By Nicola Griffith

Del Rey Books, Paperback, 9780345452382, 414pp.

Publication Date: April 30, 2002

Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives. Terrified of spreading the virus, the company abandons its employees, leaving them afraid and isolated from the natives. In the face of this crisis, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women's biological secret, she finds that she, too, is changing and realizes that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction. . . .
Ammonite" is an unforgettable novel that questions the very meanings of gender and humanity. As readers share in Marghe's journey through an alien world, they too embark on a parallel journey of fascinating self-exploration.

About the Author
Nicola Griffith is a native of Leeds, England. At eighteen she moved to Hull, where she taught women's self-defense--to groups as diverse as the Equal Opportunities Training Unit and the Union of Catholic Mothers--and was the lead singer/songwriter for the all-woman band, Jane's Plane. She is the author of Ammonite and Slow River, which between them have won the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, and two Lambda Awards. Ms. Griffith currently lives in Seattle with her partner, writer Kelley Eskridge.

Praise For Ammonite

“A knockout . . . Strong, likeable characters, a compelling story, and a very interesting take on gender.”

“A POWERFUL STORY OF CONNECTION, ALLEGIANCE, AND OBLIGATION. Read Nicola Griffith’s book–and keep an eye out for her name in the future.”