Semiosis

Semiosis

In this character driven novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke, human survival hinges on an bizarre alliance. Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that mammals are more than tools. Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provi In this character driven novel of first contact by debut author Sue Burke, human survival hinges on an bizarre al...

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Title:Semiosis
Author:Sue Burke
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:076539135X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Semiosis Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Mar 05, 2018
    Fifty years in the future, a group of humans leaving an Earth troubled by global warming, for a new planet. We begin with the the first group arriving on the world they call Pax 150 years after they took off. Pax is the name picked ahead of time to cement their intention to live in ...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 25, 2018
    So, imagine eating a bagel. When you're eating, you think, "Now that there is amylose and amylopectin starch entering my system, I should increase transcription of amylase-producing genes so that I can break down these starches into glucose and initiate cellular respiration to turn glu...
  • Michael Scott
    Feb 25, 2018
    Sketch of a review: + There have been numerous sci-fi writings about the value of a communion human-biosphere. This being sci-fi, the communion does not need to take place on Earth, and does not need to be harmonious or even successful (e.g., as in the horror-grade story of Solaris, b...
  • Francesca Forrest
    May 01, 2018
    This was quite a book--very imaginative, very thoughtful. It's a tribute to it that I kept reading despite some plot happenings that were pretty off-putting--I remained curious and engaged with the situation and the world, and I wanted to know how things were going to turn out. I reall...
  • Ran
    Mar 10, 2018
    This book details a multigenerational saga on an alien planet which an idealistic human group escapes the conflicts and struggles of Earth?s society to build their own utopia: Pax. The hostile environment of the adopted planet and the succeeding human generation interpret both the in...
  • Tammy
    Mar 05, 2018
    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A weird and wonderful story of colonization, survival and communication. We?d learned a lot, including o...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    May 22, 2018
    Chek-ooo! Kak! 'Semiosis' is an astounding science fiction read. There are so many ideas written into the plot book clubs could extend discussions of the book to two nights! Yet YA readers will have lots of action and suspense to enjoy. Only those readers who dislike generation saga...
  • Cheryl
    Jan 31, 2018
    Read as an e-book after my library acted on my suggestion to buy this. I have to admit, I am still inexperienced with e-books and I'm afraid that I don't process them quite the same way I would if I were reading the paper edition. So, I don't know for sure if I'm evaluating the diff...
  • Nadine
    Jul 06, 2018
    Semiosis is a truly unique first contact story. From the plot to the format it?s written in, it will keep you on your toes while making you second-guess every thought you have. Semiosis is large in scope, as each chapter features new characters from the different colonist generat...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Feb 08, 2018
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/15/... Semiosis is a multi-generational story that takes place over the course of many years, following a group of human colonists who have traveled light years from Earth to settle on a planet they dubbed Pax. The ...
  • Judy Lesley
    Jan 24, 2018
    Many thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for allowing me to read a digital galley of this wonderful debut novel. What a pleasure this science fiction book was to read. Author Sue Burke's construction and writing style actually made me slow down and enjoy this story she craft...
  • Debbie
    Mar 04, 2018
    I have never read a story like this one - and for most of the way through it I was so intrigued by the relationship between the colonists and Stevland, the sentient plant that helps/controls the colonists (and other plant life on the planet.) As Stevland becomes stronger and more po...
  • Kate
    Feb 10, 2018
    Semiosis follows the first hundred years or so of human settlement on the planet Pax, moving between the generations of colonists. My favourite sections were the descriptions of the planet's animal and plants, both of which have certain characteristics that are reminiscent of animals a...
  • Peter Tillman
    Mar 26, 2018
