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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rather wondered,” said the lady, elevating her indigo brows at what she seemed
to have taken as an insult, “why you keep yourself so covered up. Is it a tribal rite?
“By the way,” called back the artist, “I'm a flat-color man. What was your
profession?” “Murderer,” said Alyx, and she stepped through the door. “Raydos is
the flat-color man,” said the lieutenant, his feet up on what looked gratifyingly like
“Influence,” said the lieutenant, his face darkening a little. “Influence, you know. I
don't like the man. That's too personal an evaluation, of course, but damn it, I'm a
decent man. If I don't like him, I say I don't like him. He'd honor me for it.
lieutenant went on briskly. “And crossbows—same stuff—and packs, and we'll
give you all the irradiated food we can get you. And insulated suits.” “And
ignorance,” said she. His eyebrows went up. “Sheer ignorance,” she repeated. “
The most ...
“Lieutenant,” said Alyx, “why are you sending me on this picnic?” He made a
vague gesture, looking back into the shed, fidgeting like a man who has a
hundred things to do and cannot make up his mind where to start. “An explorer,”
said the ...
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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