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Suzette Hadin Elgin

When I was a teenager, my local SF bookstore introduced me to Native Tongue, a novel about a futuristic America where women no longer have emancipation and communication with aliens is part of the daily job of the linguists' households. Some of the "quotations" preceding the chapters were made up of some of the most tasteful filk I have ever had the pleasure to read. I read the rest of the trilogy, and then, language junkie that I was at the time, ordered the companion volume to Láadan, the constructed language which the linguist women within the book had designed for private communication, and which the author, a linguist herself, had worked out in great detail. The book took a year to arrive, but I treasured it. I wasn't fan enough to learn the language, however.

Suzette Hadin Elgin wrote those books, along with her series of language-use books which began with The Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense. I spent a good while at Jason Taniguchi's house last year discussing the series with him, since the various volumes of it littered his architecturally-balanced barricades of books.

All of this is just to tell you that Suzette Hadin Elgin now has a weblog: ozarque.


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Jul. 26th, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
I read her Ozark trilogy, it was quite good. Neat, thanks for mentioning this :)
Jul. 26th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
I may have to read Native Tongue...sounds interesting...
Jul. 27th, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)
They're intriguing books. I haven't read them in years, so I don't know what I'd think of them now. Next time I'm home I might pick them up again.
Jul. 26th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of these books, but they sounds like my kind of fare, the perfect thing to use when doping myself with fiction after too much work.
Jul. 27th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
from Maria
we had a local SF bookstore in DSM? which one?
Jul. 27th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC)
Re: from Maria
It was around for four or five years at most when I was a teenager. It was located in the shopping center at 42nd in University. Originally it was on the south side, across the street by the pizza place, but then it moved and expanded across the street, in the north west corner of the shopping center before it went under a few years later. I can't remember what it was called, but the staff introduced me to Mercedes Lackey books and, in their expanded location, sold me the bottle of amber I gave you as a present one year.
Jul. 28th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: from Maria
ok, I am vaguely remembering this... they had a bunch of new agey crystal/incense type stuff too. wonder what happened to it...
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