A Door Into Ocean

A Door Into Ocean Review

A Door into Ocean is the novel upon which the author's reputation as an important SF writer principally rests. A ground-breaking work both of feminist SF and of world-building hard SF, it concerns the Sharers of Shora, a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis--there are no males--and tells of the conflicts that erupt when a neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world, and send in an army.

Title:A Door Into Ocean
Edition Language:English

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  • Angela

    I loathe this book with an ungodly passion. I want to preface the rest of my review by saying I am deeply feminist. In fact, feminist science fiction is my most beloved literary subgenre. I am well-ve...

  • Wealhtheow

    Shora is a world without land. The humans who colonized it chose to reshape themselves, instead of terraforming the planet. Sharers, as the descendents of the colonists call themselves, strive to live...

  • Than

    Meh. As with most ideologically pacifist writing, this one left me feeling unsatisfied. The setup is good: a planet of women who live in a tribal egalitarian society, with life sciences way beyond our...

  • Katie

    Hours after I have finished reading this book I am still trying to emerge from the vast ocean Shora. The words on each page were like a whirlpool, sucking me in, forcing me to listen to their tale. I ...

  • Samuel

    In a word: amazing. Landor’s narration is beautiful and lyrical, with well-detailed characterizations across the cultures and classes presented in Slonczewski’s award-winning novel of feminism, pa...

  • Anja

    As I read this book I couldn't stop comparing it to Dune by Frank Herbert. In many ways it was similar, war time, a supreme ruler, a group of people who didn't want to fight, and a young male who is...

  • Kirsten

    Interlibrary loan courtesy of Collins Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA.Wow! What an incredible book!! Great world building, important messages about the environment and war. One world is...

  • Kirk Sluder

    It's just my luck that I seem to be reading Slonczewski's Elysium cycle backwards. A Door into Ocean is the first, and most explicitly political of the four novels, focusing on non-violent action and ...

  • Sue Davis

    I loved this novel and used it as an example of the feminism that posits that women are different from men, ie morally superior....

  • Parallel Worlds

    Intended Audience: AdultSexual content: SignificantAce/Genderqueer characters: Yes (Human and Alien)Rating: PG-13/R for violence, torture, brief sexuality and rapeWriting style: 3/5Likable characters:...