Saturday, March 10, 2012
Shipbirth, by Aliette de Bodard
I have read just a few of de Bodard's stories, but would have to say that for me they are a hard march. They might be worth it in longer form, but am just not sure, and Shipbirth doesn't answer the question for me. The relationship between the characters, Ships, and Minds (which run ships) is hard to fathom. de Bodard works at conveying the story through protagonist Acoimi's complicated history--as a woman, as a man, as a solider, as a physician. Notice how the work metaphors keep coming up here. Reading this story is work. In the end, I think I was glad to have done it, but am still deciding. Her work is probably very rewarding to those who come to appreciate it, which is why the Nebula nomination. We'll see if I get there.