Sullivan eschews the lies about survival being the responsibility of, or even a possibility for, the individual. This is the kind of text that recognizes that one of the key features of human evolution is the degree to which cooperation enables us to climb beyond the limitations of soft hands and blunt teeth. Lightborn shows us a world in whcih the argument is about what kinds of cooperaton work best (top down or bottom up, anarchic or authoritarian, amongst others), and has little truck with the more individualistic ends of the anarcho-libertarian spectrum.Oh yeah. You can see I'm going to have to read this one.
Also this week, Torque Control offers a special focus on science fiction by women. I mentioned here last week that Niall Harrison was doing a poll on sf novels by women over the last decade. Over this week, he's posting about an assortment of sf novels by women (not just those that fit the parameters of the poll). I urge you to start the plethora of posts with Prelude on Dec 3 and work your way forward. There's a fascinating piece that has Niall Harrison discussing Mary Gentle's Golden Witchbreed and Ancient Light with Duncan Lawie. Interspersed between posts about novels not on the list are the novels selected in the poll.
I would note about the poll that very few people from the US took part in the poll. In fact, I feel a bit like a cuckoo having deposited my egg in another bird's nest, since only 15% of the 101 respondents were USians. This really is a poll about the recent novels by women that British readers have read. (Which makes a kind of sense, since the poll was kicked off by a discussion of the lack of novels by women receiving British sf awards since 2001.) I suspect the results of a poll with more US respondents would have been different, not least because ease of access to titles tends to matter in such selection processes.