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  1. says:

    I really loved this book I was familiar with a few of the well known writers in this collection but most were new to me Favorite stories from it include The Miracle of the Lily from 1928 by Clare Winger Harris, The Tunnel Ahead from 1961 by Alice Glaser, Space Episode from 1941 by Leslie Perri I plan on hunting down other works by some of these writers The last story in the collection is from 1969, Nine Lives by Ursula K Le Guin The later stories are in the style of New Wave science fiction like you d fine in the Orbit collections Yes, there were a few stories that didn t resonate with me as much as many of the others, but variety is what makes for a good anthology I m hoping that Lisa Yaszek decides to continue with a second volume from 1969 to the present If so, I m buying it.


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    Miracle of the Lily 1928 by Clare Winger Harris Man is not happy, unless he has some enemy to overcome, some difficulty to surmount Amazing first story Just as humans took over for the dinosaurs so the insects are fighting to take over from man in this near future drama Told from multiple generations of the same family it is about what drives us, physically and spiritually, as people It is not enough to merely exist.This was layered, entertaining, and insightful Loved it The Conquest of the Gola 1931 by Leslie F Stone They were determined not only to revenge those we had murdered, but also to gain mastery of our planet A matriarchal planet is invaded by profiteers from Earth Those guys had no idea with whom they were messing The Black God s Kiss 1934 by C L Moore To wreak my vengeance upon Guillaume I would go if I knew I should burn in Hell forever After her lands are invaded and subjugated Jirel ventures to the underworld to seek a weapon rather than be raped by Guillaume and his men The underworld parts of the story were pleasantly Lovecraft y, but the ending was a disappointment.Space Episode 1941 by Leslie Perri The heroic end is the reserve of men, but when Lida s teammates falter she steps up.That Only a Mother 1948 by Judith Merril Quietly devastating story in reaction to the use of atomic weapons From mutations to paternal infanticide this was horror In Hiding 1948 by Wilmer H Shiras A mirror of the previous story, this is an optimistic reaction to the use of atomic weapons While the fallout kills, it also produces geniuses who can blend into society.If it were not for the difficult to endure parts about cat breeding, this would have been rated higher.Contagion 1950 by Katherine MacLean Max was eyeing the bronze red headed figure with something approaching awe I wouldn t mind being a Mead myself Ah famous last words A beautiful unexpected red headed savage welcomes a colony ship to his world This is a story of identity, sexuality, and acceptance It was unexpectedly light and rather sexy.The Inhabited Men 1951 by Margaret St Clair After the economy was well established, its hosts, had they known it, were potentially immortal Basic but interesting story about symbiotic lifeforms and misunderstanding Ararat 1952 by Zenna Henderson Poignant sorrow is a constant undercurrent among The People, even those of us who never actually saw The Home Delightful aliens among us, gifted humans story Published over a decade before the first issue of X Men And now I need to read Ingathering The Complete People Stories.All Cats Are Gray 1953 by Andrew North They sighted the Empress riding, her dead lights gleaming, a ghost ship in night space In a tame early inspiration for Alien, this spooky space salvage story still has some chills.Always trust your cat, they can see things you cannot.He Created Them 1955 by Alice Eleanor Jones Depressingly bleak post war dystopian future of sexism and a totalitarian regime.Mr Sakrison s Halt 1956 by Mildred Clingerman Look at the crazy things she did like riding the Katy up and down the line for thirty years almost every day, looking for the halt that swallowed Mr Sakrison This was a moving response story to the anger and violence over school integration.A southern woman falls in love with a Yankee with high ideals of racial brotherhood she was not ready to share On a halt to pick his fianc , Mattie, a flower Mr Sakrison hugs and chats with a black man Mattie is too angry by the scene to join them and the train leaves, separating them She spends decades riding the train to find the stop again It is not until she tells her young companion she would now accept the interracial embrace and join them that the stop reappears.Later the young companion, stressed over the burning crosses and baying hounds of her neighborhood laments, I realize how terribly far Chapel Grove still is from Mr Sakrison s halt All the Colors of the Rainbow 1957 by Leigh Brackett As the Federation begins integrating Earth with its people a meteorologist, Flin, and his wife meet vicious racial violence in a small town.As Flin prepares to return home for psychological counseling he understands the worst thing about violence is the darkness it imparts Flin wishes to be free of his newly discovered feelings of hatred, but not before taking revenge Oh no, not before revengePelt 1958 by Carol Emshwiller We have watched you, little slave What have you done that is free today I was close to tears reading this story about a hunting dog on an ice world She wants so desperately to do the right thing, to understand, but it s impossible for her to stop being a dog Ok, now I am crying, looking at my German Shepherd.Car Pool 1959 by Rosel George Brown Sweet and strange story about a couple reconnecting against the background of alien integration and some frightful child violence.The original illustration for this storyFor Sale, Reasonable 1959 by Elizabeth Mann Borgese A cyborg s resume pointing out the cost benefits of its value verses large scale computers or humans.Birth of a Gardener 1961 by Doris Pitkin Buck A relationship over two planes of existence is fraught by the conflicts between a visual and conventional learner Payne comes off as hard on Lee but why would you marry someone to teach you physics And if that was your goal why didn t you marry a physics teacher The Tunnel Ahead 1961 by Alice Glaser This was everything I wanted from Shirley Jackson s Lottery and did not get the normalization of the horrific.In a world of staggering overpopulation no one is told to limit their number of children Everything is fair, room is carved out for everyone equally But there s a catchThe New You 1962 by Kit Reed An unhappy woman pays for a dream makeover to impress her husband he just finds new things not to like about her.Another Rib 1963 by John Jay Wells Marion Zimmer Bradley When a small group of men is all that s left of the human race an alien gives them a chance to convert to women The story is about homosexual prejudices.When I Was Miss Dow 1966 by Sonya Dorman Boring story of a morphic single sex alien race changing their form to hustle humans for drugs.Baby You Were Great 1967 by Kate Wilhelm I hated this story, it literally made me sick, but I appreciated it s presentience The rise in popularity of reality TV leads to the abuse of its stars The hungry voyeuristic masses must have their thrills, whatever the cost.The Barbarian 1968 by Joanna Russ Alyx, aged warrior and thief, woman of the world, faces off with a man of legend Perhaps he is a god, perhaps he is a lie This was an enjoyable work of fantasy.The Last Flight of Dr Ain 1969 by James Tiptree, Jr The dying earth reaches out to a medical researcher for help Out of love for her he creates a plague that wipes out humanity These kinds of stories are usually full of color and gut punch, this was the dishwater slowing going down the drain.Nine Lives 1969 by Ursula K Le Guin A subtle study of identity and human connection A tenclone on the far reaches of space looses his nine siblings and must learn the about other human companionship.Average 3.82 Stars This was a wonderful and relevant collection.


