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Semiosis

(2018)
(The first book in the Semiosis Duology series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
‘Up there with the best of Le Guin in terms of beautiful, engrossing, brilliantly imagined sci-fi’
VULTURE

‘SEMIOSIS combines the world-building of Avatar with the alien wonder of Arrival, and the sheer humanity of Atwood. An essential work for our time’
STEPHEN BAXTER

NOMINATED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD

Escaping conflict on Earth, an idealistic group of settlers arrive on a distant planet – Pax – with plans for a perfect society.

The world they discover is rich with life, but this is not the Eden they were hoping for. The plants on Pax are smart – smart enough to domesticate, and even slaughter, its many extraordinary animals.

To survive, the colonists realize that they must strike bargains of their own. But if they are to make Pax their home, they must go further, searching for a way to communicate and coexist with these utterly alien intelligences.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"In Semiosis, Sue Burke blends science with adventure and fascinating characters, as a human colony desperately seeks to join the ecosystem of an alien world." - David Brin

"A gripping story of colonization and biological wonders." - Gregory Frost

"Original, gripping, and gloriously unpredictable." - Mira Grant

"A first contact novel like none you've ever read. . . . The kind of story for which science fiction was invented." - James Patrick Kelly

"This is top class SF, intelligent and engaging and I loved every moment of it." - Adrian Tchaikovsky


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February 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Semiosis: A Novel (Semiosis Duology, 1)
Author(s): Sue Burke
ISBN: 0-7653-9135-X / 978-0-7653-9135-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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March 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Semiosis: A Novel (Semiosis Duology)
Author(s): Sue Burke
ISBN: 0-7653-9136-8 / 978-0-7653-9136-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Semiosis: A novel of first contact
Author(s): Sue Burke
ISBN: 0-00-830077-1 / 978-0-00-830077-7 (UK edition)
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August 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Semiosis: A novel of first contact
Author(s): Sue Burke
ISBN: 0-00-830281-2 / 978-0-00-830281-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Semiosis
Author(s): Sue Burke
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Semiosis
Author(s): Sue Burke
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Semiosis
Author(s): Sue Burke
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Semiosis: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Burke
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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February 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Semiosis: A Novel
Author(s): Sue Burke
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August 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Semiosis: A novel of first contact
Author(s): Sue Burke
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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March 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Semiosis: A novel of first contact
Author(s): Sue Burke
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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February 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Semiosis: A Novel (Semiosis Duology Book 1)
Author(s): Sue Burke
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA