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Women of Wonder: The Contemporary Years, Science Fiction by Women from the 1970s to the 1990s Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1st edition (July 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156000334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156000338
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

In an exciting collection, Pamela Sargent presents some of the most vibrant women science fiction writers. From Angela Carter to Connie Willis, Women of Wonder diplays a dazzling array of stories that reflect the variety of different literary paths women have taken in writing science fiction and the wealth of imaginary worlds they've created.

From Publishers Weekly

The companion volume to Women of Wonder, the Classic Years showcases SF short stories published from 1978 through 1993, and like that volume requires that each story be by a woman and that female characters play important roles. Pat Cadigan, Nancy Kress, Rebecca Ore, Connie Willis and editor Sargent are among the 21 writers represented in this compilation. The conquest of Earth by malevolent aliens who take over the bodies of patients resuscitated from cryogenic suspension demonstrates Tanith Lee's creativity with an otherwise familiar theme in "The Thaw." Lisa Goldstein ponders society's view of the elderly when "Midnight News" places Earth's fate in the hands of a neglected and senile nursing home resident. For a change of pace, Suzy McKee Charnas's "Scorched Supper on New Niger" offers a rambunctious ride to a planet inhabited by the descendants and traditions of tribal Africa. Like its sister, this collection is accompanied by an informative introduction and bibliography. It's important to point out that one doesn't need to be a woman to enjoy these books-they should be essential reading for any serious SF fan.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Paperback
If the title and/or the cover image puts you off, you might be right in this regard, but if you think it is a feminist absolutism or a cheesy collection of SF you are totally wrong! As a collection of SF short stories (regardless of any kind of sexism or which gender wrote these stories) it is amazing. It is pity that Amazon would not let you have a look inside the book to see for yourself some of these amazing stories, still you can go to your local library and page through it! I did so by sheer coincidence and it was so beyond my aesthetic expectations, to such an extent that I did not hesitate to order the book. In fact, as soon as I read the two first stories (Cssandra by C.J. Cherryh and The Thaw by Tanith Lee) I fell for the collection. It is a real joy. I wished it had a Kindle edition! The book is a MUST ... One of the best SF collections I ever read!
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By Luisah Teish on January 2, 2014
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I used to own this book in the 90's and I'm glad to see that its still in print today.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
The second collection of women's science fiction gives us insight into what has and hasn't changed. Here are some talents the common science fiction fan has heard along with a couple I didn't recongnize. What I found most interesting is that women still tend to focus on women as the main characters even after the reported "equality of the sexes". Reflection of innate views or sign of some progress left to make?
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