Halfway Human

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Halfway Human
Author Carolyn Ives Gilman
Cover artist J.K. Potter
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Avon Books
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
ISBN 0-380-79799-2
OCLC 38198333

Halfway Human (1998) is a science fiction novel written by Carolyn Ives Gilman. It was nominated for the 1998 Tiptree Award, and placed second on the Locus Readers Poll for Best First Novel in 1999.[1]

The novel follows the life of Tedla, an asexual being from an evolutionary offshoot of humanity. It is neither male nor female and refers to itself as a “bland.” On its home planet blands are kept at a near-slave class, considered to be not human and much less important than either male or female. Blands are mentally, physically and sexually abused by their human masters, normally called guardians.

Tedla is found by a social worker named Val Endrada on the planet Capella light-years away from its home planet of Gammadis just after trying to commit suicide. The existence of the bland off-planet sets into motion a political confrontation between the powers on both planets.

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  1. ^ Science Fiction database, author page [1]