May. 14th, 2010

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I think this is little known. When I nominated it for the Feminist SF blog's "Top 10 Obscure Works" (by or starring people who are not straight white men) poll (this is as far it got), I described it like this:
"Her fantasy is well-known, but this is SF (and a police procedural, and a thriller, and … stuff). Prominent roles for women, a gay man, and Black people. Bobbie Lacey hit a glass ceiling, but not because she’s a woman …"

It also has a variety of aliens with different gender arrangements, intrigue in an alien court, and an alien species that lives in the same ghetto as the lower-class humans and they can eat the same food; some places serve fusion cuisine. It also makes sense of the "desert planet" trope: the planet has climatic zones, but only this one is almost-habitable. And there's another thing, which I'll put under a cut because I can! It's revealed after a chapter or so, but I'd love to read the reactions of anyone who read it without knowing in advance.
Sort-of spoilers, not about the plot )
Has anybody here read it? What did you think?

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