The Shore of Women

The Shore of Women A futuristic novel set in a world run completely by women where loving a manis unthinkable from acclaimed science fiction novelist Pamela Sargent print

  • Title: The Shore of Women
  • Author: Pamela Sargent
  • ISBN: 9780517558348
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Pamela Sargent

      Pamela Sargent has won the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history In 2012, she was honored with the Pilgrim Award by the Science Fiction Research Association for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship She is the author of the novels Cloned Lives, The Sudden Star, Watchstar, The Golden Space, The Alien Upstairs, Eye of the Comet, Homesmind, Alien Child, The Shore of Women, Venus of Dreams, Venus of Shadows, Child of Venus, Climb the Wind, and Ruler of the Sky Her most recent short story collection is Thumbprints, published by Golden Gryphon Press, with an introduction by James Morrow The Washington Post Book World has called her one of the genre s best writers In the 1970s, she edited the Women of Wonder series, the first collections of science fiction by women her other anthologies include Bio Futures and, with British writer Ian Watson as co editor, Afterlives Two anthologies, Women of Wonder, The Classic Years Science Fiction by Women from the 1940s to the 1970s and Women of Wonder, The Contemporary Years Science Fiction by Women from the 1970s to the 1990s, were published by Harcourt Brace in 1995 Publishers Weekly called these two books essential reading for any serious sf fan Her most recent anthology is Conqueror Fantastic, out from DAW Books in 2004 Tor Books reissued her 1983 young adult novel Earthseed, selected as a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and a sequel, Farseed, in early 2007 A third volume, Seed Seeker, was published in November of 2010 by Tor Earthseed has been optioned by Paramount Pictures, with Melissa Rosenberg, scriptwriter for all of the Twilight films, writing the script and producing through her Tall Girls Productions.A collection, Puss in D.C and Other Stories, is out her novel Season of the Cats is out in hardcover and will be available in paperback from Wildside Press The Shore of Women has been optioned for development as a TV series by Super Deluxe Films, part of Turner Broadcasting Pamela Sargent lives in Albany, New York.

    976 thoughts on “The Shore of Women”

    1. I really enjoyed this book's exploration of daring feminist themes like "Wouldn't it be awful if the world was controlled by domineering man-hating lesbian separatists who forced all the men to live in primitive squalor? I bet they'd ostracize any woman who even wondered if men should be treated like more than sperm factories." and "Know what's way more natural and fulfilling than same-sex relationships? Heterosexual monogamy! Your lesbian commune will think it's gross, but follow your heart!"Tr [...]

    2. A man writes a dystopian piece of literature where the government is consisted of men and women are oppressed - it's just a work of fiction. A woman writes a dystopian piece of literature where the totalitarian government is consisted of women and oppresses men - it is immediately labeled feminist.

    3. Warning: This review is full of expletives.This book was terrible. It wasn't just the story, or the huge boring info dumps. The ebook was full of odd discrepancies. Like, the main male character was Arvil in the text and Avril in the headings. Lol. Capital C's were rendered as G's. That type of thing.The first section focused on a female character inside the city who doesn't know what to do with her life. She's bad at math (FUCK YOU, "feminist" author) and besides, science and stuff hadn't progr [...]

    4. This book is often given a spot on lists of classic feminist sci-fi. The post-apocolyptic setting tells a story of women living in high-tech enclaves/cities while men are banished to the wilderness to live in hunter/gatherer bands. The men are encouraged to worship the female Goddess and are "called" to the enclaves to provide sperm. Boy children are sent out to live with the men while daughters remain in the enclaves.The book had two major problems for me: 1) The overarching hetero-normative to [...]

    5. I have now read at least three books that are about a world without men. Or rather, if not a world without men, a world where women are the safekeepers of civilization, and men are exiled to short brutish lives in the wilderness. There's a distinct women/urban centers/civilization vs. men/wilderness/savagery vibe to most of them. (The third, to be precise, is about a world where a plague killed off all the men. Oh, and of course, there's Y: The Last Man as well. So, four.) With the exception of [...]

    6. This dystopian story deals with the reversal of roles between men and women, and who holds the power. The investigation of what might be different if women were in charge was a fascinating premise, heightened by the meticulous physical descriptions of people, places and survival tactics on both sides of the wall.I was very impressed with Pamela Sargent's storytelling in this book. Her use of an involved character to tell the story was especially interesting to me. I was unaware who, exactly, the [...]

