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  • May 06, 2011
  • 10:47 PM

A Literary Shape-Shifter

Alexandra Alter / Wall Street Journal
...What starts as an intergalactic space romp turns into a meditation on language. Human colonists have developed tenuous relations with the locals: the Ariekei, a winged, insect-like race with two mouths that speak simultaneously. To communicate with them, humans have bred test-tube clones who can speak the double-layered language.

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