The Lovers

The Lovers

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552119113
  • 9780552119115

Review Text

Before the publication of this story in shorter form in 1952, only the genteelest of biological premises ever showed their faces in science-fiction magazines, but The Lovers (first in book form in 1961) may now seem like pretty tame stuff. Hal Yarrow, product of a sexually repressive theocracy, leaps at the chance to accompany a mission to the newly discovered alien civilization of Ozagen. Here he meets the beautiful Jeanette, apparently the offspring of an earlier Terran explorer and a native humanoid. Their clandestine affair, carried out against the background of a secret Terran plot to wipe out the indigenous population of Ozagen, culminates in disaster brought about by Hal's ignorance of Jeanette's true biological ancestry. Farmer's busy circumstantiations of the puritanical Terran culture and the Ozagen reproductive cycle, even though apparently revised for this new edition, do not wear very well, but it's good nonetheless to have this ground-breaking book in print. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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