Friday, December 29, 2006

Five-Twelfths of Heaven - Melissa Scott

Silence Leigh is a female starship pilot. There are not too many of these around. The different thing about these books is that pilots fly ships not via any particular sort of technology, but more an ability to interact with reality, a little like the Amberites, to change the dimensions around them so that they get to where they want to go.

Silence here is basically taken prisoner by two men, and forced to use her abilities to serve them, as a way out of her economic problems.

The Hegemony treats women poorly, and she is cheated out of a rightful inheritance, but a marriage of convenience with these men enables them to continue on their way. She finds out they are in an underground movement devoted to working about the Hegemony.

Thus begins a larger conflict.

3.5 out of 5

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