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Old 12-01-2018, 06:58 PM   #16
Dazrin
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Interesting selection, not where I thought this theme was going to go. I have recently read both of Charlie's nominations (one this year, one last) so I don't really want to second them although they are both good. I've also read the Left Hand of Darkness, many years ago, but may still second it. Depends on if I can find a good alternative for what I was going to nominate*.

Here's some more information for Embassytown, which I will second.

Embassytown by China Miéville
Goodreads | Amazon ($7.99)
Pages: 345 | Published: 2011
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In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak.

Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language.

When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties—to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak yet speaks through her.
Awards:
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Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2012), Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2011), Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (2012), Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee for Best Novel (2012), British Science Fiction Association Award Nominee for Best Novel (2011), Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award (RT Award) for Best Science Fiction Novel (2011), John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2012), The Kitschies Nominee for Red Tentacle (Novel) (2011), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Science Fiction (2011)
*For anyone who is interested:
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
The original 1960s translation was from French instead of directly from Polish which was a "very poor" translation in Lem's opinion. The book is still considered a science fiction masterpiece and is on many people's "best of" lists for science fiction. There have been 3 movie versions (2 English, 1 Russian). A new translation was made around 2011 that captures the original better. Unfortunately that translation, by Bill Johnston, only appears to be available from Amazon and Audible due to some rights issues. I was unable to find the new translation at Kobo or B&N but I rarely use them so maybe someone else would have better luck? If so, I would nominate this book.

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