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SUZETTE HADEN ELGIN was born in Missouri in 1936. Her undergraduate work was at the University of Chicago and Chico State University; she completed her linguistics Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego in 1973, and then taught in the Linguistics Department at San Diego State University. In 1980 she retired to the Arkansas Ozarks, where she runs a business from her home.

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Earthsong

Native Tongue 3
Suzette Haden Elgin

Afterword by Susan Squier & Julie Vedder

An instant cult classic upon first publication, Suzette Haden Elgin's Native Tongue trilogy has earned wide critical acclaim, shocking and captivating a loyal readership among science fiction and women's literature audiences alike. In Earthsong, the trilogy's long-awaited finale, the interplanetary Consortium has decided to abandon the incorrigibly violent Earth to economic and ecological disaster. As the Consortium prepares to euthanize the diseased planet, the women of the Lines are offered one last chance to change the men's destructive behavior and cancel the planet's annihilation.

"Suzette Haden Elgin's Native Tongue trilogy, a classic text of angry feminism, is also an exemplary experiment in speculative fiction, deftly and implacably pursuing both a scientific hypothesis and an ideological hypothesis through all their social, moral, and emotional implications."

—Ursula K. Le Guin

"I urge [the Native Tongue trilogy] upon you. . . . Elgin has carried current [views] on women to their 'logical' conclusion. . . . She takes up everything from religion to sex. Above all, she understands that until women find the words and syntax for what they need to say, they will never say it, nor will the world hear it."

—Carolyn Heilbrun, Women's Review of Books

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