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.
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