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We Who Are About to [Hardcover]

Joanna Russ


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January 1977 0839824955 978-0839824954
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.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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“This is an important science fiction novel.” —The New York Times Book Review

“One of the pioneers and luminaries of women’s science fiction!”—MS. Magazine

“If this were a film it could be one of Peckinpah’s, violent, self-indulgent, obsessively contemptuous of humanity, nihilistic and fascinating.”—Publisher’s Weekly

"Wesleyan University Press, fortunately, has seen fit to reissue [We Who Are About To...] in a handsome trade-paperback edition. ...This is an important book. Read it afresh and let it speak to you.” —New York Review of Science Fiction --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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“Perhaps the most subtle, complex, and exciting science fiction novel ever written about the attempt to survive a hostile alien environment. It is characteristic of Russ’s genius that her most sheerly readable novel is also one of her most intellectually intricate.” (Carl Freedman, author of Critical Theory and Science Fiction) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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