Mission Child

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Harpercollins, Nov 1, 1999 - Fiction - 370 pages
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Young Janna has lived her fourteen years on the icy northern plains of a world that has forgotten its history. Now the arrival of aliens from a distant world -- beings identical in appearance to her own kind but far different in thought and culture -- has violently upset the fragile balance of a developing civilization. The Earthers' advanced technology and cruel indifference to local life have brought despair and destruction to Janna's home, robbing her of family, husband, child, even her own identity. But with the cataclysmic end of everything she has ever known comes an opportunity for rebirth.

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User Review  - -sunny- - LibraryThing

I had completely forgotten that the short-story collection "Mothers and Other Monsters," which I'd read this summer, was by the same author. So it was a surprise to begin reading this and think..."Hey ... Read full review

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This story takes place on a colony world where many of the citizens have forgotten or have little knowledge of their origins. It is a richly described world, though not with conventional descriptions ... Read full review


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Maureen F. McHugh is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Mission Child, China Mountain Zhang -- which was a New York Times Notable Book, nominated for both a Hugo and a Nebula Award, and winner of the Locus Readers' Poll for Best First Novel, a James Tiptree Award, and a Lambda Award -- and Half the Day is Night. She received the Hugo for her short story "The Lincoln Train," and other stories have appeared in several publications and anthologies, including in the highly regarded collection Starlight 1. Ms. McHugh lives in Ohio with her husband and stepson.

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