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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (703 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Slonczewski Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Sharers of Shora are a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future. They are pacifists, they are highly advanced in biological sciences, and they reproduce by parthenogenesis—because there are no males. Conflict erupts when a militaristic neighboring civilization sends an army to develop their ocean world.

A groundbreaking work both of feminist science fiction and of world-building, hard science fiction, A Door into Ocean is the novel that solidified Joan Slonczewski’s reputation as an important science fiction writer. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By the time the conflict…has moved to center stage, you not only know the antagonists intimately, you care passionately about the outcome…The story deals with the efforts of decent people on both sides to see beyond their culture-bound definitions of humanity.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A dreamy, poetic book…very much in the spirit of Dune or Le Guin’s works. It’s tough to build a world, particularly if you try to get the science correct. Author Slonczewski accomplishes that difficult feat and manages a gripping plot into the bargain. Maybe Le Guin has competition.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “One of the best new science fiction novels of the last several years.”


  • “An intriguing ocean world…[The] schematic political framework is enlivened by the full-blooded characters who negotiate between the two cultures. Science Fiction Book Club selection.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Slonczewski creates an all-female, nonviolent culture that reaches beyond feminism to a new definition of human nature. This novel is highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cicely | 2/17/2014

    " Somewhat heavy-handed exploration of a feminist utopia. My favorite quote: "Spinel soon came to suspect that most of his clients would find their own answers, if any, in whatever he had to say. What they actually craved was someone to listen, if only for a moment. It amazed him to realize how many people led parched lives, thirsting for the faintest drop of empathy. For himself or anyone else to fill all that need was as hopeless as filling an ocean." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sheri Fresonke Harper | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting culture work based on lifeforms that live in the ocean and not. Good tech reason for how they live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Olivia | 2/14/2014

    " My favourite kinda sci-fi, baby! Water, women, DNA, RNA, libraries and more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karin | 1/19/2014

    " While slow to start, I was really impressed with how much I cared about what was happening by the second "part" of the book and I cared right up until the very last paragraph. "

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About the Author
Author Joan Slonczewski

Joan Slonczewski lives in Gambier, Ohio, and teaches biology and science fiction courses at Kenyon College.