I first encountered Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams in Ocean State Job Lot many years ago while camping with my family. I wanted something to read, and I browsed the cheap paperback books. I found this book, and since it was Scifi, I figured I’d give it a try.
It took me a while to get started since I was also “writing.” It was a rainy day at the campground, I remember, and we had a pop up camper. I settled into my bunk, and got started.
And have never looked back.
Aristoi was the first book I ever read with a gay relationship. It was completely revolutionary to me, especially since it had not only a gay relationship, but a bisexual main character, and even male pregnancy. I found it utterly fascinating. I was intrigued. And hooked.
The elite characters of the book have multiple personalities known as daimons that, within the book, have side conversations while the action of the book goes on around them. I loved that.
I now own three copies of the book: my original paperback, and two hardcover books. One a first edition, the other a scifi bookclub book. All three are on my shelf right now in the apartment. And every time I go to the Book Barn and find a used copy, I buy it. Because hey. You never know when you might need another!
It’s also now available on the Kindle, and you can purchase the book here.