Playing God

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  • Playing God
  • Sarah Zettel
  • English
  • 04 December 2019
  • 0446607584

About the Author: Sarah Zettel

Playing God Epub ´ Paperback playing mobile, Playing GodPlaying God PDFSarah Zettel is the critically acclaimed author ofthan twenty novels, spanning the full range of genre fiction Her debut novel, Reclamation, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel Her second release, Fool s War, was a New York Times Notable Book, and the American Library Association named Playing God one of the Best Books for Young Adults of Her novel Bitter Angels won the Philip K Dick Award for best science fiction paperback in Her latest novel, Dust Girl, was named as one of the best young adult books of the year by both Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association Zettel lives in Michigan with her husband, her rapidly growing son, and her cat, Buffy the Vermin Slayer.


Playing GodPlaying God Epub ´ Paperback playing mobile, Playing GodPlaying God PDFThe fierce Dedelphi have unleashed a biological weapon that has poisoned the planet Now, Lynn Nussbaumer and her Bioverse company have been hired to clean up the ecosystem But some groups want to use the humans and their advanced technology to exterminate their enemies Lynn becomes trapped in a devastating showdown.

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10 thoughts on “Playing God

  1. Bridgette Redman says:

    Give women the vote, suffragists said, and we ll have a kinder, gentler,peaceful government Women got the vote, and the country went to war with a fury never before seen What if an entire planet were populated by women, with the male of the species being an enfeebled post menopausal evolution of the female, existing only for procreation purposes Would it be a planet free of war Would it bepeaceful Sarah Zettel, in her third novel and hardcover debut, takes a biological approach Give women the vote, suffragists said, and we ll have a kinder, gentler,peaceful government Women got the vote, and the country went to war with a fury never before seen What if an entire planet were populated by women, with the male of the species being an enfeebled post menopausal evolution of the female, existing only for procreation purposes Would it be a planet free of war Would it bepeaceful Sarah Zettel, in her third novel and hardcover debut, takes a biological approach to these questions, sharing her perspective through a tightly woven, fast paced plot filled with alien worlds, creatures, cultures, space travel, and ecological reconstruction.Zettel s books represent the best characteristics of the science fiction genre They contain extrapolated science, memorable characters, action filled story lines, and a deep philosophical probing into social issues that society faces Playing God lives up to these criteria.Extrapolated ScienceIn Playing God, the planet All Cradle has been beset by plagues as the result of fierce biological warfare among tribes of Dedelphi The leaders of the planet managed to form a temporary truce long enough to call in an Earth corporation to help them redevelop their planet Bioverse, an Earth corporation, responds and they develop plans to move the entire population off the planet into ships so that the planet can be regrown Zettel is detailed and consistent in the science she creates to allow space travel, bio reconstruction, and inter stellar communication More interesting in this novel, though, is the exploration into biological issues The Dedelphi are a race of nearly all women Eventually it is discovered that the men in their society are really evolved versions of the women It is what women become when their uteruses drop But don t think that this is an anti male or ultra feminist book It s not Instead, Zettel masterfully explores the ramifications of biology and its effects on a society In this case, sisters become tightly bound, evenso than mothers and daughters Memorable CharactersOne of my favorite aspects of Zettel s books are the characters she creates So expert is her painting that I feel as though I have met Praeis Shin t Theria, and while I am reading the book, her problems become mine She is passionate about everything in her life her sisters, her daughters, her planet, her mission She makes sacrifices for the good of others and is a determined and intelligent protagonist Zettel is also able to make her emotions, fears, and anxiety come to life.Lynn Nussbaumer, the Earth corporation s representative, puts a human face on the otherwise cold face of Bioverse She is diplomatic and must make difficult choices it is she who must decide whether she is going to play God.Arron Hagopian is also a fascinating character An academic conducting research on the planet, he has formed close relationships with the enemies of Praeis tribe, the Getesaph He is the closest the novel has to the traditional swashbuckler of many modern science fiction films He is compassionate, clever, quick to action, and rash in speech and deed.Action Filled Story LineWhile the novel does begin rather slowly, intricately knitting a universe where money and capitalism have made political governments irrelevant, it speeds up once the story reaches All Cradle From there, plot after twisted plot is revealed and the bitter results of the wars between the Dedelphi are demonstrated Once action moves to the planet, the reader discovers that there are forces that would sabotage the move So deeply ingrained is the suspicion among races that each believes it is a plot by the other The intrigue thickens until the reader is left uncertain whether a resolution is even possible That Zettel is able to craft a believable, appropriate solution is a tribute to her skill and plotting.Philosophical ProbingWhile I enjoy bubble gum reading as much as the next person, I also love a book that will keep me thinking long after I ve closed the cover Playing God succeeds at this While one of the main themes of the book dealt with the interference of a technologically superior race with another for the purpose of saving them, I found the secondary theme of biological hatred theinteresting one.The Dedelphi s hatreds are expressed physically They have bio chemical reactions to the warfare that has gone on for generations So great is their need to protect their sisters and their daughters, that no sacrifice becomes too great not even the sacrifice of the planet on which they live Does passionate love make usviolent in its protectiveness The evolution of woman to man and the loss of memories and coherency is also an interesting one The different Dedelphi races treat their men differently Some keep them hidden out of view and others allow them to wander the streets All of them treat the men with a certain degree of protective respect.If You Like Playing God If you like this novel, be sure to pick up her earlier two novels Her first, Reclamation, won a Locus Award for best first novel, and her second my personal favorite so far , Fool s War, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 1997

