Candas Jane Dorsey's first novel, the fantasy Black Wine, won three significant awards and got enthusiastic reviews across the United States and Canada. Now Dorsey returns with a literary SF parable about a woman named Morgan and her offbeat household. In the near future, when political and social conservatism dominate society, Morgan inherits a big, century-old mansion in a prairie city and moves there to rebuild her life. She fills the house with sexual misfits and political outcasts, in a sense, orphans like herself. But the final tenant is one she never could have imagined: an alien child.
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Spectrum Awards - Finalist
Morgan among the gargoyles
Every day Morgan moved among the living gargoyles.
Asam was seven. He had come for a new face. The surgeon would break his skull in half a hundred ways, would put him back in a shape his mother,...
Praise for A Paradigm of Earth
“As brilliant as William Gibson, as complex as Gene Wolfe, with a humanity and passion all her own, Candas Jane Dorsey isn't just a comer, she's a winner.” —Ursula K. Le Guin
“This tale of growth and discovery by the author of Black Wine pays tribute to such SF classics as Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land and the philosophical novels of Theodore Sturgeon.” —Library Journal
“Of the aliens outside Earth's atmosphere, all any of us can do is guess. Of the aliens among us, we can do far more than we have to understand and accept. Authors have made an attempt at bridging that gap; few have done it as perceptively and deftly as Candas Jane Dorsey has in this ground-breaking novel. . . . Readers will get the best portrayal of bisexuals ever to come to print. Certainly, it is a landmark in the literary treatment of this group. . . . A fresh look at the nature of what may be out there and those that are already among us? It's a huge task to ask of a novel or a novelist, but A Paradigm of Earth pulls it off in a dazzling, entrancing fashion. And, somehow, Dorsey gives off the impression that it is all so easy. Isn't that a definition of genius?” —SFSite.com