Eleanor Arnason, ,
A story that explores the boundaries of personal identity, and the relationship between personal identity and gender, in the context of a culture where the basic unit of identity is a “team” rather than a single biological individual.
“Liking What You See: A Documentary”
Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others, Tor
This story presents what’s literally a different way of thinking. It makes the familiar (perception of beauty) seem strange, and makes what we normally consider necessary seem contingent. It doesn’t deal directly with gender, but rather works by implication: it raises questions about how many of our ideas about gender are tied in to contingent habits of thought.
John Clute, Tor Books (US), Orbit (UK)
An homage to science fiction, with barely a trope untouched. Sexuality and sexual imagery are central to the book, which shuffles through the implications of dimorphism and dualism as components of human thought and experience.
“What I Didn’t See”
Karen Joy Fowler, ,
In dialogue with the Tarzan stories and with Tiptree’s “The Women Men Don’t See”, this story examines gender and heterosexual attraction within the frame of an emerging feminist and ethical consciousness. Not eligible for the Tiptree Award, because the author is one of the founding mothers.
“Madonna of the Maquiladora”
Gregory Frost, ,
This coolly told story is in large part about the way women (and men) are treated in the maquiladoras of Juarez. It explores several kinds of power relationships: dispossession, complicity in institutional oppression, the blindness of well-meaning individual help, the self-image of masculinity as a mark of colonial identity.
The Melancholy of Anatomy
Shelley Jackson, Anchor Books
A collection of thematically linked short stories that, taken together, form a unified whole: surrealist play on sexuality, gender, and the body.
Salt Fish Girl
Larissa Lai, Thomas Allen & Son, Ltd. (CA)
A beautifully written novel about class and female identity. Salt Fish Girl draws on Chinese mythology, and is simultaneously fantasy and science fiction.
Conjunctions 39: The New Wave Fabulists
Peter Straub (ed.),
Many of the stories in this anthology deal with gender issues in one way or another. Some of the most interesting stories are the ones by John Crowley, Elizabeth Hand, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, James Morrow, and Paul Park.