Monday, January 17, 2011

Women's Tales: Dust

For Women's Tales, I present more scifi...

by Elizabeth Bear

Description from the amazon:
On a broken ship orbiting a doomed sun, dwellers have grown complacent with their aging metal world. But when a serving girl frees a captive noblewoman, the old order is about to change....

Ariane, Princess of the House of Rule, was known to be fiercely cold-blooded. But severing an angel’s wings on the battlefield—even after she had surrendered—proved her completely without honor. Captive, the angel Perceval waits for Ariane not only to finish her off—but to devour her very memories and mind. Surely her gruesome death will cause war between the houses—exactly as Ariane desires. But Ariane’s plan may yet be opposed, for Perceval at once recognizes the young servant charged with her care.

Rien is the lost child: her sister. Soon they will escape, hoping to stop the impending war and save both their houses. But it is a perilous journey through the crumbling hulk of a dying ship, and they do not pass unnoticed. Because at the hub of their turning world waits Jacob Dust, all that remains of God, following the vapor wisp of the angel. And he knows they will meet very soon.

--/=/=-- Book Giveaway --=\=\=-

Prize: My gently used copy.

Open to all.

Offer ends: January 30, 2011

Recommend a science fiction book that you enjoyed with a female protagonist or written by a female author.

AND, include your email address.


Contest has ended - winner is here


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  1. Wow, nothing springs to mind that fits those parameters from what I've read. I'm not heavy on sci-fi, though. There was a very strong lead character in James Knapp's State of Decay, though she was one of a small ensemble.

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  2. The only sci-fi book written by a woman I can even think of momentarily is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was good though, could be why I'm drawing a blank.

  3. hmmphf, email; freda.mans[at]

  4. Oh I do not need more books..but it sounds so cool *bites nails*

    Grass by Sheri tepper, freaky book

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  5. Tanith Lee is one of the best in the field, me thinks. And, if you haven't yet read "The Silver Metal Lover" - you are missing one heck of a good read! I'd give it 6 starz out of 5 lol

    It's so many things at once, a YA dystopian, romantic, transforming. And one of the few books that was successfully petitioned by fans to be brought back into print (originally printed in 1982, I believe).

    The Silver Metal Lover should be *mandatory* reading for all bibiliophiles hehe

  6. Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
    Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard (SFR)
    Both very beautiful


  7. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm


  8. I highly recommend Nicola Griffith. She's gotten away from her sci-fi-ish-ness to do more contemporary thrillers, but I adore her sci-fi novels Slow River and Ammonite. They're female-centric and queer and sexy and nerdy and fun. I just love them. Nicola Griffith has also been the editor of volumes of queer horror and sci-fi.

  9. I would say Carrie by Stephen King. Also, his book Firestarter had a little girl as a main character.

  10. I can always use another book! I would recommend Contact by Carl Sagan..the female protagonist is Ellie, a scientist/astronomer.

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  11. I would say Max from Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson. Being experimented by a mad scientist is way too horrible.

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

    thanks for the chance!

  12. Thats a tough question, anything my Andrae Norton :)

  13. I love The Empress of Mars written by Kage Baker.

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway, Velvet! :D

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  14. I forgot to leave my email addy! thesibylqueen at

  15. Here's one on my wish list:

    Expendable (League of Peoples, Bk. 1) by James Alan Gardner

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  16. Cyteen by CJ Cherryh

    goncalo DOT mil AT gmail DOT com

  17. Justina Robson's Natural History


  18. "Up the Walls of the World"
    It was written under a pseudonym - James Tiptree Jr - by Alice Sheldon.
    A great, great book!

    educhico AT gmail DOT com

  19. The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. They are pretty good books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Light Music by Kathleen Ann Goonan

    39 DOT 5susy AT gmail DOT com

  21. The Female Man is very much adequate!

    joanapatriciadias [at]

  22. "Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang" is also one of my all-time favorites in science fiction.
    Greatly written by a woman!



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