Ethan of Athos Dr Ethan Urquhart an obstetrician on a planet forbidden to women is Chief of Biology at the Severin District Reproduction Center and one of the busiest men on the planet Athos Then a mysterious gene

  • Title: Ethan of Athos
  • Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • ISBN: 9781885585059
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Audio Cassette
  • Dr Ethan Urquhart, an obstetrician on a planet forbidden to women, is Chief of Biology at the Severin District Reproduction Center and one of the busiest men on the planet Athos Then a mysterious genetic crisis threatens Athos with extinction Drafted to brave the wider universe for his cloistered fellows in quest of new ovarian tissue cultures, Ethan braces himself forDr Ethan Urquhart, an obstetrician on a planet forbidden to women, is Chief of Biology at the Severin District Reproduction Center and one of the busiest men on the planet Athos Then a mysterious genetic crisis threatens Athos with extinction Drafted to brave the wider universe for his cloistered fellows in quest of new ovarian tissue cultures, Ethan braces himself for his first encounter with those most alien of aliens females of his own species.

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    1. Lois McMaster Bujold

      Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestselling Vorkosigan Saga Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.A listing of her awards and nominations may be seen here sfadb Lois_McMaster_BuA listing of her interviews is here vorkosigana wiki AuthAn older fan run site devoted to her work, The Bujold Nexus, is here dendarii

    726 thoughts on “Ethan of Athos”

    1. A buddy read with Choko and Maria.A group of guys from Miles Vorkosigan universe decided it was a good idea to create a man only planet The technology at the moment was good enough for such project and thus Athos was born The biggest and the most obvious problem was procreation The locals had to get some fresh female eggs from time to time, but it was not a problem and the men lived in practically complete isolation without seeing a single woman all their lives and thinking it was the way it sho [...]


    2. Rating 4 of fiveThe Publisher Says The familiar old SF planet of women chestnut is reversed in the planet of Athos an all male planet made possible by the invention of the uterine replicator Ethan, drawn out of his beloved Athos by a quest, finds himself an alien in mainstream human society, and cannot help but find women disturbing aliens as well, especially the ultra competent, ultra beautiful Elli Ethan of Athos is Lois McMaster Bujold s third novel It departs from the concerns of the Vorkos [...]


    3. 4.35 A buddy read with Evgeny and Maria, because we love Science Fiction I love this author, I love this Universe, and I love this world of extremes Every time I approach the next volume of this series, I experience this trepidation as to what weirdo society are we going to be introduced to this time The genius of the series lays in the ability of the author to present a system of life which seems extremely outlandish, until you get to the basic premise and you see how everything must have start [...]


    4. How do you do, Ethan began politely I represent the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization of the Planet Athos If I may, I d like to tell you about the pioneering opportunities for settlement still available there The sudden dead silence of his audience was interrupted by a large worker in green coveralls Athos The Planet of the Fags You on the level was Bujold on the level when she wrote this sad to say, this book is sort of a mess although it does have the genial tone, fast pace, semi amusin [...]


    5. For fans of the Vorkosigan Saga, this represents an interesting break from the norm There are a couple of books in the series focused on Miles mother, Cordelia Shards of Honour Barrayar , the bulk 10 are focused on Miles Vorkosigan himself, although they often feature many other POVs and there s one set way earlier in the universe s timeline that doesn t feature any members of the Vorkosigan family at all.And then there s this one Ethan of Athos is set during Miles Admiral Naismith era, but does [...]


    6. The only thing I missed in this Vorkosigan saga installment was Miles himself Everything else was quite awesome adventure, intrigue, characters And the science part was pretty cool too I like Bujold s writing a lot, it always pulls me in and keeps me till I finish the book It s rational, not overloaded with detail and often humorous and ironic.It s a skippable book if you want to read saga only for Miles, but in general it s a good sci fi story, so you can leave it aside for later.______________ [...]


    7. It s actually been years since I read this, but I was reminded of it today by one of Sean s status updates for Angelfall, the one where he laments that the MC and the angel are going to start romancing each other I sympathized though I haven t read Angelfall , and that got me wondering whether the romancing is inevitable or necessary to make a good book.Skip ahead to the answer it s not Here s proof Bear in mind that the following is from memory, and forgive me if I get details wrong I think I m [...]


