We Who Are About To...

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Wesleyan University Press, Mar 15, 2005 - Fiction - 118 pages
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A multi-dimensional explosion hurls the starship’s few passengers across the galaxies and onto an uncharted barren tundra. With no technical skills and scant supplies, the survivors face a bleak end in an alien world. One brave woman holds the daring answer, but it is the most desperate one possible.

Elegant and electric, We Who Are About To... brings us face to face with our basic assumptions about our will to live. While most of the stranded tourists decide to defy the odds and insist on colonizing the planet and creating life, the narrator decides to practice the art of dying. When she is threatened with compulsory reproduction, she defends herself with lethal force. Originally published in 1977, this is one of the most subtle, complex, and exciting science fiction novels ever written about the attempt to survive a hostile alien environment. It is characteristic of Russ’s genius that such a readable novel is also one of her most intellectually intricate.

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User Review  - TPauSilver - LibraryThing

When their ship explodes a small group of survivors are stranded on an unknown planet without any means of rescue. In this we have a bunch of optimists who plan to colonize the planet (by any means ... Read full review

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I'm about half way through this now. I bought it because Sam Delaney sat behind the publisher's book table at a convention and was like "you should read this, or maybe this other Russ book if you've ... Read full review

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Best known for her novel The Female Man, JOANNA RUSS is the author of 16 books, many short stories, and several journal articles dealing with subjects of science fiction, feminism, and writing. She lives in Arizona. SAMUEL R. DELANY is a novelist living in New York who has won both Hugo and Nebula awards.

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