Four Star Book Reviews: Semiosis

Semiosis by Sue Burke

Semiosis is less a novel than a book of short stories, each of which recounts another generation of the history of a human colony on an exoplanet. I had trouble with the beginning, but after I understood how the story was being told, I had a lot of fun.

There’s some very good speculative biology here,. The animals and plants feel very real, and lovingly developed. The philosophical heart of the book is about trust – how can mutualism develop between sapient species? With great difficulty.

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