  2. Cindy says:

    It s the future, and an alien planet needs our help The Dedelphi are a maternal sister based family race who live on a planet of islands and archipelagos It s in their very nature to war with other family groups, and as a result they have devastated their planet Bioverse, Inc has signed a deal to help the Dedelphi completely clean and renew their planet Unfortunately Dedelphi are deathly allergic to humans, so while their planet is being restored, the aliens have to be relocated to giant sh It s the future, and an alien planet needs our help The Dedelphi are a maternal sister based family race who live on a planet of islands and archipelagos It s in their very nature to war with other family groups, and as a result they have devastated their planet Bioverse, Inc has signed a deal to help the Dedelphi completely clean and renew their planet Unfortunately Dedelphi are deathly allergic to humans, so while their planet is being restored, the aliens have to be relocated to giant ships and separated by family But will the tenuous peace and agreements for relocation work I read this book as part of my gender bending sci fi monthly theme I read it after The Left Hand of Darkness, which probably isn t fair It s a bit like trying to perform in a talent show, only you re following Lady Gaga or something Wait, did I just compare Ursula LeGuin to Lady Gaga The thing is that the gender issues aren t really central to the book They are a curious characteristic to the aliens Zettel has imagined, but their unique sexual characteristics and the sociological implications aren t really explored That s fine by me, but then you need to at least make the book a rip roaring tale I just wasn t that into it.This is a very long story with tons of named characters I think it s trying to be an epic tale, but it doesn t quite succeed Sadly, I kept falling asleep while reading, only waking when the light on my eReader would turn off Not really a good sign, is it That said, the writing is fine better than most sci fi As a matter of fact, it kind of reminded me of Asimov Nothing to write home about, but not cringe inducing either.The best part of the story is the aliens It s a non technical matriarchial society who need constant companionship from their sisters Zettel describes their physicality really well, which makes them the vivid image I ll probably always remember They come in shades from blue to gray to pink and have giant emotive ears Unfortunately their actions are pretty human humans with big families My Big Fat Alien Relocation.At any rate, check out the cover It s one of those awesome cheese tastic sci fi covers, but really illustrates the story

