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Grass (#48 SF Masterworks)

Sheri S. Tepper

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Gollancz
13 June 2002
Science fiction; Colonisation; GALAXY Special Event 1
What could be more commonplace than grass, or a world covered all over its surface with a wind-whipped ocean of grass? But the planet Grass conceals horrifying secrets within its endless pastures. And as an incurable plague attacks all inhabited planets but this one, the prairie-like Grass begins to reveal these secrets - and nothing will ever be the same again...
By:   Sheri S. Tepper
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   No.48
Dimensions:   Height: 132mm,  Width: 200mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   384g
ISBN:   9781857987980
ISBN 10:   1857987985
Series:   S.F. Masterworks
Pages:   544
Publication Date:   13 June 2002
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sheri S. Tepper is the author of several resoundingly acclaimed novels, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated GIBBON'S DECLINE AND FALL, SIX MOON DANCE, THE FAMILY TREE, A PLAGUE OF ANGELS, SIDESHOW and BEAUTY, which was voted Best Fantasy Novel of the Year by readers of LOCUS.

Reviews for Grass (#48 SF Masterworks)

From the author of Northshore, Southshore, and The Gate to Women's Country: an alien contact/planetary odyssey that just trundles along without provoking much reaction. A plague is ravaging the religion-dominated human empire - except for planet Grass, where the vegetation consists exclusively of. . .you guessed it. So the authorities decide to send a clandestine investigator, Marjorie Westriding Yrarier, and her family. After a long, difficult, and personally costly investigation, Marjorie determines the facts. Grass, it emerges, is home to an alien species that has two phases: the vicious, animal-like Hippae; and the gentle, civilized foxen. The original human colonists used the Hippae as riding beasts and became enslaved by them. Previously, the Hippae had defeated another alien race of would-be colonists, and thus hoped to defeat galactic humanity by sending forth the same disease that devastated the aliens (thanks to a biochemical oddity, the humans of Grass are immune). Only when the activities of the Hippae provoke the humans to open warfare is the alien plot revealed. Imaginative and well worked out, but overstuffed, poorly peopled, and too long by half. (Kirkus Reviews)


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