Picnic on Paradise
A new kind of sci-fi heroine, the tough-as-nails Alyx, is introduced in this Nebula Award finalist that Poul Anderson called an “extraordinary” novel.
Set in a semi-utopian world, Joanna Russ’s groundbreaking debut novel is the story of Alyx, a female soldier, survival guide, and agent of the Trans-Temporal Authority. Displaced in time from her ancient Greece, Alyx is tasked with safely leading a group of pampered human vacationers—including some unconventional nuns and a detached teenager known as the Machine—across an uninhabited scenic terrain to a relief station. But the journey proves more challenging than anticipated as they confront one another’s failings; the physical dangers of an icy, hostile wilderness; and Alyx’s own personal demons.
Long before the kick-ass heroines of current science fiction and fantasy, Russ unapologetically introduced readers to a short, strong, middle-aged (for her world/time) woman of twenty-six who knows how to survive but struggles with the emotional nuances of her charges and the confusion of her own mixed feelings. With iconic characters like Alyx, Russ “four decades ago helped deliver science fiction into the hands of the most alien creatures the genre had yet seen—women . . . [and] helped inaugurate the now flourishing tradition of feminist science fiction” (The New York Times).
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Joanna Russ. Picnic on Paradise Joanna Russ She was a soft-spoken, dark-
haired, small-boned woman, not even coming.
She was a soft-spoken, dark-haired, small-boned woman, not even coming up to
their shoulders, like a kind of dwarf or miniature—but that was normal enough for
a Mediterranean Greek of nearly four millennia ago, before super-diets and ...
... with the girl coming next, a green tube in the middle of her mouth, the two nuns
clinging together in shock, the bald-headed boy swaying a little as he walked, as
if to unheard music, the lieutenant and the artist— who lingered. “Where'd they ...
They formed a straggling line, walking off toward the low hills and Alyx, a thought
suddenly coming to her, said offhandedly before she knew it, “You're mother and
daughter, aren't you?” The entire line stopped. Maudey had instantly turned ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - majackson - LibraryThing
Highly stylized concept: a female street-fighter is saved from death in ancient Crete to lead a party of effete picnickers in the far future through a minor war on an ideal Terra-formed planet. Most ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing
I picked it up because of the author. I recognized the name, but haven't read anything by her. Unfortunately, this is probably not the book to start with. I didn't like any of the characters - the ... Read full review