'Sheri Tepper takes the mental risks that are the lifeblood of science fiction and all imaginative narrative' Ursula K. Le Guin 'Slowly, horribly delicious' WASHINGTON POST 'One of the most interesting and likeable heroines in modern science fiction' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Born in 1929, Sheri S. Tepper is a prolific American writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, crime and poetry. Her first SF novel, The Awakeners, was originally published in two volumes in 1987. Her novel Beauty (1991), winner of the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, has been published as a Fantasy Masterwork.
Generations in the future, when humanity has spread to other planets and Earth is ruled by Sanctity, a dour, coercive religion that looks to resurrection of the body by storing cell samples of its communicants, a plague is threatening to wipe out mankind. The only planet that seems to be spared is Grass, so-called because that is virtually all that grows there. It was settled by families of European nobility who live on vast estancias and indulge in the ancient sport of fox hunting--although the horses, hounds and foxes aren't what they what they appear to be. Rigo and Marjorie Westriding Yrarier and family are sent to Grass as ambassadors and unofficial investigators because the ruling families--the bons--have refused to allow scientists to authenticate the planet's immunity from the plague. The egotistical Rigo sets out to prove himself to the bons while Marjorie remains wary about the relationship between the hunters and the hunted. She gains allies in her search, but invasion strikes from an unexpected quarter before the truth about an alien species comes to light. Tepper ( The Gate to Women's Country ) delves into the nature of truth and religion, creating some strong characters in her compelling story. (Sept. )