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Sisters of The Revolution : A Femimist Speculative Fiction Anthology Paperback – 3 Jul 2015
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"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." --Buzzfeed
"The respected editorial team presents 29 stories of feminist speculative fiction from the 60s to now, by a very impressive roster of writers including Octavia E. Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Angela Carter, Nalo Hopkinson, and James Tiptree, Jr." --Locus Online
"Ann and Jeff VanderMeer are responsible for some of the best anthologies of recent years, and in Sisters Of The Revolution they look to have done it again. The book is a comprehensive, genre-spanning collection of horror, fantasy and science-fiction from female authors. --This is Horror
"This book is a must-read for fans of speculative fiction, feminist or not, and would be an exciting text to build a women's studies course around." --World Literature Today
"This 'highly curated' collection of feminist speculative fiction definitely bears the VanderMeer stamp: not only choosing their stories from every genre of the fantastic, including horror and fantasy but offering a greater preponderance of the surreal and the richly grotesque than one might expect in an anthology on this theme." --The New York Review of Science Fiction
"The stories here were written between the 1970s and the present day, with emerging authors such as Nnedi Okorafor side by side with established voices including Angela Carter and Octavia Butler. Highlights include Kelley Eskridge's tale of an actor equally at home playing John the Baptist or Salome, a story of gender fluidity heavy with desire; James Tiptree Jr's 'The Screwfly Solution', a chilling account of society falling apart as men's sexual and violent impulses combine; and Carter's masterful examination of the Lizzie Borden case, a vivid depiction of life in the 19th century, when three women could be owned by one man through marriage, birth or contract. This is a fine anthology." --The Guardian
"I like this book. I like this book a lot: there is not a bad story in the collection, and very few that feel slight or weak." --Strange Horizons
About the Author
The founder of the award-winning Buzzcity Press, Ann VanderMeer currently serves as an acquiring fiction editor for Tor.com, Cheeky Frawg Books, and Weirdfictionreview.com. She was the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales for five years, during which time she was nominated three times for the Hugo Award, winning one. Along with nominations for the Shirley Jackson Award, she also has won a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Award.. A three-time World Fantasy Award winner and 13-time nominee, Jeff VanderMeer has been a finalist for the Nebula, Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and Shirley Jackson Awards. His nonfiction appears in The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian and The Los Angeles Times, among others. He is the cofounder of Weirdfictionreview.com and Cheeky Frawg Books.
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It starts with a story, written as a news report, about a woman whose words are considered so dangerous no one is allowed to report them.
I had only read one of the stories previously, one by Octavia E Butler, which was also in her Bloodchild short story collection, and it was a joy to read again. Other highlights were "The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet" by Vandana Singh and "The Screwfly Solution" by James Tiptree Jr.
The "Glass Bottle Trick" was a wonderful modern version of the Blackbeard tale with a heartbreaking twist. "The Perfect Married Woman" was the funniest and perhaps the strangest tale, about the nature of doors.
But really there are no weak links here. Each story is well chosen and adds something new to the conversation. Very well done.
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That said, there weren't any stories in here that were so inspiringly excellent that I immediately wanted to track down everything the author ever wrote- that's why I'm giving it four rather than five stars. The Grammarian's Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason was close though.
This collection is the ultimate example of the breadth and depth speculative fiction can achieve as serious literature. Every one of these stories conveys a literary message that could not be conveyed without its fantastical premise. The stories are different in style, tone, length, era, and genre, providing a broad survey of the world of speculative fiction. There are no poorly developed characters, no mindless battle scenes, no kludgy jargon—none of the failings of mainstream and pulp, but with all the inventiveness and creativity.
I plan to buy this book for every woman in my life, but especially for every male science fiction fan.