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This reissue of a modern classic of science fiction, the Hugo and Locus Award-winning and Nebula-nominated The Snow Queen , marks the first time the book has been reprinted in fifteen years. The imperious Winter colonists have ruled the planet Tiamat for years, deriving wealth from the slaughter of the sea mers. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat.

But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat, and the year reign of the Summer primitives will begin. Their only chance at surviving the change is if Arienrhod, the ageless, corrupt Snow Queen, can destroy destiny with an act of genocide. Arienrhod is not without competition as Moon, a young Summer-tribe sibyl, and the nemesis of the Snow Queen, battles to break a conspiracy that spans space.

Interstellar politics, a millennia-long secret conspiracy, and a civilization whose hidden machineries might still control the fate of worlds all form the background to this spectacular hard science fiction novel from Joan D.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. But soon the galactic stargate will close, isolating Tiamat This reissue of a modern classic of science fiction, the Hugo and Locus Award-winning and Nebula-nominated The Snow Queen , marks the first time the book has been reprinted in fifteen years.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. The Snow Queen Cycle 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Snow Queen , please sign up. What was the point of Elsiver, Cress and Silky?

With regards to the first, Elsevier p …more I saw them as performing two functions, one linking the story to the fairy tale, and the other plot advancement. With regards to the first, Elsevier plays the part of the "old Woman" in the fairy tale who rescued and wanted to keep Gerda Moon in Vinge's story. As for plot advancement, it's Moon's interaction with Elsevier, Cress, and Silky that put her in the place to learn the truth about sibyls and better understand the various forms of discrimination she experiences sexism, class discrimination, and ethnocentrism.

The three's efforts at smuggling did feel unfinished, however. There are hints that Ngenet, with their help, had planned something to keep Hegemony technology from being destroyed after the Change. I was expecting that to be revealed at the end of the book and was surprised when Vinge was not more forthcoming. I've not read the sequel, but I anticipate learning more about the consequences of their efforts in The Summer Queen.

See 1 question about The Snow Queen…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 31, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: award-winner-hugo , award-nominee-nebula , , science-fiction , easton-press , alien-cultures , award-nominee-hugo , multiple-award-nominee , multiple-award-winners , galactic-civilizations. I found much to like here.

Vinge has quality prose skills and does a excellent job with both world-building and layering in a well thought out political structure. She has also peopled her narrative with strong, determined, intelligent central characters, all of whom are women.

A nice change from the mostly male dominated SF of the period. Finally, she has deftly wrapped all of the above inside a complex, engaging plot that I found very entertaining. Yeah, this is science fiction done right and this story definitely deserves a wider readership. The Hegemony is glued together by its ability to connect to member planets via leftover empire technology. One of member planets and the star of our tale is Tiamet.

However, because of a unique solar phenomenon, Tiamat is only accessible by the other Hegemonic worlds for out of every years. The rest of the time, Tiamat is completely isolated.

The population of the planet is radically divided into two groups that have a serious nasty on for one another. Group 1 is comprised of the Winters who rule during the years of Hegemony access to Tiamat. The Winters are gadget-loving, hedonistic technophiles who welcome the hegemonic traders and all the advanced baubles they bring to make their lives comfy. Group 2 is comprised of the Summers who rule during the years of isolation from the Hegemony. The Summers are environment-worshipping luddites tied to folk-traditions who despise both the Hegemony and the Winters for the devastation they cause to the environment, specifically the hunting to near extinction of the peaceful, marine-faring Mers think adorable, highly intelligent sea otters larger than killer whales.

To tell this tale, Vinge gives us 3 very strong central characters all of whom play a key role in the outcome of the story. First we have Arienhod, the titular Snow Queen.

Now the time of the Change is approaching when a Summer Queen will be named and Arienhod will be become a sacrificial offering to usher in the new regime. Second, we have our hero, Moon Dawntreader Summer. The fall out from this relationship plays a pivotal role in the rest of the story as Sparks eventually comes to the attention of Arienhod.

The final main player in our space drama is Jerusha PalaThion, my favorite character of the novel. Jerusha is a police inspector stationed on Tiamat and responsible for protecting the interest of the Hegemony by preventing unauthorized technology from being created. Jerusha acts as both obstacle to and facilitator of various plot components and ends up playing a crucial role in the final resolution of the story.

