by M.C.A. Hogarth

The Jokka made their debut on the pages of Strange Horizons. Their first short stories made the Tiptree Award's secondary reading list, won a Reader's Choice award and became a finalist for the 2003 Spectrum Awards. And now at last they return in their first full-length novel.
Born to a harsh world, we Jokka have evolved three sexes to survive: neuter, male and female. Twice in our lives we may change from one to another, a change we accept with grace... or resignation. It was our way.

...until one female defied all tradition: Dlane Ashoi-anadi, revolutionary, intentionally childless, runaway.

This is not her story. This is mine.

I am Thenet Reña-eperu, female-guardian, voice of orthodoxy... and Dlane's first and dearest companion. This is the tale of how we changed each other... and how that changed everything.

The Worth of a Shell © M.C.A. Hogarth 2009.