The Fifth Season Book Discussion

Please join us on Zoom to discuss the bookThe Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemison on Monday, May 31st, 2021.

In a May 13, 2016 review in the “New York Times”, Annalee Newitz states,

“N.K. Jemisin’s latest novel “The Fifth Season” explores a science that is oddly neglected in science fiction: the geophysics of exoplanets. Though we have plenty of stories about the physics of space travel and the biology of alien life, very few authors tackle the actual rocky, gassy, molten stuff that planets are made of. Jemisin does it brilliantly, crafting a tale that is both intensely moving and scientifically complex.”

The reviewer goes on to state “One of the greatest pleasures of reading “The Fifth Season” is the narrative structure. As we move between three characters, gradually uncovering the relationship between them, we realize that this tale of a fractured planet is also a study of the human psyche under constant pressure of imminent disaster.

“The Fifth Season” is the most subtle, nuanced story you’ll ever read about giant explosions on an alien world.”

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