The members of Spectology: The Science Fiction Book Club Podcast may have thought harder about my book than I did. In the episode Semiosis post-read w/ Nate Spence: Budding Utopia or Mutualist Dystopia? they spend two hours and nine minutes discussing that question.
Here’s their description of the episode: “Matt, Nate, & Adrian have a long, rollicking conversation about Semiosis, by Sue Burke. We all really loved the book, but also have a lot of criticism of it, and we get really in-depth on what it all means to us.”
Some of their criticisms I agree with — the book isn’t perfect, and there were problems I knew about that I couldn’t figure out how to solve. Some of their thoughts were about aspects I hadn’t been aware of — sometimes this happens with a critique, because other people can see things that the author overlooked. They also get some points exactly right, such as the long-term arc of the Constitution.
What is your favorite chapter? Is there too much violence? Is the book optimistic? Is Stevland a superhero? They have different opinions and carefully explore the reasons for their disagreements. If you don’t have your own book club to discuss the book, you can listen to these club members share their deepest and best thoughts.