Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Archivist: A Black Romance

Original Novel Title: The Archivist: A Black Romance
Author: Gill Alderman
Publisher: London, England: Unwin Hyman, 1989.
A first novel, this science fiction work is set some four thousand years in the future on the planet Guna, a matriarchal society whose Archivist is a male named Magon Nonpareil. At some point in this vast book (380 close-spaced pages.), the Archivist comes to power and sweeps away old social structures, replacing them with new ideologies and systems. Among the most significant change we learn on page 273, "The Archive was opened to all."

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