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Tritcheon Hash
ISBN 0-9580543-8-X
By Sue Lange
Review by: Moira Richards

5/15/04

I first became a fan of science fiction when Isaac Asimov was in his heyday. I devoured the genre for many years, I discovered Margaret Atwood's feminist The Handmaid's Tale that chilled my spine a couple of decades back and then for some reason my literary interests began to wander along other lanes. Perhaps because sci-fi seemed to have become so serious? Perhaps so very confrontational?

The cover of Tritcheon Hash looks as if it could be a frame from a Wonder Woman comic book (if you can remember back as far as I do :-) and it seemed to promise a refreshing new take on sci-fi. I cannot resist my inclination to pre-judge books this way, and this time I wasn’t disappointed. Sue Lange has written a fun, satirical and often funny feminist science fiction story. It is set in the year 3011, about eight hundred years after the historic Thursday when the women of Earth had finally had enough and decided to move out. They picked out a new planet some few light years distant and left the one of their origin to the mercies of the menfolk.

Since then representatives from each planet have met once a year in a neutral galaxy so that the women can exchange their latest crop of boy babies for a fresh supply of frozen sperm. It seemed like a lasting win-win resolution of the war between the sexes, but as the story opens, we learn that the men have requested a reunification of the two halves of the human species. They claim that they have learned to be non-violent, sensitive and generally well-behaved, but the women’s leaders are not at all sure that they can believe those assurances. One woman will have to brave the unknown terrors of a planet full of men, check them out in secret and report back. The tough, usually fearless ace pilot Tritcheon Hash is selected to be that woman.

Sue Lange’s tale includes plenty of action if that’s what you enjoy in a story, it also aims a few telling jabs at some of man’s less pleasant testosterone-induced behaviours, and it explores an interesting take on the boy meets girl (for the first time in eight hundred years) narrative. I’m not sure if Tritcheon Hash is unique in style, or if it is indicative of new millennium feminist science fiction, but it has re-kindled my interest and I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more of the genre.




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