Synopses & Reviews
Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more) chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. 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 fictions engagement with feminism. Dark, satirical stories such as Eileen Gunns “Stable Strategies for Middle Management” and the disturbing horror of James Tiptree Jr.s “The Screwfly Solution” reveal the charged intensity at work in the field. Including new, emerging voices such as Nnedi Okorafor and featuring international contributions from Angelica Gorodischer and many more, this collection seeks to expand the ideas of both contemporary fiction and feminism to new fronts. Moving from the fantastic to the futuristic, subtle to surreal, these stories will provoke thoughts and emotions about feminism like no other book available today. Other contributors include Anne Richter, Carol Emshwiller, Eleanor Arnason, Hiromi Goto, Joanna Russ, Karin Tidbeck, Kelley Eskridge, Kelly Barnhill, Kit Reed, L. Timmel Duchamp, Leena Krohn, Leonora Carrington, Pamela Sargent, Rose Lemberg, Susan Palwick, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Vandana Singh.
"The VanderMeers (The Time Traveler's Almanac) have produced a well-curated and gorgeously edited selection of speculative feminist stories, including classics from the 1970s and Ã¢Â€Â˜80s as well as recent work by currently prominent writers. The stories, arranged thematically, flow into and bounce off of one another in a thought-provoking, dramatic arrangement that displays each piece in its best possible light. Highlights include James Tiptree Jr.'s 'The Screwfly Solution,' a terrifying exploration of femicide; Hiromi Goto's 'Tales from the Breast,' a darkly funny look at a nursing mother pushed to her limit; Angela Carter's 'The Fall River Axe Murders,' which builds and removes sympathy for Lizzie Borden in equal measure; and Rose Lemberg's 'Seven Losses of Na Re,' a meditation on memory and totalitarianism. There are no truly weak pieces, but Tanith Lee's 'Northern Chess' doesn't rise beyond its conventional sword-and-sorcery trappings, and today's readers will cringe at the attitude towards transsexuality in Pamela Sargent's 'Fears' and the employment of gender-shifting and androgyny as an attribute of evil in several older stories. Otherwise, this collection is a generous celebration of work both by and about women. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Ann VanderMeer is the Hugo Award-winning editor of Weird Tales and the founder of Buzzcity Press. She currently serves as an acquiring fiction editor for Tor.com, Cheeky Frawg Books, and Weirdfictionreview.com. She has also won a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Award for coediting The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. She is the coeditor of numerous titles, including The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals, Steampunk, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and The Steampunk Bible. Jeff VanderMeer is a columnist, a publisher, and the author of several books, including Booklife, City of Saints & Madmen, Finch, Shriek: An Afterword, Veniss Underground, and Wonderbook, the worlds first fully illustrated, full-color creative writing guide. He is the cofounder of Weirdfictionreview.com and Cheeky Frawg Books and has edited or coedited 12 fiction anthologies. His nonfiction appears in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He is a three-time World Fantasy Award winner. They live in Tallahassee, Florida.