Edited by Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin & Jeffrey D. Smith. Tachyon Publications, 2006.
This volume features the original short story that begins this year’s winner, Geoff Ryman’s Air, which also won the Sunburst Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Short fiction includes Aimee Bender’s “Dearth,” Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Mountain Ways,” Nalo Hopkinson’s, “The Glass Bottle Trick,” Ted Chiang’s “Liking What You See,” and Eleanor Arnason’s “Knapsack Poems.”
We are honored to include essays by Dorothy Allison and Pam Noles.
“A dozen award-winning and short-listed pieces probe the boundaries of sexual identity in today’s world and in imaginatively rendered futures…both entertaining and thought-provoking.” — Booklist
“A dozen writers pay tribute to Alice Sheldon (1915-1987), who as an SF author adopted the pseudonym James Tiptree Jr., in this eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction.” Publishers Weekly
“There is much to like, and even to love, in this third anthology of short-listed fiction. The lineup is startlingly impressive: stories from Margo Lanagan, Nalo Hopkinson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda McIntyre, Eleanor Arnason, Ted Chiang, and Geoff Ryman; nonfiction from Pam Noles, Dorothy Allison, and L. Timmel Duchamp; and, finally, a welcome and extremely challenging story by Tiptree herself, a glaring omission in previous volumes. Every piece is worth reading and ruminating over; some of the fiction is excellent, some quite clearly exceptional.” Strange Horizons
“[A]bsolutely recommended for everyone who is interested in a wide range of fantastic fiction with a taste for the experimental. An interest in gender subversion might enhance the reading experience, but it’s certainly not a requirement.” SF Site (featured review)
“With a cast of editors so stellar and diverse, one must expect a selection of stories equally diverse and one will not be disappointed. Jeffrey Smith’s opening essay sets the complex tone of this collection with an abbreviated clarity that is as admirable as it is entertaining.” The Agony Column
“I had so much fun escaping into the short stories in this collection of SF…. As I read this book it seemed as though the stories just got better and better.” BookLoons
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$14.95, Trade paperback, 274 pages
- Introduction, Jeffrey D. Smith
- Have Not Have, Geoff Ryman
- The Glass Bottle Trick, Nalo Hopkinson
- Wooden Bride, Margo Lanagan
- Dearth, Aimee Bender
- Mountain Ways, Ursula K. Le Guin
- Shame, Pam Noles
- The Future of Female: Octavia Butler’s Mother Lode, Dorothy Allison
- Liking What You See: A Documentary, Ted Chiang
- The Girl Who Was Plugged In, James Tiptree, Jr.
- Dear Alice Sheldon, L. Timmel Duchamp
- Little Faces, Vonda N. McIntyre
- Knapsack Poems, Eleanor Arnason