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The Moon and the Other

(2017)
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Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
John Kessel, one of the most visionary writers in the field, has created a rich matriarchal utopia, set in the near future on the moon, a society that is flawed by love and sex, and on the brink of a destructive civil war.

In the middle of the 22nd century, over three million people live in underground cities below the moon's surface. One city-state, the Society of Cousins, is matriarchy, where men are supported in any career choice, and can have all the sex they want, but no right to vote - and tensions are beginning to flare as outside political intrigues increase.

After participating in a rebellion that caused his mother's death, Erno has been exiled from the Society of Cousins. Now, he is living in the Society's rival colony, Persepolis, when he meets and marries Amestris, the defiant daughter of the richest man on the moon.

Mira, a rebellious loner in the Society, creates graffiti videos that challenge the Society's political domination. She is hopelessly in love with Carey, the exemplar of male privilege. An Olympic champion in low-gravity martial arts and known as the most popular bedmate in the Society, Carey's more suited to being a boyfriend than a parent, even as he tries to gain custody of his teenage son.

When the Organization of Lunar States sends a team to investigate the condition of men in the Society, Erno sees an opportunity to get rich, Amestris senses an opportunity to escape from her family, Mira has a chance for social change, and Carey can finally become independent of the matriarchy that considers him a perpetual adolescent. But when Society secrets are revealed, the first moon war erupts, and everyone must decide what is truly worth fighting for.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Brilliant and thought provoking,,,An intense experience. This may be his best book yet." - Kim Stanley Robinson


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Used availability for John Kessel's The Moon and the Other

Hardback Editions

April 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Moon and the Other
Author(s): John Kessel
ISBN: 1-4814-8144-4 / 978-1-4814-8144-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Saga Press
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Paperback Editions

December 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Moon and the Other
Author(s): John Kessel
ISBN: 1-4814-8145-2 / 978-1-4814-8145-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Saga Press
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Audio Editions

April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Moon and the Other
Author(s): John Kessel
Publisher: Recorded Books
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April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Moon and the Other
Author(s): John Kessel
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Moon and the Other
Author(s): John Kessel
Publisher: Saga Press
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