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Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon

Remnant Population (original 1996; edition 1996)

by Elizabeth Moon

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Title:Remnant Population
Authors:Elizabeth Moon
Info:Baen (1996), Hardcover, 339 pages
Collections:Basement Collection, To read

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Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon (1996)


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The story of a pleasant old woman who avoids leaving when her colony is evacuated from a recently settled planet; a replacement colony is slaughtered by locals, but she gets on friendly terms with the local begs and shares language with them. A hardline group of investigators tries to deny the aliens are intelligent language-users, using Chomskyite "Clever Hans" arguments etc. Ultimately the aliens defeat the hardliners and she ends up living (and finally dying) peacefully surrounded by reconciled humans and aliens. There are only two or three books I can think of that make equally intelligent use of language/intelligence theories for science fiction. Her aliens are not cute little fuzzies. They drink animal blood and kill people quite efficiently, but still they are sympathetic beings with their own point of view. ( )
  antiquary | Jun 21, 2014 |
This is a book I re-read from time to time.

I love the way Ofelia is portrayed: such a sympathetic portrait of an old woman who is sick of fitting in with everyone else and just wants to be left alone.

It's a beautifully crafted book and has a satisfying ending. ( )
  fairyhedgehog | Dec 14, 2013 |
Tiptree longlist 1996 ( )
  SChant | Nov 8, 2013 |
I plan to be a tough, eccentric old lady someday (beats the alternative.) If you aren't into that then I'm not sure why you are even reading this review, but presumably it was helpful. I would class this as a comfort food book, like high quality mashed potatoes. ( )
  sprite | Aug 7, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
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To Betsy, who provided the spark,
And Mary, Ellen, and Carrie
who responded with warmth and light.
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Between her toes the damp earth felt cool, but already sweat crept between the roots of her hair.
Always something to overcome the body's momentary collapse, if you only gave it a chance. A color, a scent, a scrap of music. (p. 194)
What they [instructors] cared about, all they really cared about, was that she learned to do what she was told and not make messes...had not cared whether she understood the machines she was taught to tend and repair. Follow the instructions...It's no harder than making a dress from a pattern, one of them told her. Even homemakers like you can do that. She had clenched herself around the pain of his scorn and proved that she could... (p.160)
The joy of creation, of play, had been the empty place unfilled by family and social duties. She would have loved her children better, she thought now, if she had realized how much she herself needed to play, to follow her own childish desire to handle beautiful things and make more beauty. (p 100)
It was the old guilt, which insisted that she be responsible for everything, that things must be conserved in case of later need. (p.101)
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Alone at Last

People had always told Oelia what to do'; for once she was going to do what she wanted. She refused to get on the cryo ships, refused to leave the only world she could call home. and when they finally came for her, she hid - not that the authorities looked all that hard for one crazy old woman. Now Ofelia is alone, content to live with no more demands on her self or her time, the only remaining settler on an abandoned planet.

Then new settlers arrive.At first she fears they have come to reoccupy the settlement she has come to think of as hers - but they land far away. And as Ofelia secretly listens, the are slaughtered to the last child by stone-age aliens no one knew were there.

Now it is up to OFelia to save the aliens form Earth's wrath...
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In a far-flung capitalistic empire among the stars, generations of colonization without a single contact with an intelligent, non-human species have reduced the colonial process to a franchise system. Amid the abuses of the system which inevitably follow, an old woman decides not to leave when her failed colony is evacuated, thinking the freedom to live alone and die in peace is worth any risk. In this entertaining but suspenseful first-contact novel, Elizabeth Moon's apt depiction of the interaction between old and young plays counterpoint to the interaction between human and alien.

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When her company relocates to another planet, Ofelia Falfurrias, 70, who expects to be downsized anyway, decides to remain behind. Thus she discovers the planet's population as it emerges from hiding, now that the humans have left. A meeting of cultures.… (more)

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