  3. Amanda Howling says:

    This was one of the best sci fi books I have read in years, it was so compelling I read it while I walked, while I commuted, while I stood in line, whilst on thenevermind, just know I devoured it The ultimate question is, Which way will the balance tip toward evolutionary predisposition, cultural conditioning, or individual choice Zettel The writer does a masterful job of showing how such forces often clash and leave every side feeling attacked by the other, affording them all a sanct This was one of the best sci fi books I have read in years, it was so compelling I read it while I walked, while I commuted, while I stood in line, whilst on thenevermind, just know I devoured it The ultimate question is, Which way will the balance tip toward evolutionary predisposition, cultural conditioning, or individual choice Zettel The writer does a masterful job of showing how such forces often clash and leave every side feeling attacked by the other, affording them all a sanctimonious stand point from which to retaliate I often stopped to consider how these forces applied to my own species and to myself speculation which all good sci fi should inspire Zettel s writing was exemplary, it was fast paced, the characters had just enough depth without it being a character driven story, her science was very respectable and in short.wait for it because this is a very rare statement from me there was nothing about this book that annoyed me and lots of things I loved I am absolutely going to be readingZettel

  4. Kathi says:

    8 10A fascinating and unique alien species, complex issues of personal conviction, violence, and corporate greed, and timeless themes of loyalty, betrayal, and the meaning of family all add up to a really good science fiction book High marks for plot depth and interesting characters, yet I kept wishing I understood some of the charactersfully Zettel s books will continue to be must read for me consistently good quality, thought provoking storytelling.

  5. Richard says:

    My favorite part of this book is in the author s notes at the end where she explains how she came up with the ideas for the alien civilization and culture Those ideas are very interesting and explain a lot about how the people in the book behave The book itself is interesting but is readslike a war and espionage story than one of science fiction.I have very mixed feelings about this book There are entertaining bits of very interesting sociological, historical, cultural, and psychologica My favorite part of this book is in the author s notes at the end where she explains how she came up with the ideas for the alien civilization and culture Those ideas are very interesting and explain a lot about how the people in the book behave The book itself is interesting but is readslike a war and espionage story than one of science fiction.I have very mixed feelings about this book There are entertaining bits of very interesting sociological, historical, cultural, and psychological ideas that connect well with our species and make you think of the cultural and racial divisions that have lead to so much unhappiness and strife There is drama and excitement that make the story interesting Despite this, overall it wasn t a book I am excited to have read I have already purchased some other books by Sarah Zettel and am hoping to enjoy them

  6. Chak says:

    Honestly, I just picked up this book because it was on the sharing shelf at my gym, and it had a crazy cover, so I read it on a lark, thinking it would be a goofball adventure I was very surprised that it was a seriously written, well thought out, thought provoking book I won t rehash the plot, but I particularly enjoyed the fresh takes on themes such as the exploitation inherent in save the savages, even if theadvanced help was requested physiology and social grouping driving the Honestly, I just picked up this book because it was on the sharing shelf at my gym, and it had a crazy cover, so I read it on a lark, thinking it would be a goofball adventure I was very surprised that it was a seriously written, well thought out, thought provoking book I won t rehash the plot, but I particularly enjoyed the fresh takes on themes such as the exploitation inherent in save the savages, even if theadvanced help was requested physiology and social grouping driving the evolution of violence, and not in a way that I would have expected the author s end notes were great dealing with the decline of an aging parent

  7. Daniel Lee says:

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly it described a people and a place so different, and so fascinating, and yet so approachable that I was immediately pulled in It s hard to describe without telling too much give it a try and I m willing to warrant you ll love it too The Dedelphi are a fascinating people and that kind I d love to spendtime with as are all the human characters What a ride

  8. Nicholas says:

    Good pulp SF with some moral ideas about the nature of violence Well written, well developed characters and development of motivation nobody is evil She shows how each character believes What they are doing is what is right Plot A biotech company comes to save a planet from disease and their own ecological destruction due to warfare.

  9. Micah Horton hallett says:

    Great universe building fantastic aliens, a timely mirror for corporate colonialism, solid characters including a strong female lead and well paced quality adventure sci fi Calling it a win.

  10. Stefanie says:

    Very cool book The characters left an impression on me and I had so many feels by the end and I want to draw all of them