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

  • Jeff Raymond
    Apr 06, 2018
    Closer to a 2.5. I love a good first contact-ish type book, and this is somewhat adjacent in that way given the plot, which involves a shipwrecked crew forging a communicative bond with the wildlife on a foreign planet. The problem with the book? It feels like it has little in the w...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
    Mar 08, 2018
    Sue Burke?s remarkable debut novel pulls off a rare double feat: it manages to inject new life into a concept often explored in science fiction, and to create one of the most compelling alien viewpoints I?ve encountered in the genre. First, the conceit: human explorers, after en...
  • 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...
  • Mike
    Feb 09, 2018
    3.75 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon arriving on Pax, a faraway Earth-like planet, human colonists seek to build a peaceful society despite territorial native plants and harsh conditions. T...
  • Pearl
    Mar 14, 2018
    4.5 stars. Quite possibly one of the best books i have read thus far this year! If you liked Children of Time or Planetfall , i reckon you'll like this book too because it had a similar feel to it. I liked those books quite a bit so this was right up my alley. With a multi-ge...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Avivs
    Mar 24, 2018
    Highly original. Great world building and characters development. Loved it. ...
  • 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...
  • Donna
    Mar 24, 2018
    Nave colonists from Earth assume a new planet's flora and fauna will use the same rule sets. Pre-warning that this is a multigenerational novel that spans six generations and 100 years. This means that no one character is the long-term focus and that the narratives feel like a gro...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Xavi
    Jan 28, 2018
    8'5/10 Diversa, original y sorprendente. https://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/20... ...
  • James
    Apr 08, 2018
    3.5 Stars This is a relatively unique book. I have only come across one other sentient plant book. For that novelty I can recommend this (also The Day of the Triffids). However, I found it boring at times and I didn?t think the end was strong. I also didn?t particularly like any o...
  • 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 ...
  • Em
    Nov 23, 2017
    A fantastic, high-concept novel that addresses the question ?what if a first-contact story, but with plants?? A diverse group of settlers from earth arrive at a distant planet and begin the work of survival with the goal of integrating themselves into the existing ecosystem as much...
  • 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
    3.5? rounded up for the idea and the questions that it aroused in me. ...
  • Lilyn G. (Scifi and 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...
  • 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...