Dark Water's Embrace
Copyright 1998 by
I first read this in January 2001.
The colony ship Ibn Battula had successfully reached the world of Miccail
but a disastrous accident destroyed most of the ship. Only a handful of
people survived on the surface to continue the colony. By enforced
breeding of the women, the colony seized its small chance to survive and
Years later accidental deaths due to the harsh alien environment and an
increasing number of birth defects and deformities threatens the
colony's existence. Some of these deformities are mutations of the
sexual organs. and for a colony whose only hope of continued existence
is in increasing the birth-rate, those afflicted are repugnant and
Anais suffers from this strange deformity leaving her sexuality in doubt
This is a horribly believable tale of intolerance and man's inhumanity to man.
Three intertwined stories tell of the indigenous aliens prior to their
extinction, the solitary life of Gabriella, one of the original colonists
following the death of the women she loved, and of Anais who years later
attempts to gain some understanding of both the original aliens and the
changes happening to herself and her people.
So what did I think of it? Rather good, actually. I'm not a fan of
novels weaving separate tales that relate but don't actually connect,
but this still made it as, in my opinion, a worthwhile book.
What's it got? aliens, sex and sexual prejudice.
Loaded on the 8th July 2001.