Picnic on Paradise is Joanna Russ‘s first novel, published in 1968. set in an undetermined future time, it concerns a group of tourists in an “adventure” vacation, and Alix, the woman responsible for the group’s safety.
Alix is no ordinary guide: she’s a warrior from the Greek Mediterranean region, plucked from her time, ~4000 BCE, by the Trans Temporal Agency to serve as as guide to the tourist groups. Alix was chosen for her skills, courage, and self-sufficiency; a good choice when things go awry and the group finds itself in a real dangerous situation and must rely on Alix to get out alive.
one of my favorite books – Alix is one of my favorite characters, and Russ does an exceptional job presenting her, and her interactions with the tourist group. Alix is so real in her reactions and emotions in contrast to the vapid and jaded tourists, is difficult not to cheer for her.
bonus pic: Hank agrees and thinks Alix would make a good cat