    7. What a great book. The story is set in the way distant future - in a time after the world was anihilated by war. Men and women live separately - the women in vast enclosed enclaves, controlling technology, biology, etc while men live outside in the wilderness like savages. The men believe women are Goddesses that must be worshipped. This is instilled in men through brainwashing and to keep them powerless. Two women are punished and are cast out into the wilderness for a crime they committed. It [...]

    8. People in this world normally have only homosexual relationships, but the two main characters discover heterosexual love. Descriptions of their love-making are explicit and I enjoyed them but they didn't turn me on. Their struggle with the sex while finding their caring for each other was sweet as well as emotionally painful. No descriptions of single-sex love, except for passing references. One passing reference however did turn me on, when the male protagonist muses on the "sharper" joys of l [...]

    9. Magical storytelling I am retired now and catching up on my classic science fiction reading. I wish I had read this 20 years ago. Told from multiple perspectives, paced beautifully and with a little plot twist at the end, The Shore of Women is at its core a love story. But there is no fairy tale ending, no Cinderella, no Snow White, in this tale. It is the story of a man and a woman trying to survive in a brutal world not of their making. This is another book that anyone who likes great science [...]

    10. I'm torn. I enjoyed this book and felt like there were a lot of good parts and aspects that made it an enjoyable dystopian/alternate future novel. At the same time, it bothered me that this was called a feminist sci-fi book. Just because women are in charge does not make it a feminist book, and there wasn't enough sci-fi gadgets/space exploring to really make me feel like this should be in the sci-fi genre. We have scanners and gene maps now, ok so their ships were floating and round, but still [...]

    11. I might have loved this if I'd read it in its historical context, but as a feminist and sci fi fan in 2016, it was a hard slog. There are characters, and they do develop, but it reads much more as a vehicle for expressing a set of (outdated) ideas about men and women than it does as a book about people. Contrast it with Nicola Griffith's excellent "Ammonite" to see how you might explore a single-gender society and also write a beautiful story about people, rather than a stiff narrative about ide [...]

    12. It feels very weird to give this book 4 stars. Because there was so much that I did *not* like about it, so much that was flawed, and yet I found the story really interesting nonetheless and I expect I'll keep thinking about it long after having finished it.*light spoilers ahead*To start off with what's not likeable: oh sweet gasping goodness, the gender essentialism. The world, where females live apart from men in technologically advanced enclaves and men live on the outside in caveman-like ban [...]

    13. This novel left me very contemplative for some time after reading the final words. In a bold undertaking as a storyteller, Ms. Sargent tells of a distant future where war-weary women have exiled men to live as savages outside the walls of women-only futuristic cities, taking reproductive material only as needed to keep the species alive. The story follows an exiled woman, Birana, who forms what is considered an impossible and disgusting bond with a man named Arvil - one of love.The story is slow [...]

    14. it's apparent that i can't read enough post-apocalyptic literature. this novel is set in a world much like the (later) The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper. womyn and men live separately, with womyn (seemingly) in control. The Shore of Women is possibly the most intriguing battle of the sexes i have ever read. the first half shows womyn firmly in power with the men savage little puppets. the second half shows how tenuous women's control could be and how savage. ultimately, it's unclear [...]

    15. At its core, this is great story telling. details are rich. nothing is cliche or expected. it's a love story without the typical turns or ends. quite frankly it's very real which is strange in a science fiction setting. but then. then this book deals with so much more. not just feminism. but politics. government control with almost a 1984-esque feel. sexual identity and orientation. the stark contrast of nature and technology. the separation of men and women becomes more than a difference in gen [...]

    16. Interesting concept, and fairly well executed characters. I really enjoyed it, spent a lot of time thinking of the "what if" scenarios the book presented. The only, very small, problem I had was the central premise of the book that men and women live separately, is impossible to believe. Several time while reading I would think how this society is just not possible. However that is a very small nit, the book is well written and the story exciting and interesting, so I kept picking it up every fr [...]

    17. Hate that it was labled as Feminist Fiction.This story made me think of a version the Adam And Eve story and of the movie The Blue Lagoon. I reads like fiction but is an essay on the animal instincts we have and how societal norms force us into non natural patterns.

    18. I read the book when I was in the last year of college and I absolutely loved it!!!!!! Best, best feminist science fiction ever!!!!! I would love to read it again!!

