The Stone Gods
by Jeanette Winterson
Billed as an "interplanetary love story," this engrossing science fiction tale, filled with satire, wit and adventure,
takes us to the edge of the universe and back again. At once both futuristic and a frantic look at the past, Billie
Crusoe and the deserter robo-sapian Spike are looking to colonize a "new blue planet." This revealing saga gives
travel, history, and technology, while wrapping us up in the bizarre love story between Billie and Spike. Moreover,
not a small element of this clever weaving of past and future is our ubiquitous hope that it is not too late to
redeem ourselves, and save our own blue planet.
Not only does the story meander across time (65 million years ago, 1774 and a post-WWIII environment called "The
Wreck") but also the love stories intertwine and morph throughout the time changes. Winterson's own disenchantment
with our inability to save our Earth or ourselves is a constant theme, and although hope is always present, the
reader certainly feels that Winterson believes we are following an ironically set pattern of cause and effect that
continues to worsen.
Each time-period in the book provides revealing and frustrating blueprints of the behavior and the selfishness of
humankind, which can be quite depressing when our daily news is full of global warming, famine, and third-world
nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, even the constantly scary, often lyrical words with which Winterson evokes
possibilities gives the reader a renewed sense of planetary evolution, and the potential improvement and betterment
of human nature. A clever and yet unsettling book, it is a great read, forcing us, through Winterson's carefully
crafted storyline, into facing an uncertain future with a definite hope and faith in the human experience. ENJOY!
Laura Strathman Hulka|