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The Fifth Sacred Thing. (New York, Bantam, 1993) Starhawk’s epic tale, set in 2048, California.
In a time of ecological collapse, when the hideously authoritarian and corporate-driven Stewards have taken control of most of the land and set up an apartheid state, one region has declared itself independent: the Bay Area and points north. Choosing life over guns, they have created a simple but rich ecotopia, where no one wants, nothing is wasted, culture and cooperation are uppermost, and the Four Sacred Things are valued unconditionally. But the Stewards are on the march northward, bent on conquest and appropriation of the precious waters. It’s the love story of Bird the musician and warrior and Madrone the healer, and of Maya, Bird’s grandmother, ninety-eight year old story teller, whose vision provides a way for them to defend their city from invasion without becoming what they are fighting against.
Read Starhawk’s updated full description of the transformed San Francisco she envisioned in The Fifth Sacred Thing.
This acclaimed, best-selling novel set a new standard for fiction of its genre, continues to be widely read, and is used in numerous college courses. Winner of the Lambda Award for lesbian and gay science fiction.
“Slated to be one of the great visionary Utopian novels of the century…It’s a rare book to which I give such a high recommendation; but I spent the best part of three days reading it, and at the end, I would have loved it to be longer. I simply fell in love with both characters and setting. It’s a wonderful book.” — Marion Zimmer Bradley, author of The Mists of Avalon
“For the future of our kind, The Fifth Sacred Thing is an anthem of hope. Generations to come will bless the name of Starhawk.” — Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael and The Story of B
“This is wisdom wrapped in drama.” — Tom Hayden, California state senator
“At once provocative and magical, political and spiritual….An extraordinary book that stands in the great tradition of political and philosophical novels.” — Margot Adler, NPR commentator and author of Drawing Down the Moon
“Each time I think I’ve seen the impressive depth of Starhawk’s wisdom, she dives deeper yet, bring back ever greater insight and clarity. The Fifth Sacred Thing is exciting, magical, and rich with extremely important treasure maps for those who really care about Life and the survival of our planet.” — Merlin Stone, author of When God Was a Woman
“A compelling and ingenious tale of two competing potential futures.” — Earnest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia
“Totally captivating…. Starhawk has created a magic land to which we can return at will for the kind of exotic romance and adventure we all crave. Her celebration of the richness of cultural diversity heralds the possibility of a mutually enhancing multicultural community. Here, too, is a vision of the paradigm shift that is essential for our very survival as a species on this planet.” — Elinor Gadon, author of The Once and Future Goddess
“From The Spiral Dance to Dreaming the Dark to Truth or Dare, Starhawk has led us to places of risk and guided us to think in a new way, a womanly order. Now, in fiction, with the aid of her characters, she will save the earth and all the sacred things that dwell therein.” — E.M. Broner, author of A Weave of Woman and The Telling
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