Semiosis: A Novel

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Tom Doherty Associates, Feb 6, 2018 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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.

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User Review  - jdifelice -

Parts of this were enjoyable, and parts of this were kind of boring, overall I liked it. I struggled a little through the first two sections - while the world was being established and we were getting ... Read full review

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User Review  - gypsysmom -

John Scalzi turns his blog over to other authors a few times a month so they can publicize their newest book by writing about the "Big Idea" that gave rise to it. In February of 2018 Sue Burke wrote ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

SUE BURKE has worked as a reporter and editor for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and Semiosis is her debut novel. She is a Clarion workshop alumnus and has published over thirty 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. She now lives in Chicago.

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