    8. Buddy read with Choko and Evgeny.At first look this book is a lot different from the rest of the Vorkosigan Saga because it misses a Vorkosigan Neither Miles nor any of his extended family shows up in this volume But that doesn t make it any less entertaining And if you look closely you will see that EoA follows the general theme of the series a modern day ideology taken to the extremes One of the most interesting and useful inventions in this universe is the uterine replicator This wonderful pi [...]


    9. If you had told me two days ago that I would enjoy reading a book that departed from the main characters of the series and instead had a misogynist male protagonist from a misogynistic planet that follows a worldwide explicitly misogyny based religion, and that further, I would find said protagonist charming, sweet, well intentioned and over, ETHICAL, I would have laughed in your face.And I would have been wrong.I failed to take into account Lois McMaster Bujold Who is maybe a sorceress of some [...]


    10. Surprisingly entertaining While I missed Miles and the main characters of previous books, I liked Ethan than I expected to and especially appreciated getting to know and see Commander Elli Quinn in action I look forward to her character returning as I am told she will.


    11. I read this when it first came out in 1986 and several times since Fantasy and SF were, at the time, one of the few places you could find gay main characters who were content, unapologetic, and sometimes in the story for reasons other than being gay This book deals with Ethan, a physician raised on a planet originally settled by some misogynistic gay men, who, in a future where babies could be selected for sex and gestated in uterine replicators, were spared the necessity of having women around [...]


    12. 3.5 starsMiles is completely absent from this Vorkosigan series installment Elli Quinn returns, with a new face and a new mission The story is told mostly from the point of view of Ethan Again, the theme swirls around genetics and reproduction, but definitely with a twist The flip side of the female controlled genetic finesse of Cetaganda proves to be Athos, an all male planet rapidly running out of viable ovary cultures at their Rep Centers When the batch of new ovaries is sabatoged, Athos send [...]


    13. Executive Summary After a slow start, I thought it finished much stronger 3.5 stars, rounded up.Audiobook Grover Gardner once again does a good job I don t think he really does voices I find myself drawing a blank as I write this , but I enjoy listening to him The volume and inflection is good, which for me is often the most important thing anyways I plan to continue this series on in audio.Full ReviewThis is a pretty short book It s only about 8 hours in audio It started a bit rough for me Etha [...]


    14. Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold is a book in the Miles Vorkosigan series that has neither Miles nor his alter ego Naismith in it except as an off stage character.Ethan is from an all male planet who manages population replacement and growth with cell lines from imported ovarian tissue and local sperm donations from approved fathers The cell lines are getting old and decaying and new stock is needed But when the order is filled, the specimens sent are useless and, in some cases, are not ev [...]


    15. Ethan of Athos is a non Vorkosigan book that is severely lacking with the absence of Miles Naismith, but tried to mimic his spirit with the audacious Ellie Quinn So the idea behind this book is that a group of people took an uterine replicator, a contraption simulates an uterus, to create an all men planet and make them believe women are evil and that they have entrapped men from all over the universe so they must never leave the planet to not contaminate themselves with women I really liked Ath [...]


    16. It reads as a backwater boy gets thrown into intergalactic espionage, but I particularly liked the setup for a planet of nothing but men eventually becoming the galaxy s largest repository of something that would spoil your reading of the book if you learned about it before hand As sci fi as social commentary, it wasn t very deep, but it did have significance for the eighties.Overall, the novel was intended and succeeded at being a light adventure, but I m slightly shallow in what I want from Ms [...]


    17. Not my favourite Vorkosigan book, but very fun nonetheless I like Elli Quinn a lot, and Ethan Urqhart is a terrific character.



    18. Science Fiction Athos is a planet of religious men at the ass end of nowhere Contact with women is forbidden, and the men rely on uterine replicators to produce their sons, but something is wrong with the ovarian cultures their doctors have used for generations, and now someone must leave the planet to purchase new samples The Population Council volunteers Dr Ethan Urquhart for the job Too bad about how he gets mistaken for a spy his first day on the space station.Though this is part of the Vork [...]


