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Brightness Falls from the Air av James…
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Brightness Falls from the Air (urspr publ 1985; utgåvan 1993)

av James Tiptree Jr. (Författare)

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They have gathered now on Damien and are about to witness the last rising of a man-made nova. They are sixteen humans in a distant world about to be enveloped by an eruption of violence--horror and murder, oddly complemented by a bizarre, unforgiving love. But justice is not all that they're about to find. Judgment is coming, and the sixteen unsuspecting ones are on the threshold of the murdered star.… (mer)
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Titel:Brightness Falls from the Air
Författare:James Tiptree Jr. (Författare)
Info:Orb Books (1993), Edition: First Edition, 382 pages
Samlingar:Scifi and Fantasy
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Brightness Falls from the Air av James Tiptree Jr. (1985)

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An intelligently, intricately plotted thriller that starts off innocently enough with a party to view the final passage of a nova. Aliens, spacers, pushers, and porn stars interact to form a clever commentary on love and autonomy. Starts off slow but worth sticking it out. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Ultimately a pretty good book. I found the first third or so to be a bit of a slog but, once the world-building and character introductions are out of the way, it became more compelling. The genius on display in Sheldon's short fiction, (especially the incredible 'Her Smoke Rose Up Forever' collection, is mostly missing from this book. Her other full-length novel, 'Up the Walls of the World', exhibited flashes of that brilliance and also included more interesting characters and settings. While there are a couple of decent ideas here, there are also plenty of problems. Nevertheless, for Tiptree fans/completists, this is a worthy book to read. ( )
  ScoLgo | Aug 21, 2020 |
Good, but not great. If only I had identified with any of the characters a bit more. Mostly a murder mystery set in the future, on an alien planet.
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
I've read several books that won the Tiptree Award:
(Candas Jane Dorsey - Black Wine,
Elizabeth Hand - Waking The Moon,
Nicola Griffith - Ammonite
Maureen F. McHugh - China Mountain Zhang
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness -
all books I'd highly recommend!)

but somehow, I'd never read a book by Tiptree (Alice Sheldon), only a short story or two.
So I picked up this book, which the cover says is her 'greatest novel.'

I guess the hype got to me, because I was a little disappointed - it wasn't a bad book, but I'd say ALL of the previously-mentioned books were better. 'Brightness Falls From the Air' doesn't even particularly discuss gender issues! (not that a good book needs to, but considering that that's what the author's known for, I was expecting it.)

On a planet known as Damiem, a small hostel/research outpost staffed only by 3 team members is in charge both of providing hospitality to tourists and guarding the native aliens, the beautiful and delicate Dameii, who were previously the victims of human mercenaries who tortured them for their bodily secretions - a rare pleasure-inducing drug, to humans.
A dozen or so tourists arrive to watch a unique phenomenon - the light of a star that has been induced to nova in a terrible interstellar war is passing Damiem, showering the planet with bizarre radiation and causing strange effects such as time-flurries.

But perhaps not all the tourists are on the up-and-up - are some of them in cahoots, in a plan to again, torture and exploit the Dameii?
The action plays out pretty much like a typical ensemble mystery, but one where it's less of a mystery than usual who the bad guys might be.
The characters are a diverse bunch... a rich woman and her paralyzed sister, a young prince, an Aquaman, a movie director and his team of four porn stars, an elderly doctor.... etc.

There are a couple of annoying failures of logic in the plot. For instance, why would someone in a coma not physically age? (They would!) And how, on the other hand, could someone who was induced to age preternaturally quickly hide it through an act of will? (They couldn't!)

Overall, an entertaining sci-fi adventure, but not really a classic for the ages... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
As a little inside joke with her readers (since by now, the world knew that Tiptree was Alice Sheldon), was the Acknowledgement at the beginning.

The events narrated here took place in the First Star Age of Man, when Galactic was the virtually universal tongue. All credit for back-translation into what is believed to be an antique idiom of Earth, circa 1985 Local, must go to my esteemed colleague in the Department of Defunct Languages, Rigel University, Dr. Raccoona Sheldon, along with my profound personal gratitude. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Dec 21, 2013 |
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I wish the author had found a more economical way to present the material in the opening and closing chapters, but plodding through them is a small price to pay for the extraordinary experience of the middle scene.
 
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They have gathered now on Damien and are about to witness the last rising of a man-made nova. They are sixteen humans in a distant world about to be enveloped by an eruption of violence--horror and murder, oddly complemented by a bizarre, unforgiving love. But justice is not all that they're about to find. Judgment is coming, and the sixteen unsuspecting ones are on the threshold of the murdered star.

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