Hugo: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1977)

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Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
read October 8, 2009 through October 15, 2009

Premise: In typical ’70s fashion, the novel starts out with the destruction of Earth through human’s inability to control themselves and thus they destroy the environment. Ok. Got it. Then it gets very interesting and involves generations of cloning, the conception of individuality, artistic freedom, the essence of humanity, and and all sorts of interesting things.

Verdict: Enjoyable.

At first I was like “yeah ok, I get it” but then it got really cool. I loved the exploration of cloning as a means to human survival and then the resulting strange society that formed. I don’t really want to talk about it too much—it would give away too many of the *gasp*-factor things. Suffice it to say that if you are interested in how it is individuality, creativity, and freedom of expression that fundamentally make us human, this book is definitely for you. I really enjoyed it.

It’s pretty neat. Go ahead and give it a try.

Random side note—no wonder men have loved science fiction for so long. It’s full to the brim with sex.