The third in Doris Lessing's visionary novel cycle "Canopus in Argos: Archives".
It is a mix of fable, futuristic fantasy and pseudo-documentary accounts of 20th-century history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 28/03/1994
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780006547211
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Review by anamuk
The best of the archives so far.Ambien II is a Sirian administrator who has been supervising experiments on the Southern continents of earth/shikasta. Like the Canopeans she becomes aware of the presence of Shammat (who seem to find the Sirians approachable). It provides a complimentary view to Shikasta but goes further and gives us more insight into Canopean ideas & ideals.I found it more interesting than Shikasta, whether this is because the ideas have been developed more or that 3 books into the series I was more at home I can't say. It is however well written, provoking SF very much worth reading