Shadow Man by Melissa Scott

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In the far future, human culture has developed five distinctive genders due to the effects of a drug easing sickness from faster-than-light travel. But on the planet Hara, where society is increasingly instability, caught between hard-liner traditions and the realities of life, only male and female genders are legal, and the "odd-bodied" population are forced to pass as one or the other. Warreven Stiller, a lawyer and an intersexed person, is an advocate for those who have violated Haran taboos. When Hara regains contact with the Concord worlds, Warreven finds a larger role in breaking the long-standing role society has forced on "him," but the search for personal identity becomes a battleground of political intrigue and cultural clash.
Winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Gay/Lesbian Science Fiction, Shadow Man remains one of the more important modern, speculative novels ever published in the field of gender- and sexual identity.

About Melissa Scott

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Melissa Scott is winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer in 1986 and two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award (1995, 1996). She holds degrees from Harvard College and Brandeis University, and has published seventeen novels, including Dreaming Metal (Tor, 1997) and Night Sky Mine (Tor, 1996).
Published November 26, 2013 by Lethe Press. 315 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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In the latest from Scott (Burning Bright, 1993, etc.), a drug taken to ameliorate the unpleasant effects of faster-than-light travel has caused the human race to mutate into five sexes: men, women, ``herms'' (functional hermaphrodites), and two intermediate types--``mems'' and ``fems.'' On planet...

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Political intrigue set in a far future that features a radically different human culture hinging on a multitude of genders is the theme of Scott's (Trouble and Her Friends) new work.

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