  3. says:

    With a title like that, I was expecting this collection of short stories to have some sort of underlying feminist or somehow otherwise political theme Unfortunately, I was disappointed The stories weren t bad, but none of them managed to impress me.


  4. says:

    You need this book Right now I don t say that about everything I like, but I m saying it now about this This book contains 25 stories from Hall of Fame level female SF authors such as Ursula K Le Guin, James Tiptree Jr., and Marion Zimmer Bradley to people whose names you might be unfamiliar with Editor Lisa Yaszek includes a terrific foreword that talks about the history of women in science fiction The TL DR of it is that women were foundational to the beginning of the genre and to its rise The editor was not messing around when she put together this collection Although many of the stories are decades old, I discovered at least seven authors that I have never encountered before You will, too.


  5. says:

    021118 of the 25 classic stories i had previously read 11 so i read them again some authors familiar if not stories, mini bios at end, good range of 20th Century sf, as any collection some great, some less dates mostly golden age, most recent 69 great evidence key texts of sf are often short stories read great stories never seen before Contagion , Inhabited Men , All the Colors of the Rainbow , Nine Lives no critical text, only general intro, but if you know some history the dates of stories are great too and after all, this is 25 stories


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    This is a great anthology, not just for the stories, but for the thoughtful foreword and the lengthy biographies of the writers included There s a good mix of the oft anthologized and rarer pieces, and of known and obscure authors Some of the stories didn t age as well as others, but they are still interesting artifacts.


