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Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976)

af Kate Wilhelm

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When the first warm breeze of Doomsday came wafting over the Shenandoah Valley, the Sumners were ready. Using their enormous wealth, the family had forged an isolated post-holocaust citadel. Their descendants would have everything they needed to raise food and do the scientific research necessary for survival. But the family was soon plagued by sterility, and the creation of clones offered the only answer. And that final pocket of human civilization lost the very human spirit it was meant to preserve as man and mannequin turned on one another.

Sweeping, dramatic, rich with humanity, and rigorous in its science, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang is widely regarded as a high point of both humanistic and hard science fiction. It won science fiction's Hugo Award and Locus Award on its first publication and is as compelling today as it was then.

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    Fagre nye verden af Aldous Huxley (rat_in_a_cage)
    rat_in_a_cage: Hinweis auf Rückentext bei »Hier sangen früher Vögel«.
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    The World Inside af Robert Silverberg (gaialover)
    gaialover: Dystopian society with controls against individualism and mandated polyamory.
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    Vejen til i Morgen af Leigh Brackett (LamontCranston)
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Although a bit dated, this short novel covers a lot of ground. What hope does humanity have after pandemics and other calamities? Cloning seems to be the answer, until it isn't. Because, as flawed as human individuality can be, it is only in the diversity of our genes and minds that the species can survive. A thoughtful read, for sure.

Edit: just learned that the title is from a Shakespearean sonnet, LXXIII.

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which hake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see'st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou seest the glowing of such fire
That the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.
This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long. ( )
  TheGalaxyGirl | Sep 10, 2023 |
La familia Sumner lo tiene todo: varias granjas en un fértil valle, miembros en todas las profesiones técnicas y liberales que mantienen el contacto en las reuniones familiares, y una enorme fortuna a su disposición. Por ello, cuando estalla la crisis ecológica y comienzan las hambrunas y las epidemias, los Sumner pueden atrincherarse en su valle como en una nueva Arca de Noé, haciendo acopio de medios técnicos y humanos para esperar tiempos mejores mientras la civilización se derrumba a su alrededor.
Pero ni toda su fortuna puede hacer nada contra una cruel consecuencia de la catástrofe: todos los animales, así como los hombres y las mujeres, se han vuelto estériles. Como medida desesperada, los Sumner recurren a la clonación, en principio provisionalmente, hasta que se restablezca la fertilidad.
Sin embargo, el éxito del experimento multiplica el número de los clones hasta que éstos superan a los humanos supervivientes. Entonces se pone de manifiesto una consecuencia inesperada: los clones no sólo comparten una alta inteligencia, sino también una forma callada de comunicación... y la firme determinación de no ceder el paso a sus progenitores, sino reemplazarlos como la nueva especie dominante.
  Natt90 | Feb 16, 2023 |
La familia Sumner lo tiene todo: varias granjas en un fértil valle, miembros en todas las profesiones técnicas y liberales que mantienen el contacto en las reuniones familiares, y una enorme fortuna a su disposición. Por ello, cuando estalla la crisis ecológica y comienzan las hambrunas y las epidemias, los Sumner pueden atrincherarse en su valle como en una nueva Arca de Noé, haciendo acopio de medios técnicos y humanos para esperar tiempos mejores mientras la civilización se derrumba a su alrededor.
Pero ni toda su fortuna puede hacer nada contra una cruel consecuencia de la catástrofe: todos los animales, así como los hombres y las mujeres, se han vuelto estériles. Como medida desesperada, los Sumner recurren a la clonación, en principio provisionalmente, hasta que se restablezca la fertilidad.
Sin embargo, el éxito del experimento multiplica el número de los clones hasta que éstos superan a los humanos supervivientes. Entonces se pone de manifiesto una consecuencia inesperada: los clones no sólo comparten una alta inteligencia, sino también una forma callada de comunicación... y la firme determinación de no ceder el paso a sus progenitores, sino reemplazarlos como la nueva especie dominante.
  Natt90 | Nov 5, 2022 |
A short, quick read, once I got into the swing of it. I was thrown a little by the changing timelines as it starts with one set of characters and then jumps to those characters being old, then jumps a little again to the new younger characters being older. Overall it's the story of the survival and future of the human race once it all goes to pot, and I enjoyed that side to it very much - the apocalypse was almost background to the main story. I also enjoyed the way that the characters were almost non characters apart from a few examples, because that's almost the point - these people are unable to think and feel in the same way that we are used to. Generally I'm glad to have finally read it and think it will be one that stays in my mind for some time. ( )
  clairefun | Oct 27, 2022 |
Written in 1976, this book addresses what happens when civilization breaks down. An extended family owns farms scattered throughout a valley somewhere in the Midwest. One member of the family realizes that mankind's habits of polluting his world is tipping the point of the Earth's ability to support us. Humankind is becoming sterile. He makes plans to build a hospital where he starts a cloning program for humans and livestock. Despite many pitfalls, the cloning program is fairly successful. However, there are certain problems.

A visionary author who, along with a talent for explaining the science involved in cloning, is doing a valuable service in projecting a version, to those who would heed her warning of what will, no doubt sooner than later, happen to humans and the only planet we have.
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  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
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A bleak fairytale account of human cloning which has since been overtaken by science and coloured by the disappointment and alienation of the post-radical 70s. It will seem dated in terms of social mores but nothing else has changed. This is still a chilling, gripping and heartbreaking landmark science fiction novel, one of the greatest of its time, about the death of the living world: an SF writer's response to Rachel Carson's Silent spring.
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Mit großem erzählerischem Talent gelingt Kate Wilhelm eine glaubwürdige und spannende Dystopie, die völlig zu Recht zu den Klassikern der Science Fiction Literatur gezählt wird.
 
Fabulous story, deep thoughts cleverly disguised by amazing character development.
 

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When the first warm breeze of Doomsday came wafting over the Shenandoah Valley, the Sumners were ready. Using their enormous wealth, the family had forged an isolated post-holocaust citadel. Their descendants would have everything they needed to raise food and do the scientific research necessary for survival. But the family was soon plagued by sterility, and the creation of clones offered the only answer. And that final pocket of human civilization lost the very human spirit it was meant to preserve as man and mannequin turned on one another.

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