (1986)

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What a cute story! I really was drawn into this one -- the same excellent eye for hidden implications of gravity in Falling Free is turned on gender in Ethan of Athos, and it's a delightful experience to see the pieces torn apart where I wasn't even noticing. The plot holds together, we get a bit more Quinn, and everything aligns in the end.... I was held rapt, of course. ( )
  pammab | Apr 16, 2017 |
Excellently read and an engrossing story! Plot: Ethan of Athos is a prenatal doctor/biologist from the planet Athos, an isolated, backwater, all-male society of the back-to-nature-and-God style. Children are born in replicators via ovarian cultures to men who have earned enough social credits and who are deemed fit for fatherhood. Things are going well until the current crop - the founding crop, actually - of ovarian cultures start to wear out, necessitating the purchase of more ASAP. Athos coughs up the money for a shipment, but, when it finally arrives, it turns out to be junk body parts. Ethan is reluctantly nominated as ambassador and sent to the originating space station to investigate and/or buy more. The first person Ethan sees upon docking is Ellie Quinn, a FEMALE mercenary who is interested in the missing shipment, too, because she's tracking an evil group who is killing anyone who gets between them and said shipment. This group kidnaps Ethan on his first day there and tortures him until they realize he's truly ignorant of the situation. Ellie and Ethan team up to solve the mystery and stay alive. (spoiler: there is no romantic spark between them, though Ethan comes to care for her as a friend. ( )
  lawjen3 | Feb 1, 2017 |
Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold is considered as part of the Vokosigan Saga, but this science fiction story really stands alone with a new main character that we haven’t met before. That main character is Dr. Ethan Urquhart and he is the chief of biology at a reproduction centre on the planet of Athos. Athos is an exclusively male planet that relies on uterine replicator technology to have children. Unfortunately their cultures are getting old and have recently shown signs of permanently deteriorating. When a new shipment arrives and it proves to be total junk, Ethan is assigned the duty of hunting down a supply of fresh ovarian tissue cultures.

Venturing off the planet for the first time in his life, he travels to Kline Station and upon embarkation, the first woman that he meets is none other than Captain Elli Quinn, who is on leave from the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet. Ethan and Elli eventually join forces in order to investigate a plot by the Cetagandans involving a secret research project.

Another great entry into this sci-fi series. I had been hesitating to read it as I thought I would miss the Vorkosigan focus but this was a wonderful story and a great way to see Elli close up and in action. She is truly a kick-ass heroine and the relationship between her and Ethan was interesting. Lois McMaster Bujold continues to make the Vorkosigan series a huge favorite! ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jan 18, 2017 |
This book is part of the Vorkosigan Saga (science fiction - space opera) that I started last year (2016). It does not feature Miles Vorksigan and can be considered a stand alone book if anyone is interested in checking the author out. This book features Dr. Ethan Urquhart, Chief of Biology at the Severin District Reproduction Centre on the planet Athos. Athos is a planet of men, a single sex culture. Dr. Urquhart and women are prohibited. Continuing reproduction on Athos relies on uterine replicator technology. Dr. Urquhart receives in the mail a box of obvious garbage instead of the ovaian tissue culture that had been expected. The planet sends Dr. Urquhart as planetary ambassador to amend this problem that threatens the viability of continued life on Athos. The book addresses issues of genetic engineering. I liked it, it is a shorter work that some of the Saga. I listened to the audio narrated by Grover Gardner.

This may sound like a male oriented series and it has many males it in but this series features strong female characters. This one features Commander Elli Quinn, a rather unorthodox intelligence officer with the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet. These books are space opera, military in subgenre. ( )
  Kristelh | Jan 7, 2017 |
When a shipment of necessary genetic material does not arrive on Athos, a planet inhabited only by males, Dr. Ethan Urquhart goes in search of a new source of biologics necessary for his planet's existence. On Kline Station Ethan lands in the middle of intrigue, espionage, and violence, all areas of humanity's characteristics with which he has no experience. Good story, with plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing until the end. ( )
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Our hero is a quiet, upstanding citizen of Athos, an obstetrician in a world in which reproduction is carried out entirely via uterine replicator, without the aid of living women. Problem: the 200-year-old cultures are not providing eggs the way they used to, and attempts to order replacements by mail have failed catastrophically. But when Ethan is sent to find out what happened and acquire more eggs, he finds himself in a morass of Cetagandan covert ops and Jackson Whole politics--and the only person who's around to rescue him is the inimitable--and, disturbingly, female--Elli Quinn, Dendarii rent-a-spy.

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Dr. Ethan Urquhart is Chief of Biology at a District Reproduction Center. He delivers babies from uterine replicators. You see, on Athos there are no women. In fact, the planet is forbidden to them. Isolated from the galactic community by distance and a lack of exploitable resources, the Athosians have peacefully lived their peculiar social experiment for 200 years. But now, the ovarian cultures dating back to the original settlement of the planet are giving out. With the future of Athos at stake, Ethan is chosen on behalf of his cloistered fellows for a unique mission: to brave the wider universe in quest of new ovarian tissue cultures to replenish Athos' dwindling stocks. Along the way, he must tangle with covert operatives, killers, telepathy, interplanetary politics, and perhaps most disturbingly--an indomitable female mercenary named Elli Quinn.… (more)

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