    19. Men like writing about all female planets, so why shouldn t a woman write about an all male planet, Athos Although we don t see too much of Athos in this novel quite quickly it becomes apparent that Dr Ethan Urquhart will have to leave the womb of his planet and deal with out worlders, a scary proposition for someone who has been raised to believe that women are dangerous.Ethan is a talented doctor, in charge of conceiving test tube babies and establishing them in the uterine replicators that Bu [...]


    20. 3.5 stars.I started this series on a recommendation, bc I don t read much sci fi And am amazed at how she jumps around between the books Space opera in number one, couple is married with a son leaving his teen years book two, this is book three and it s completely different But I understand that in book 6, she goes back to the space opera.As I was nearing the end of this, I was thinking, Well, it s not that nice guys finish lastis one, from the looks of it, is lucky to have finished at all At le [...]


    21. I had utterly forgotten this book When Artemis told me I needed to read it A world of men, uterine replicators, and parenting nurturing being one of the most prestigous occupations a man can choose Sounded fascinating Really most of the book is a fun action adventure in which the new eggs headed for Athos get ovarynaped and Ethan enters the frightening outside world full of evil and dangerous women he s never seen one before to buy ovaries from a reputable dealer, only to be dragged into a web o [...]


    22. While I enjoyed the fact that this book did not take the easy way out in the end, the main issue I have with Bujold is that she never gives any sense of setting The Miles Vorkosigan books, of which this is an offshoot, are funny and entertaining Cordelia s Honor is the best of them But this one was a lot of fun as well.Ethan is an obstetrician on a planet occupied solely by men They fled the outside world for reasons sort of obscure, and closed off their planet to women They now replicate using [...]


    23. While this one won t go down as my favorite Vorkosigan book I missed Miles and his family too much , it was certainly interesting and entertaining I d say I m a solid 3.5 Only Bujold can write about a man from a planet that has based their entire religious philosophy on the divinity of the male and evilness of the female their planet is entirely male due to scientific advancements where babies can be grown in uterine replicators and somehow have him be likable and good I love that about these bo [...]


    24. When I was a teen, I learnt about the existence of Mount Athos the land forbidden to women I think this was probably while my best friend and I were reading The Three Musketeers I famously decided my favourite character was the evil ish Cardinal Richelieu and if forced to choose between the Musketeers themselves would doubtlessly choose Aramis, because a promiscuous Jesuit at least seemed to know how to enjoy himself though a choice between him, a rapist, a murderer and a drunk may not be much o [...]


    25. 2.5 starsI feel like this book deserved The ideas here are interesting, but are never fully fleshed out I have so many questions about how gender roles have changed on a planet without women.


    26. Ethan of Athos is listed as the sixth novel in the Vorkosigan Saga, and within the context of the series is an oddity Almost all of the other stories in the series have to do with events surrounding the Vorkosigans of the planet Barrayar and most of them center on Miles Vorkosigan, one of my literary heartthrobs No Vorkogans appear in this book though it s just set in the same universe so this could possibly stand alone And there is a minor character here that is associated with Miles One of the [...]


    27. 3.5 stars I feel sad to write a less than laudable review for anything that Ms Bujold wrote, but this book was a little disappointing First of all Ethan of Athos is very short, a novella of barely 180 pages Obviously the size is not a problem in itself but the cause of other issues, as for instance the flat and bidimensional characters If someone else wrote this story I would have rated it higher, but I got to expect so much from Ms Bujold s actors The other novellas from this series build up o [...]


    28. I know I ve been rating these books kind of low because the first two were so amazing and I keep going, It was great, but not as good as Cordelia s Honour and that was five stars so this gets 4 and here I am giving Ethan five stars, and that s because this was amazing It was as good as the Cordelia books just in a different way Everyone I know who has read these assured me I would love this book.Dude, they were not wrong.I love this book.I fucking love this book.The other day Andre was coming up [...]


    29. Having read the blurb on the back cover Dr Ethan Urquhart, a specialist in reproductive medicine from the male only planet Athos, who has never before seen a woman, has to leave his isolationist, backwater homeworld to seek out some new ovarian samples so that the Athosian population doesn t die out I really wasn t sure what to expect from this book It could all have gone horribly wrong, but somehow Bujold manages to turn this book, despite its fairly thin plot, into a clever, funny romp Parts o [...]


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