    An impressively thoughtful and original science-fiction novel. As always, please read the header blurb first. 4.5 stars, rounded up. Bravo! 50 colonists flee a future Earth, wracked by warfare and ecologic collapse. They hope to make a fresh start on a new planet far, far away. Afte...
  • Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
    Feb 12, 2018
    There were parts of this I like and parts I didn't like. I really like the plant intelligence. I liked the character arch of the rainbow bamboo. I enjoyed the world building and was surprised by the ending. I thought it would go down the predictable path, and it didn't. I am inheren...
  • Lindsay
    May 14, 2017
    Space colonization, first contact and non-human intelligence feature in this wonderful generational story with lots of crunchy science fictional sociology and biology. The planet of Pax has had a billion years more evolution than Earth ecosystems. Intelligence abounds, sometimes in ...
  • Arkadeb
    Apr 20, 2018
    More like 4.5 stars. Surprisingly good. ...
  • Veronique
    Mar 30, 2018
    I usually find books that have ?generational? narrators, the story jumping several years/decades ahead, a tad difficult to connect. Semiosis was different in the sense that it caught my interest early and didn?t relent. We follow a group of human colonists trying to start anew on...
  • Danielle Tremblay
    Jan 26, 2018
    I won?t summarize the story. Many reviewers did it very well. Let?s just say that?s a first novel for Ms. Burke and that?s an awesome debut. Year 1 ? Generation 1 Grateful for this opportunity to create a new society in full harmony with nature, we enter into this covena...
  • Justine
    May 14, 2017
    A solid 4 star read for me. This is a first contact, multi-generational planetary settlement story that focuses on the characters and group sociology. I personally love this kind of book, so it was a winner for me right from the start. Such an interesting take this was too, with th...
  • Robyn
    Mar 11, 2018
    Excellent SF with a focus on biology, in this case the relationship between human colonists on a planet they?ve named Pax, and an intelligent plant. Reminded me - in the best possible way - of Children of Time in the way it invited us into the interior life of Stevland, as the plant ...
  • astaliegurec
    Mar 13, 2018
    Sue Burke's "Semiosis: A Novel" is shallowly written, flat, and poorly characterized. I waded through 21% of it before it added in truly nonsensical and distasteful events. At that point, I threw it down in disgust. Horrible 1 star out of 5. ...
  • Gary
    Mar 07, 2018
    Sue Burke?s debut novel Semiosis is an episodic novel that combines contemporary social science fiction with pulp-era adventure. A combination of Colony SF and first contact narrative, it tells the story of successive generations of human settlers ? fleeing an earth ravaged by dise...
  • Alina
    Feb 04, 2018
    ***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review. Wanting to leave behind numerous conflicts, warfare and ecological disasters, a group of colonists departs Earth, to create a new, better life. They decide to land on another pl...
  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    Mar 11, 2018
    I read this as a buddy read with Jess from Storytime in the Stacks. Semiosis was an odd book that evoked many different emotions. I started out loving the book because of the sheer imagination displayed, but was pretty sure at some points that I was going to end up hating it. Howeve...
  • Roy
    May 29, 2018
    Read 112 pages before deciding to move on. The writing is solid, the story is quite original. Colonists have left earth to set up a Utopia on a planet called Pax. The plants begin to rebel and cause problems, and so does the new society. The science about plants was interesting enough,...
  • daisy
    Jun 05, 2018
    I had high hopes for this and while there were aspects I quite enjoyed, overall I found it a tad underwhelming. RTC later! I need to think about it more tbh. ...
  • Samantha (AK)
    Jul 26, 2018
    Semiosis (n) - any form of activity, conduct, or process that involves signs, including the production of meaning? I want to be clear from the outset; I didn?t dislike this book. However, I was extremely let-down by its unfulfilled potential. Faced with war and environmental ...
  • The Captain
    Feb 06, 2018
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . Well mateys. I learned a new word from this novel. Semiosis. Cool sounding word. Wasn?t sure of it?s exact meaning. So I be sharing with me heart...
  • Stevie Kincade
    Jun 21, 2018
    I was attracted to this book by Gary's review and the premise of a first contact story combined with a generational colony story, two of my absolute favourite SF setups. In the first chapter the colonists encounter two competing sentient plant based life forms and with all the trepid...