The Fresco

TitleThe Fresco
Year for Search2000
AuthorsTepper, Sheri [Shirley] S[tewart](1929-2016)
Date Published2000
PublisherEos
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsFemale author, US author
Annotation

A first contact novel that uses the form to explore problems both in the alien society and on Earth. The alien society has based its social structure on a false reading of an ancient fresco covered in centuries of accumulated dirt. Cleaning the fresco threatens to destroy the society, which is based on the idea that each person has one and only one appropriate social role. On the basis of tradition outweighing truth, the fresco is repainted to reflect the traditional version. The Earth gains a eutopia of civility.

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Author Note

Female author (1929-2016).

Full Text

2000 Tepper, Sheri [Shirley] S[tewart] (1929-2016). The Fresco. New York: Eos. PSt

A first contact novel that uses the form to explore problems both in the alien society and on Earth. The alien society has based its social structure on a false reading of an ancient fresco covered in centuries of accumulated dirt. Cleaning the fresco threatens to destroy the society, which is based on the idea that each person has one and only one appropriate social role. On the basis of tradition outweighing truth, the fresco is repainted to reflect the traditional version. The Earth gains a eutopia of civility. Female author.