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The Margarets
Sheri Tepper
Adult Fiction TEPPER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Full of fascinating characters and beautifully detailed settings, Tepper's complex and multifaceted far-future SF novel follows the many selves of Mars colonist Margaret Bain on a mission to save the human race from annihilation. Long ago, hairless bipeds earned the eternal hatred of the foul-tempered Quaatar after some prehumans stowed away on a Quaatar survey ship. Now humankind is at the brink of self-destruction through overpopulation and ecological collapse. The farsighted Gentherans have taken up the human cause within the Interstellar Trade Organization, but as Earthgov struggles to conform to ISTO's enforced sterilization laws while trading excess children for offworld water, the Quaatar continue plotting to destroy humanity. Only Margaret, a secret organization called the Third Order of the Siblinghood and the truth behind an old Gentheran folktale can stop the genocide and give humanity a future. As always, Locus Award-winner Tepper (The Companions) wields grand science fiction themes with skill, vision and a twist of black humor. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Margaret was certainly lonely as the only child from an unsuccessful human settlement on Mars, but as an adult she has a mission that requires her to unite with a lot of other Margarets universewide. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Marget Blain
Grew up as the only human child living in a human work colony on a Martian satellite; invented six imaginary companions; returned to Earth with her parents; left behind her imaginary friends which turned into real personas; must find her other selves in order to save the human race.

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