    19. I feel like some of the reviewers didn’t really get the book. It’s a think-piece, not a mindless read, so if you take the story at face value you aren’t going to get the whole point.To clarify: the book challenges social norms. If you take those challenges at their face value (as the characters in the novel do) you’re not going to get the same critical look at society that you would if you view them as criticism of the norm. This happens in multiple places in the book: the female-led soc [...]

    20. Given our collective frustration with the election/current administration/ongoing hot mess of the US right now, I figured that some good old 80s feminist sci-fi would soothe my soul. The back of this one promised to cure what ails me, with its post-apocalyptic, toss those foolish men out of our cities, sisterhood surviving 4-evah vibe going on.This is the tale of a young woman raised in the technologically advanced city of the future where education and stewardship of humanity are valued goals, [...]

    21. Dystopia, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic and so on are not just overused terms in describing contemporary sci-fi/speculate fiction, they are almost always used incorrectly. Apocalypse does not mean the end of the world; it means the end of the world as we know it. 'Singularity' is the closest contemporary synonym. Dystopia is not just a bad world. Dystopia is the use of utopian elements to create undesirable outcome. You know Huxley's 'Brave New World.' You don't know his utopia 'Island.' The str [...]

    22. I was disappointed in this novel, at least as an engaging, "feminist" SF novel.It's clearly a product of its time (1986, about 30 years ago): but even then, gender essentialism was only a small part of feminist thought and theory. It's vital to the premises of this novel, though.Women and men have no actual contact with each other, and both have weird ideas of the Other. The women have claimed tech, and are stagnating in their walled citadels; meanwhile the men revel in life "nasty, brutish and [...]

    23. nhwvejournal/953841ml[return][return]Classic feminist sf, or at least that is how it is usually labelled: women live in hi-tech urban enclaves, while men are consigned to a nasty, brutish, short life of scrabbling in the wilderness, worshipping the female principle, as punishment for having caused the (unspecified) world-wrecking disaster centuries ago.[return][return]It's not that different from Sherri S. Tepper's The Gate to Women's Country. Sargent's characters are more three-dimensional, but [...]

    24. I picked this up at a SF convention and kept at it for about 200 pages, since it's light enough reading and has an interesting premise.But oh goodness, I'm afraid I have to leave this novel back in the 1980s where it came from. I can take or leave the exploration of the premise -there's a lot of weird gender essentialism going on here that I don't think is going to get resolved by the end of the story, and then there's the lameness of a setting where all relationships are queer relationships, bu [...]

    25. The Shore of Women is a classic of feminist science fiction, imagining a post-apocalyptic world run by women, where men are relegated to a barbarian existence beyond the bounds of civilization. Women maintain their hegemony through technological superiority, a religion that venerates the Lady, and harsh enforcement of the dominant ideology. Then the female metropolis exiles two women to fend for themselves (and presumably die) in the hazard-filled land of men. Sargent tells the tale in alternati [...]

    26. This is our book club book for this month. I'm leaving in about 15 minutes to go discuss more but wanted to get my thoughts down before that. I liked this book. I really liked the beginning of this book, but then it felt like the author had too many ideas but not enough substance to finish those ideas and the last part of the book kind of dragged until she wrapped everything up. Also, I think reading this book now instead of when it was written has a much different tone. I don't think women toda [...]

    27. Took some tracking down and not in print any more but now I have a slightly bent and battered 1986 copy purchased for 99p from ebay I won't be letting it go any time soon ! One of the first SF books I read, whilst a Saturday Assistant at my local library. Still think its up there as one of my fav books and re-reading hasn't altered my perception of how good it was after my first reading. Was somewhat more explicit in places than I remembered but still thoroughly enjoyed it. I had also remembered [...]

    28. In a world. That is how any review of this book should start out, with Don La Fontaine's big booming voice. Well anyway in a post nuclear world woman and men live apart. Women live in technologically advanced enclaves and have expelled the men out into the wilderness into hunter/gatherer bands reminiscent of the Stone Age and naive of the women's technology, worshipping them like goddesses. Our adventure really begins when our heroine is expelled into the wilderness (basically a death sentence c [...]

    29. This was a fairly slow moving book. The premise was interesting about a society where the men and women are segregated. The women live in a beautiful city and the men as savages out in the wild. The men come to the wall and have controlled breeding with the women. This is the story of a woman and a man who buck this convention. Not a romance even though my description sounds like it. I guess mostly what it told me was that a society of only men or only women won't really work well. Checks and ba [...]

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