The only thing wrong with this spectacular debut is that it isn’t long enough. In Semiosis, a group of humans land on a new planet lush with sentient plant life. Burke’s descriptions of the people and plants are so detailed and fascinating that you don’t want to let them go — but you have to, because the book races through several generations of settlers, exploring how they learn to communicate and coexist with the hostile plants. The world building is extraordinary; Burke’s an author to watch. Recommended By Matt K. , Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Human survival hinges on an bizarre alliance in Semiosis, a character driven science fiction novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke.
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Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches... and waits...
Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.
“This is up there with Ursula K. Le Guin: science fiction at its most fascinating and most humane.“ Thrillist
“A magnetic meditation on biochemistry and humanity.” Locus Online
“Impressive debut novel...lush... beautiful.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“This first-contact tale is extraordinary.” Library Journal (Starred Review)
About the Author
Sue Burke spent many years working as a reporter and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is a Clarion workshop alumnus, and she has published more than 30 short stories. Burke also worked extensively as a literary translator, and while living in Madrid, Spain, she headed the long-running Madrid Writer’s Critique Group. Her translations include the fantasy novel Prodigies by Angélica Gorodischer, the bilingual science fiction anthology Castles in Spain/Castillos en el aire, and the script for the science fiction movie Mindgate.