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The Visitor by Sheri S. Tepper Review

Title: The Visitor

Author: Sheri S. Tepper

First published January 1, 2002

512 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9780380821006 (ISBN10: 0380821001)

Rating: 3.81


In a post-apocalyptic world, America is no more. The remnants of humanity survive under the harsh rule of a tyrannical government, with only fragmented and distorted memories of the past.

But destiny has chosen a young woman named Dismé Latimer to lead them out of the darkness. Armed with a sacred book written by a courageous scientist ancestor, Dismé sets out on a dangerous journey to uncover the truth about their past and find hope for their future.

But the world is full of dangers, both known and unknown, and the greatest of them all lies deep beneath the Earth’s surface, stirring from centuries of slumber. Will Dismé and her allies have the courage to face it and save humanity from certain doom?

About the Author

Sheri Stewart Tepper was a talented American author who wrote a variety of books in the science fiction, horror, and mystery genres. She was especially known for her feminist science fiction writing, which often had a focus on ecofeminism.

Born near Littleton, Colorado, Tepper spent much of her career (1962-1986) working for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood. She eventually became the organization’s Executive Director.

She has a family including two children and is married to Gene Tepper. In addition to her writing, she also ran a guest ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tepper used several different pen names throughout her career, including B.J. Oliphant, A.J. Orde, and E.E. Horlak. Her early works were published under the name Sheri S.


Editoral Review

The Visitor by Sheri S. Tepper is a science fiction novel that explores themes such as ecology, religious conflict, and post-human evolution.

Sheri S. Tepper was a prolific science fiction writer known for her ability to blend social commentary with engaging storytelling.

The Visitor is a prime example of the author’s skills in crafting a compelling narrative that is thought-provoking and enjoyable. The novel takes place in a future where humanity has expanded into the stars and is encountering different sentient beings.

The protagonist, Disme, is a biological entity created to be a living bridge between species. She has the unique ability to communicate with all life forms and becomes essential in the resolution of the conflict between the human settlers and the native peoples of the planet Tralee.

Tepper’s world-building is impressive, and the alien world of Tralee is beautifully described, making the reader feel as if they are there. The main conflict between the human settlers and the indigenous people, which is relevant to our society’s current issues, adds depth to the story.

The themes of ecology and preservation are also thoughtfully addressed, as Tepper emphasizes the importance of protecting the biodiversity of our planet. Beyond the fascinating setting and themes, Tepper’s writing style is elegant and captivating.

The character development is well-done, and the central characters are all unique and intriguing, from Disme to the telepathic cat Kaia. The pacing does not disappoint, ramping up towards an exciting conclusion, and the plot structure is engaging without being predictable.

Overall, The Visitor is an excellent addition to the science fiction genre. Fans of hard sci-fi, environmentalism, and political commentary will enjoy this book.

The novel’s flaws are minor, and the most significant limitation is the occasional slow pace in the middle of the book. However, this drawback is countered by the literary quality of Sheri S.

Tepper’s writing and the story’s significant ideas. In conclusion, The Visitor by Sheri S.

Tepper is recommended for those who appreciate an intelligent, engaging, and thought-provoking read. If you are looking for a beautifully crafted science fiction novel that deals with relevant issues like ecology and religion, then The Visitor is the book for you.

It is a definite must-read for anyone who enjoys smart sci-fi and unique world-building. The Visitor receives a score of 9/10 for its high-quality writing, character development, and themes that are still relevant to our society today.