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  • Published: 5 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473583283
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

He, She and It

The classic literary feminist novel about artificial intelligence

In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Shira Shipman's marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her by the corporation that runs her zone, so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish town where she grew up. There, she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions - and the ability to kill...

From the critically acclaimed author of Woman on the Edge of Time, comes another stunning novel of morality and courage. A Pygmallion tale for the modern age, this classic feminist speculative novel won the Arthur C Clark Award.

  • Published: 5 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473583283
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

About the author

Marge Piercy

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels including the classic Woman on the Edge of Time; nineteen volumes of poetry; four non-fiction books as well as her critically acclaimed memoir. Born in Detroit, educated at the University of Michigan, and the recipient of four honorary doctorates, she has been a key player in many of the major progressive political battles of our time, including the anti-Vietnam war and the women's movement, and more recently an active participant in the resistance to the war in Iraq.

Praised as one of the few American writers who are accomplished poets as well as novelists — Piercy is one of the country's bestselling poets — she is also the master of many genres: historical novels, science fiction (for which she won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom), novels of social comment and contemporary entertainments. She has taught, lectured, and performed her work at well over 400 universities around the world.

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Praise for He, She and It

Marge Piercy is every bit as imaginative as H. G. Wells or Isaac Asimov or any of the great fantasists, but she is also a fierce and devoted activist who wants us to be more than passive readers.


A triumph of the imagination. Rich, complex, impossible to put down. Every new novel by Marge Piercy is cause for celebration

Alice Hoffman

Piercy’s vision of a post-greenhouse-effect, nuclear-blasted world interlaced with the Prague ghetto of 1600, and the efforts of certain people to stay human in both, is threaded with the questions: What is it to be human? … What does `life’ mean?… What are the limits of creativity? As always, Piercy writes with high intelligence, love for the world, ethical passion and innate feminism

Adrienne Rich

HE, SHE AND IT, a ground-breaking example of Jewish feminist fabulation, is a triumph


One of our boldest writers...like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, He, She and It finds disturbing trends in contemporary culture.

Los Angeles Times Book Review

An allegorical tour de force

San Francisco Chronicle

Marge Piercy confronts large issues in this novel: the social consequences of creating anthropromorphic cyborgs, the dynamics of programming both humans and machines, the ethical question of our control of machines that might feel as well as think.

The New York Times Book Review

...a philosophical romance...the story she tells is at once new and old...Vividly drawn...

Chicago Tribune

Ambitious and absorbing...Woven through this incredible plot line is a magical story from the past...a very readable fable about the dangers of creating intelligent beings...Ominously real'

The Boston Globe

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