STARMOTHER by Sydney Van Scyoc


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This nicely plotted space yarn sends a young, pretty trainee in some future Peace Corps to an unpropitious planet where the human colonists have split up into a grim anti-mutant Puritan society and the bizarre evolutionary byways of the increasingly numerous mutants. The book's central genetic premise is ingenious and suspensefully introduced; Van Scyoc fleshes out the details of her fictitious world with satisfying inventiveness. The writing ranges from incisiveness to banality; the flaccidity of the heroine is a major structural flaw. On balance, however, an attractive achievement.

Pub Date: Dec. 26th, 1975
Publisher: Putnam