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The Snow Queen (1980)

by Joan D. Vinge

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Series: The Snow Queen Cycle / Tiamat (1)

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The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat, and the 150-year reign of the Summer primitives will begin. All is not lost if Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can destroy destiny with an act of genocide. Arienrhod is not without competition as Moon, a young Summer-tribe sibyl, and the nemesis of the Snow Queen, battles to break a conspiracy that spans space.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.… (more)
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This was a childhood favorite of a friend of mine. I seem to have front-loaded my year with sci-fi so I was not that excited to start this. But the writing is quality, there's good characterization and world-building, and a commentary on politics and colonization. I also read it very much in the context of its time and the mindset of the teen who loved it. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
primele 2 treimi, 4/5: curge foarte lejer, lumea e construită destul de complex (deși prezentată naiv, școlăresc), fundalul cultural interesant, însă personajele-s banale și unidimensionale. Ultima treime, 2/5: totul devine un teatru de marionete unde indivizii acționează șablonard și infantil doar pentru că exact așa trebuie ca să i se lege autoarei ițele, iar lungeala fără rost e enormă și plictisitoare. Medie: 3/5 Cum o fi câștigat Hugo? Oare chiar nu au contra-candidat decât porcării? ( )
  milosdumbraci | May 5, 2023 |
Engrossing and well-written science fiction with fantasy elements that takes place in an imaginative and sprawling universe. I'm glad there are more books in the series as the setting is so interesting that I'm not ready to leave it yet! Due to the expanse of the plot, the character development does leave a bit to be desired but it didn't detract at all from my enjoyment of the story. ( )
  serru | Oct 6, 2022 |
Didn't finish it, just couldn't get into it at all. ( )
  awesomejen2 | Jun 21, 2022 |
One of my favourite SF novels, first read many years ago. And it now seems very prescient. ( )
  LizTuckwell | May 11, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Vinge, Joan D.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Archer, EllenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bear, GregIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jensen, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lundgren, CarlCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pultyn, JanuszTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watkins, France-MarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"...strait is the gate and narrow is the way which
leadeth unto light, and few there be that find it."

- New Testament, Matthew 7:14
"You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said
God; you shall not have both.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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To the Lady, who gives, and who takes away.
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The door swung shut silently behind them, cutting off the light, music, and wild celebration of the ballroom.
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The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for 150 years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat, and the 150-year reign of the Summer primitives will begin. All is not lost if Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can destroy destiny with an act of genocide. Arienrhod is not without competition as Moon, a young Summer-tribe sibyl, and the nemesis of the Snow Queen, battles to break a conspiracy that spans space.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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