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    Stories online at LoA I ll add if I come across them Baby, You Were Great by Kate Wilhelm PELT by Carol Emshwiller of these LoA reprints include biographical sketches, original artwork and story notes Are those in the book, too Book Editor s comments, which are interesting She s a Professor of Science Fiction at Georgia Tech Who knew out the 1951 illo there That anatomically correct brass bra is also of interest And the question begs why not use that Big Axe first, to cut her chains Plus, I d forgotten how good looking Joanna Russ was in her youth.But, my God While this kind of reproductive futurism might seem suspect to us in the modern moment because it flattens the diversity of gender and links futurity to normative heterosexuality Methinks Prof Yaszek needs to read The Futurians and other such Golden Age accounts It s not that futurity required normative heterosex rather, that s all the publishers of the time would buy, and the censors pass The lives of the actual writers were, um, considerably colorful Even in the bowdlerized accounts that have survived Now, there s an MFA thesis for a SF grad student.


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    Lisa Yaszek, who along with Patrick B Sharp previously co edited the notable Sisters of Tomorrow The First Women of Science Fiction, here brings us a very special and even useful reprint anthology, whose impressive and wide ranging contents the first story was published in 1928, the last in 1969 than amply prove Yaszek s introductory contention that women who dream about new and better futures have always been with us Yes they have, and The Future is Female offers eloquent proof that their visions were intriguing, thoughtful, ambitious, complex, stylistically encompassing and, for all the futurism avowed by a genre inevitably rooted in the present, steeped in contemporary preoccupations and literary sensibilities, which now cause the texts to dually serve as historical documents In fact, along with the redoubtable The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, this is as good a one volume anthology survey of the history and development of our field as any I know.The twenty five stories by twenty six writers one is a collaboration are arranged chronologically, and to best appreciate the evolution of the field s tropes, thematic axes, and how later works parallax earlier concepts, I recommend reading them in that order My two greatest pleasures while working my way through this five hundred page volume were discovering writers I d never heard of before, whose included works have opened up my appetite for further explorations, and encountering new pieces by writers with whom I was familiar Rather than attempting to discuss every story, then, I m going to proceed in line with these two considerations.Before The Future is Female , I hadn t heard of Clare Winger Harris, Leslie F Stone, Leslie Perri, Alice Eleanor Jones, Rosel George Brown, Elizabeth Mann Borgese, Doris Pitkin Buck, Alice Glaser or Sonya Dorman, and on those grounds alone I m thankful to Yaszek for her historical acumen and discerning editorial eye Her inclusion of extensive biographical notes, arranged by author name, at the end of the volume is also extremely helpful.Now to the work Winger Harris opens the book with The Miracle of the Lily, which effectively evokes a vast sense of time and evolution, depicting the chilling spiritual coldness that would set in with the destruction of all vegetation on Earth in the face of an endless quest to maximize efficiency an early narrative foreshadowing of climate change fiction The story accomplishes this by lensing in on man s relationship with insects, and as was common in the late 20s and early 30s, ends with a twist In its original publication in Amazing Stories, April 1928, this surprise is completely spoiled by the illustration on the story s cover page Despite the fact that this story is now ninety years old , it remains one of my favorites from this selection.Leslie F Stone s The Conquest of Gola , from 1931, might be described as a yarn woven from the entangled threads of exploration and exploitation, and contains the beautiful line Their bodies were like a patch work of misguided nature Leslie Perri s generically titled Space Episode, from a decade later, generates a few moments of genuine tension, and ends on a memorable note of gender inversion, but its pulpy aesthetic has dated it Alice Eleanor Jones s Created He Them, from 1955, atmospherically conjures a fatalistic, post nuclear world of forced breeding its psychological realism makes the doom palpable, and it remains another standout.I wished I liked Rosel George Brown s Car Pool, from 1959, which