My only gripe is that the pacing was a bit uneven at times and there were some dry parts that I thought could have been spiced up a bit.

However, the story as a whole was very good and I would certainly recommend it for those that enjoy less action-based and more plot-focused science fiction. View all 11 comments. Mar 06, mark monday rated it it was ok Shelves: scifisss. I've already spent too much time this month on this book! I'm just going to copy and paste the comments I made in the group that inspired this read: my feelings about this book really turned around somewhere in the middle. I appreciated the focus on women and the exploration of issues that women have to deal with.

I don't know how successful that exploration is. View all 13 comments. Sep 13, Apatt rated it it was amazing. I always found the Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen oddly disturbing, that business with mirror splinters in the eye creeped me out as a kid. This Hugo award winning book by Joan D. Vinge Mrs. Vernor Vinge no less , takes the original tale and turns it up to I find that female science fiction authors are frequently better at character development and are better prose stylists than their male counterparts, cases in point off the top of my head would be Ursula K.

Le Guin, I always found the Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen oddly disturbing, that business with mirror splinters in the eye creeped me out as a kid. Vinge here very much deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with them but isn't. Certainly with this book she has created some emotionally complex and believable characters who she puts through the wringer and they come out better people for it unlike in real life when I tend to shake my fist at the sky, post-wringer sessions.

The hardest villains to write are the ones who are morally complex and commit heinous acts on the basis of some warped principles, like altruism gone wrong. The super wicked titular Machiavellian character never hesitate to corrupt, murder and destroy for in the name of planetary progress.

She thinks nothing of killing half the populace yet she misses her younger days when she was just a happy care-free girl and instinctively fall for a boy who reminds her of her younger self.

She now ranks among my all time favorite villains. Romance is a major aspect of the story but not the adolescent starry-eyed type that will leave twitards weak at the knees. Here it is portrayed as a vastly complicated human condition that create, destroy, corrupt and redeem with equal facility.

My only complaint is that the male characters are not as well developed as the ladies, especially the two "starbucks" characters who are despicable and deserve their eventual decaffeination sorry. The one exception is a sympathetic policeman who goes on to have his own spin-off adventures in later books. It is a terrible shame that The Snow Queen is out of print as I write while Stephenie Meyer's literary manures are in plentiful supply. The most recent book by Joan D. Vinge appears to be a Cowboys and Aliens novelization.

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The Snow Queen

Do you enjoy space opera, fantastic technologies, millennia-old mysteries, and terrifically wicked villains who want their offspring to embrace their dark side? Do you like women too? You know, I have been trying to write this post for about three weeks now, and failing miserably. Ellison recalls an editor saying to him: "There isn't, really, something interesting to say about every story ever written — including, often, the very best ones. Cripes, is that true. You know that old saw about how writing about music is like dancing about architecture? Well, sometimes writing about writing feels like dancing about architecture.


Joan D. Vinge – The Snow Queen

This book took me way longer to read than expected. And it was enjoyable to some degree but it just never really grabbed me. Which is probably why it took me two months to finish the thing…. First line: Here on Tiamat, where there is more water than land, the sharp edge between ocean and sky is blurred; the two merge into one.


The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

Post a Comment. Possessing all the elements that make tales fairy—innocence, love, severance, magic, and the blackest of evil, his story was ripe for a modern revisioning a la Roger Zelazny , Donna Jo Napoli, Jeff Vandermeer , Neil Gaiman , and a host of other writers who have used the seeds of the past to grow stories of their own. Not letting the opportunity slip away, Joan D. Vinge wrote The Snow Queen in The basic plot structure of The Snow Queen remains true to the original: a pair in love are separated and must escape the wiles of the Snow Queen to find their way back together again. A water planet, two groups called the Summers and Winters inhabit what little land exists and every years exchange power.


The Snow Queen Cycle Series

Based on the fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen , The Snow Queen takes place on a mostly oceanic planet called Tiamat. Tiamat's suns orbit a black hole , which facilitates interstellar wormhole travel and connects Tiamat to the rest of the civilized galaxy the "Hegemony", the remnants of a fallen Galactic Empire. The Galactic Empire, which once ruled large portions of the galaxy, fell into decay millennia ago. Its remnants coalesced into a group of seven planets known as the Hegemony. Though the Hegemony has large-scale interstellar travel and high technology, it has not yet returned to the Empire's level of technological prowess.

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