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Chercher La Femme

(2018)
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They named the planet La Femme and called it a paradise and refused to leave it. Now Julia 9561 is heading up the mission to retrieve the errant crew and establish meaningful Contact with the inhabitants. Are the inhabitants really all female, as the first crew claimed? Why don't the men want to return to Earth? What happened to the women on the crew? And why did Paul 22423 warn the First Council to send only male crew members?

''Chercher La Femme, which unfolds in a strange, complex, alien future, effectively explores several themes: of personal identity and how it holds itself together but is also porous to experience; of communication with alien life forms and how amorphous and challenging that might be; and of the visceral power of alien forms of beauty and art, giving the story compelling depths. The tense stretch between the Pax and the Outsiders offers an interesting representation of the real-world tension we now live with, between low-tech societies and those racing to colonize outer (and inner, personal) space in all sorts of ways.
''There's some interesting tidal stirring going on at the more cerebral levels of modern SF, which I think began with books like A Voyage to Arcturus and Solaris. It's now manifesting itself in, for example, Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach books and in this book, Chercher La Femme, as well as in films like Arrival, They Remain, and of course Annihilation. Human bafflement and consternation characterize these stories in the face of the most alien kind of alien-ness we can imagine at this point, and a necessary softening and yielding of our age-old infatuation with a propulsive, often violent drive to control (or kill) whatever is ineffable and strange to us."-- Suzy McKee Charnas, author of The Vampire Tapestry and the Holdfast Chronicles

Genre: Science Fiction

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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Chercher La Femme
Author(s): L Timmel Duchamp
ISBN: 1-61976-147-5 / 978-1-61976-147-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aqueduct Pr
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July 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Chercher La Femme
Author(s): L Timmel Duchamp
Publisher: Aqueduct Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU