The Modern Novel: Hybrid Child

By John Alvey
The Modern Novel

Hybrid Child (Mariko Ohara)This is the second in the University of Minnesota Press’Parallel Futures series and every bit as fascinating as the first. As with Yoshio Aramaki, Mariko Ōhara is virtually unknown to English-speaking readers, though she has won many awards in Japan for her science fiction writing. This work is a feminist science fiction work, something that apparently is not as common in Japan as it should be, though it covers many themes found also in non-science fiction work, such as love, good vs evil, religion, immortality, and identity, all seen from a science fiction perspective.

 

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