Julie E. Czerneda‘s first book of the trilogy Species Imperative is called Survival. This is the first full length novel I’ve read by Czerneda who impressed me with her sense of humour, presence and down to earth personality when I saw her in Montreal at Worldcon.
This book appeals to the biologist and xenologist in me. I love good writing about encounters with new intelligent species and Julie E. does it very well. Czerneda is, after all, someone who comes from a Biologist background and her main character Mac (a female Salmon researcher who is struggling to keep a research station station going) is very authentic. From terrible first impressions to genuine friendship, Mac and Brymn (a Dhryn archaeologist) follow a path to mutual understanding that is compelling and original. The sinister portent pages that are present at various points in the book underline the ‘survival’ issue that both Mac and Brymn are trying to get to the bottom of. I look forward to reading the other two books with excitement.
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