Sisters of the revolution : a feminist speculative fiction anthology

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Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more) chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas.

From the literary heft of Angela Carter to the searing power of Octavia Butler, Sisters of the Revolution gathers daring examples of speculative fiction's engagement with feminism. Dark, satirical stories such as Eileen Gunn's "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" and the disturbing horror of James Tiptree Jr.'s "The Screwfly Solution" reveal the charged intensity at work in the field. Including new, emerging voices like Nnedi Okorafor and featuring international contributions from Angelica Gorodischer and many more, Sisters of the Revolution seeks to expand the ideas of both contemporary fiction and feminism to new fronts. Moving from the fantastic to the futuristic, the subtle to the surreal, these stories will provoke thoughts and emotions about feminism like no other book available today.

Contributors include: Angela Carter, Angelica Gorodischer, Anne Richter, Carol Emshwiller, Catherynne M. Valente, Eileen Gunn, Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Vonarburg, Hiromi Goto, James Tiptree Jr., Joanna Russ, Karin Tidbeck, Kelley Eskridge, Kelly Barnhill, Kit Reed, L. Timmel Duchamp, Leena Krohn, Leonora Carrington, Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, Pamela Sargent, Pat Murphy, Rachel Swirsky, Rose Lemberg, Susan Palwick, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Vandana Singh.

The forbidden words of Margaret A. / L. Timmel Duchamp
My flannel knickers / Leonora Carrington
The mothers of Shark Island / Kit Reed
The palm tree bandit / Nnedi Okorafor
The grammarian's five daughters / Eleanor Arnason
And Salome danced / Kelley Eskridge
The perfect married woman / Angélica Gorodischer
The glass bottle trick / Nalo Hopkinson
Their mother's tears : the fourth letter / Leena Krohn
The screwfly solution / James Tiptree, Jr.
Seven losses of na Re / Rose Lemberg
The evening and the morning and the night / Octavia E. Butler
The sleep of plants / Anne Richter
The men who live in trees / Kelly Barnhill
Tales from the breast / Hiromi Goto
The Fall River axe murders / Angela Carter
Love and sex among the invertebrates / Pat Murphy
When it changed / Joanna Russ
The woman who thought she was a planet / Vandana Singh
Gestella / Susan Palwick
Boys / Carol Emshwiller
Stable strategies for middle management / Eileen Gunn
Northern chess / Tanith Lee
Aunts / Karin Tidbeck
Sur / Ursula K. Le Guinn
Fears / Pamela Sargent
Detours on the way to nothing / Rachel Swirsky
Thirteen ways of looking at space/time / Catherynne M. Valente
Home by the sea / Élisabeth Vonaburg.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Highlighting changes in speculative writing and in feminism since the 1970s, award-winning literary couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer offer a collection of sf, fantasy, and horror writing from 29 women writers, both famous and newcomers. This is the first of several planned anthologies to acquaint readers with the variety of women writers. Among the writers and the perspectives they present are L. Timmel Duchamp with a tale of a woman imprisoned for speaking out, Leonora Carrington in an examination of physical beauty, Kit Reed with a story on the complexities of motherhood, Kelly Eskridge in a gender-bending theater story, Nalo Hopkinson through a tale of a woman trapped in her husband's secret, and Octavia Butler with a tale of disease and stigma. Among the other authors are Angela Carter, Angelica Gorodischer, Hiromi Goto, Nnedi Okorafor, Vandana Singh, and James Tiptree Jr. This fascinating collection illustrates how writing trends from new-wave sf and feminist speculative fiction reflect changes in culture and in perspectives on women and feminism. It also provides a valuable primer on women writers in the sf, fantasy, and horror genres.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The VanderMeers (The Time Traveler's Almanac) have produced a well-curated and gorgeously edited selection of speculative feminist stories, including classics from the 1970s and '80s as well as recent work by currently prominent writers. The stories, arranged thematically, flow into and bounce off of one another in a thought-provoking, dramatic arrangement that displays each piece in its best possible light. Highlights include James Tiptree Jr.'s "The Screwfly Solution," a terrifying exploration of femicide; Hiromi Goto's "Tales from the Breast," a darkly funny look at a nursing mother pushed to her limit; Angela Carter's "The Fall River Axe Murders," which builds and removes sympathy for Lizzie Borden in equal measure; and Rose Lemberg's "Seven Losses of Na Re," a meditation on memory and totalitarianism. There are no truly weak pieces, but Tanith Lee's "Northern Chess" doesn't rise beyond its conventional sword-and-sorcery trappings, and today's readers will cringe at the attitude towards transsexuality in Pamela Sargent's "Fears" and the employment of gender-shifting and androgyny as an attribute of evil in several older stories. Otherwise, this collection is a generous celebration of work both by and about women. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Science fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Horror fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher Oakland, CA :PM Press,2015
Contributors VanderMeer, Ann, editor.
VanderMeer, Jeff, editor.
Language English
Description 341 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 1629630357
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