Molly Gloss's The Dazzle Of Day

cover of Molly Gloss's The Dazzle of DayThe first I ever heard about THE DAZZLE OF DAY was an off-hand aside in a blog post by Mary Anne Mohanraj. She mentioned a book about Esperanto-speaking Quakers in space. As an Esperanto-Speaking Quaker Science Fiction fan, it was hard to escape the conclusion that Molly Gloss must have reached into my head and written a book just for me. I was dismayed to find the book out of print, but a week or so later, my brother presented me with a copy he'd scored of Amazon.

Based on the premise, I was expecting the book to be a lot of fun. It wasn't. But what it was was breathtakingly beautiful. The prose. I'd quote it, but I just want to quote the whole thing.

It's also become my staple recommendation to anyone wanting to learn more about Quakerism. The story chronicles the journey a generation ship full of Quakers takes away from a badly-depleted Earth, in search of a new homeworld. The entire ship and all its business are run on Quaker process; presented in a way that's both accurate and accessible to folks who aren't already familiar. Science Fiction fans are no strangers to being dropped in the middle of alien cultures and introduced to them over the course of the story. In DAZZLE, Gloss uses that trick to catch readers up on Quaker society and business, and it works brilliantly.

Gloss has a new short story, The Grinnell Method, up at Strange Horizons. I've only just started it, but I'm looking forward to reading the rest.


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Posted on September 3, 2012 and filed under Books I Love.