Glory Season

Glory Season

by David Brin

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Hugo and Nebula award-winning author David Brin is one of the most eloquent, imaginative voices in science fiction.  Now he returns with a new novel rich in texture, universal in theme, monumental in scope—pushing the genre to new heights.

Young Maia is fast approaching a turning point in her life.  As a half-caste var, she must leave the clan home of her privileged half sisters and seek her fortune in the world.  With her twin sister, Leie, she searches the docks of Port Sanger for an apprenticeship aboard the vessels that sail the trade routes of the Stratoin oceans.

On her far-reaching, perilous journey of discovery, Maia will endure hardship and hunger, imprisonment and loneliness, bloody battles with pirates and separation from her twin.  And along the way, she will meet a traveler who has come an unimaginable distance—and who threatens the delicate balance of the Stratoins' carefully maintained, perfect society....

Both exciting and insightful, Glory Season is a major novel, a transcendent saga of the human spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553567670
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1994
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 784
Sales rank: 663,540
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.26(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Brin is a scientist and the bestselling author of Sundiver, The Uplift War, Startide Rising, The Practice Effect, The Postman, Heart of the Comet (with Gregory Benford), Earth, Glory Season, Brightness Reef, and Infinity's Shore, as well as the short-story collections The River of Time and Otherness. He has a doctorate in astrophysics and has been a NASA consultant and a physics professor.

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Twenty-six months before her second birthday, Maia learned the true difference between winter and summer.

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Glory Season 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
brainshades on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A forgettable book stuck in between the first and second Uplift Trilogies.Brin's typical world building prowess shines brightly, but the characters are weak and in the end I didn't care what happened to them as long as the book finally ended.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel, even as the premise was disturbing. On the planet Stratos, men are few and are genetically altered to only be interested in women during very few months, keeping them docile. They are also severely restricted in what jobs they can have. There are no marriages. Most women procreate by cloning, 'sparked' with the assistance of men, but that's all. The book is about exploring the ramifications of such a society, and particularly about the few non-clone women who have almost as few rights as the men. While the premise was disturbing, I though Brin treated it well. The ending was a little weak, it almost felt like another book was intended.
ewalrath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It bothers me so much that there will never be a sequel to this book. And the developments in cloning since this book were written have rendered it's premise unlikely. But the story of a clone society with men and conventionally-born women as oppressed minorities on a far-away planet was very thought provoking to me when I was 16 and had held up well to multiple readings.
StormRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set on Stratos, a planet ruled by women who have genetically altered themselves and the tiny minority of men in their society, this novel marks Brin's attempt to write in the science fiction subgenre of "feminist science fiction". Most of the time, this genre is also "utopian feminist science fiction", and the fact that this book isn't seems to have ticked off a lot of a feminist science fiction writers.There are certainly grounds to criticize the book - it is a little overbroad in painting gender sterotypes, but arguably that is becauss most of the women are clones (although the main character and her twin sister are not, they are second class "vars"). The book is also overlong, and somehow it feels rushed. A fair amount of time is spent with the characters noodling about with the game "Life", which is supposed to be the passion of the seafaring men of the planet, which to me, stretches credulity (since, for most people, Life gets tedious after a reasonably short time).The novel focuses on the adventures of Maia - one of a pair of twin "vars", cast out of her comfortable clone-run family business with her twin to find their fortunes. The comfortable, semi-technological utopia that has been set up on the world has been disrupted by a visitor from the outside - a man from the starfaring culture that exists offworld. Maia travels for a bit, finding out that some people are tyrrng to upset the current society by eliminating the men of the world entirely. Maia is kidnapped, escapes with the help of Renna, the off-worlder, has a bunch of adventures in which she learns that everything about her world is not what she assumed. She discovers off-world technology that appears to have been suppressed by the ruling elite and becomes a political symbol (most especially to a crew of virtuous men who she had helped earlier), finally coming out against those in power to try to pull Stratos out of its enforced technological backwardness.As I wrote before, this novel is not a great novel - it paints with a broad brush, the villains are a little too transparent, many characters seem to behave in irrational and nonsensical ways; however, it still does a good job at confronting and deflating the silly "feminist utopias" that many science fiction authors are fond of. It is also, at its core, a pretty good story without referencing the political and social commentary.
dishdasha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An engaging adventure story in an interesting social background. There are many unique points in this novel:* What if human can self-clone in addition to mating as means to replicate?* "Traditional" underdog adventure story in which the main character is treated unfairly.* The game of Life as a universal computing machine.David Brin somehow blends these ingredients to result in a really interesting story.My complaint is the rushed feel to parts 3 & 4 of the novel. And the ending does not feel satisfying to me. Overall a great read.
rudyleon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really hated this book. I picked it up because Brin and Suzy Charnas got into a heated discussion about the book on a discussion list I was on, and I was intrigued. Brin wanted to write a feminist utopian novel and got all irate and obnxious when folks who write and read feminist spec fic found it offensive and declared that it missed its mark. I have to agree. This book reads very much as a male view of what a woman would find to be utopian -- and as such reflects perhaps a bit too much of his limited understanding of 'what women want' and how we sees women in the world.But points for trying, right?
leld on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Regardless of gender, people are people. We are cruel, we love, we war and oppress, we find joy. We want to know our purpose and to find a place to be happy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only was this a major page-turner, but it is a thought provoker as well. I think women in particular will love this story of a young girl living in a distant world where women rule, and men are barely more than mules. If i have to criticize, i would say David Brin wasn't quite sure how to end this story, or maybe it wasn't the ending i wanted. But the only difficult part was seeing the odd creatures described, and understanding the alien terms used in this book. I think a second reading would prove worthwhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this book, I couldn't get past the slow first fifty pages. When I finally managed it the second time around, I discovered quite possibly the best book I've ever read. I didn't find the story to be all that sexist; if anything, it only points out how truly foolish sexism is. I was also dragged into the story of Maia, Leie and Renna, and I fell in love with all of them. I can't recommend this book enough. By far my favorite of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This intense story of an adolescent girl named Maia will get you turning pages faster than you ever have before. It is full of puzzles you will help her solve as well as enemies you will fight with her. Definitely a monumental sci-fi novel of our time.