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Title:
Fish tails : a novel
Author:
Tepper, Sheri S., author.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
Physical Description:
708 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle, Abasio and Xulai, along with their children, encounter strange visitors from the far-off world of Lom who have been gathered together to perform one last good deed on Earth before its metamorphosis is complete.

In Fish Tails, two of Sheri S. Tepper's beloved characters--Abasio and Xulai (A Plague of Angels and The Waters Rising)--and their children travel from village to village scattered across the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. They are searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle. Along their journey they encounter strange visitors from the far off world of Lom, characters from Tepper's nine-book True Game series of novels--Mavin Manyshaped, Jinian Star-eye, and Silkhands the Healer--all of whom have been gathered up by an interfering, time-traveling, rule-breaking do-gooder to do one last good deed on earth before its metamorphosis is complete. For the waters are rising and will soon engulf the entire planet, transforming it utterly and irrevocably.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062304582
Format :
Book

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In her 35th novel, science fiction master Sheri S. Tepper boldly weaves together the storylines of eleven of her previous works--from King's Blood Four (1983) to The Waters Rising (2010).

In Fish Tails, two of Sheri S. Tepper's beloved characters--Abasio and Xulai (A Plague of Angels and The Waters Rising)--and their children travel from village to village scattered across the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. They are searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle.

Along their journey they encounter strange visitors from the far-off world of Lom, characters from Tepper's nine-book True Game series of novels--Mavin Manyshaped, Jinian Star-eye, and Silkhands the Healer--all of whom have been gathered up by an interfering, time-traveling, rule-breaking do-gooder to do one last good deed on earth before its metamorphosis is complete. For the waters are rising and will soon engulf the entire planet, transforming it utterly and irrevocably.


Author Notes

Sheri S. Tepper was born Shirley Stewart Douglas on July 16, 1929 near Littleton, Colorado. She held numerous jobs before becoming a full-time author including working at Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood from 1962 to 1986, eventually becoming the executive director.

In the early 1960s, she wrote poems and children's stories under the name Sheri S. Eberhart. In the 1980s, she became a feminist and science fiction/fantasy writer. Her books include The Revenants, After Long Silence, The Gate to Women's Country, Grass, Shadow's End, Gibbon's Decline and Fall, The Family Tree, Six Moon Dance, Singer from the Sea, The Fresco, The Visitor, The Companions, and The Margarets. She received the Locus Award for Beauty and a World Fantasy life achievement award in 2015. She also wrote horror under the name E. E. Horlak and mysteries under the names A. J. Orde and B. J. Oliphant. She died on October 22, 2016 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Tepper has been writing sf for more than 30 years. The ambitious premise of her latest novel is to draw together 11 of her previous titles into one vastly epic tale of the world's inevitable destruction. Humanity has one more chance to overcome its own ignorance and ensure the rebirth of a new world, if it indeed deserves rebirth at all. The returning characters (who are harbingers of the new earth), Abasio and Xulai, work in concert with Tepper's many other fantastical conceits to make Fish Tails absolutely, inescapably charming, even when it is placed alongside the dark and surreal madness of a doomed world willfully ignoring its fate. Tepper's themes and messages are cutting, but the anger and sorrow embedded in them are delivered by the author's enduringly optimistic humanism. This is mastery of sf storytelling that could only be the result of honing over a lifetime.--Francis, Chris Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The waters are rising, and soon the world will be covered in boundless sea. Abasio and Xulai, previously seen in A Plague of Angels and The Waters Rising, wander the slowly drowning land, seeking out those worthy for transformation and preservation. Few indeed seem to deserve salvation; the human population of Earth remains short-sighted, violent, and greedy. Given this portrayal, Earths intelligent animals should rejoice to see humans exterminated, but the other land species of Earth, innocent of any crimes, will be swept away with the humans, a fact not lost on them. In their quest to salvage the worthy of Earth, Xulai and Abasio discover the lost secrets of Earth, encounter emissaries of far-off worlds, and uncover the unknown sources of the waters below. While longtime Tepper fans may welcome old friends and familiar themes, new readers will balk at the gleeful embrace of troublesome elements; although Tepper is careful to stock her world with reprobates whose destruction seems justified, nevertheless many readers may hesitate to embrace the disturbing advocacy for what amounts to omnicide. Adequately written but profoundly misanthropic, the novel cannot be recommended to any but the most steadfast Tepper fan. Agent: Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Abasio and Xulai (last seen in 2012's Rising Waters) are traveling the rough and wild lands of a scarcely recognizable North America, thousands of years in the future. Traveling with their babies, Gailai and Bailai, they are the first of a new hybrid people engineered to live underwater in order to survive the planet's impending flooding. As the couple try to recruit others to make the change, they encounter allies, enemies, and intergalactic travelers who will help them achieve their goal. Verdict This title is fascinating and frustrating by turns. Tepper (author of many works of ecological and feminist sf) has thought out every detail of her postapocalyptic landscape. Unfortunately, it is all on the page, and the wealth of information can make the narrative slow. Abasio and Xulai are characters even those new to the series will enjoy, but the crossover personae from her cult favorite "True Game" series are a treat for older fans. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/14.]-Megan M. McArdle, San Diego (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.