A half-built garden

by Emrys, Ruthanna,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Summary
On a warm March night in 2083, Judy Wallach-Stevens wakes to a warning of unknown pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. She heads out to check what she expects to be a false alarm--and stumbles upon the first alien visitors to Earth. These aliens have crossed the galaxy to save humanity, convinced that the people of Earth must leave their ecologically-ravaged planet behind and join them among the stars. And if humanity doesn't agree, they may need to be saved by force.The watershed networks aren't ready to give up on Earth. Decades ago, they rose up to exile the last corporations to a few artificial islands, escape the dominance of nation-states, and reorganize humanity around the hope of keeping their world liveable. By sharing the burden of decision-making, they've started to heal the wounded planet. But now corporations, nation-states, and networks all vie to represent humanity to these powerful new beings, and if any one accepts the aliens' offer, Earth may be lost. With everyone's eyes turned skyward, everything hinges on the success of Judy's effort to create understanding, both within and beyond her own species.A literary descendent of Ursula K. Le Guin, Emrys crafts a novel of extraterrestrial diplomacy and urgent climate repair bursting with quiet, tenuous hope and an underlying warmth. A Half-Built Garden depicts a world worth building towards, a humanity worth saving from itself, and an alien community worth entering with open arms. It's not the easiest future to build, but it's one that just might be in reach.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Unchecked climate change has resulted in a mixture of different types of communities on Earth: nation-states, corporations, and watershed networks. When a group of kind aliens come to Earth to help humanity, Joyce Wallach-Stevens, her wife, Carol, and their child, Dori, of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, greet them. The aliens have come to share what they have learned through their own experience. The aliens think of climate change as a normal part of any species' evolution--that it is natural to have to move off-world eventually because through growth, a planet is inevitably destroyed. Joyce and her friends have worked hard to help pull Earth back from the brink and don't want to adhere to what the aliens believe, but the nation-states and corporations feel differently. Emrys (Deep Roots, 2018) creates such an optimistic view of what the future could be and does so using some of the best ideas of where humanity is headed. She doesn't shy away from the devastation to come, but she does offer rays of hope for both humanity and nature."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Emrys (the Innsmouth Legacy series) describes this ambitious near-future mix of climate fiction, first-contact sci-fi, and celebration of Jewish motherhood as her "diaperpunk novel." In a climate change--ravaged 2083, climate activist Judy Wallach-Stevens and her wife, Carol, live and coparent their infant, Dori, with couple Atheo and Dinar, who have a toddler of their own, Raven. This unconventional family are the first humans to encounter a group of galaxy-hopping aliens led by the insect-like First Mother Cytosine and her infants. The aliens want humanity to join them in symbiotic space, leaving behind an Earth they see as doomed--and they're willing to use force. But Judy and her family have put their all into saving the planet, agitating against greedy capitalistic corporations and with little help from much diminished national governments, and they're unwilling to give up on its future. Judy's hesitant attempts at diplomacy succeed as she and the aliens find common ground in shared experiences of child rearing and nursing. Along the way, Judy learns "a different, equally valuable sort of love" with an arachnoid alien. Emrys's optimistic vision of interspecies collaboration may strain belief for some readers. It's idealism carried to a light-years-away extreme, buoyed by children binding people together. The result is thought-provoking, if not wholly successful. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Human-alien encounters -- Fiction.
Climatic changes -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher New York :Tordotcom,2022
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description 340 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781250210982
1250210984
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