features alien refugee children, better this was the book s only complete misfire for me, but folks and strokes are thankfully myriad From the same year, For Sale, Reasonable by Elizabeth Mann Borgese daughter of Thomas Mann takes the form of an ad attempting to refute inevitable technological and existential obsolescence Though its premise is simple, and was perhaps already shopworn at the time of the story s publication, it s brilliantly executed a kind of icy, mock reportage shell trapping a plaintive plea far below the depths.Doris Pitkin Buck s Birth of a Gardener, from 1961, is a sensitive and sophisticated comeuppance fantasy grounded in hard sf jargon that also lingers long after reading If Jerome Bixby s It s a Good Life 1953 famously adapted by The Twilight Zone in 1961 tickles your fancy, you ll dig this one too I found Alice Glaser s The Tunnel Ahead, from 1961, outstanding, an utterly masterful extrapolation of desperation, repressed angst, and mechanized heartlessness as a result of severe overpopulation It has for me instantly joined the ranks of J G Ballard s similarly themed Billennium 1962 as a classic on the topic.Finally, Sonya Dorman s When I Was Miss Dow, from 1966, whose single gender mode alien protagonist undertakes an exploration of humanity by becoming a female assistant to a male scientist, is a fantastically rendered extrapolation of the concept of malleability physical and psychological vis vis human gender norms and experiences I ll say, too, that Dorman s narrative hits my stylistic New Wave sweet spot strongly than any other in the book It also suggests one of the anthology s possible limitations its contents are drawn, almost exclusively, from traditional SF sources and periodicals, which may have somewhat restricted the project s ambit On the other hand, I m sympathetic to editorial decisions that impose ultimately necessary constraints, particularly with undertakings of this magnitude.Of the remaining stories, Carol Emshwiller s Pelt, published in 1958, strikes me as a wonderfully adept portrayal of communication among non human intelligences, as well as a poignant exploration of how freedom and loyalty can abut or collide James Tiptree, Jr s The Last Flight of Dr Ain, from 1969, like Elizabeth Mann s story, deploys a detached voice to intimate the profound despair underlying the actions of a man who travels across the globe spreading a deadly contagion Margaret St Clair s 1951 story The Inhabited Men is appealingly acerbic and almost fairy tale like in its tripartite examination of tragically fated space explorers its deft, wry touches remind me of C M Kornbluth at his best Judith Merril s oft reprinted That Only a Mother, from 1948, taps into common zeitgeist anxieties around families and nuclear mutation I d forgotten its clever inclusion of epistolary exchanges, and was glad to be reminded of it Joanna Russ s The Barbarian, from 1968, the third in her fantastic Alyx series, chronicles Alyx s temporary employ by a mysterious magician its seamless blend of science and magic, torqued by its cunning protagonist and sinewy plot, brings to mind Babylon 5 s Technomages Kate Wilhelm s 1967 Baby, You Were Great, in which actors emotions can be directly neurally accessed by viewers, posits a convincing manipulation of the human experience in the service of addictive mass entertainment a prescient look at psychic voyeurism as manifested by something, say, like reality TV Ursula K Le Guin s Nine Lives, from 1969, is another canonical entry, dazzlingly exploring the notion of cloning and what light it may shed on matters of otherness vs self, in the process suggesting new questions we haven t yet formulated.In addition to the writers I ve mentioned, the anthology contains strong work by C L Moore, Katherine MacLean, Zenna Henderson, Leigh Brackett, Kit Reed and John Jay Wells Juanita Coulson and Marion Zimmer Bradley whose inclusion will surely raise some eyebrows Of these I want to single out Brackett s All the Colors of the Rainbow as a particularly affecting and sadly than ever relevant take on racism this story, with a few tweaks, could easily sit alongside, say, Debbie Urbanski s When They Came to Us in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 Less gripping but still worthwhile are entries by Andrew North Andre Norton and Mildred Clingerman It is hard to meet a stranger, writes Le Guin in the anthology s last story, Nine Lives Even the greatest extravert meeting even the meekest stranger knows a certain dread, though he may not know he knows it Will he make a fool of me wreck my image of myself invade me destroy me change me Will he be different from me Yes, that he will There s the terrible thing the strangeness of the stranger In The Future is Female Yaszek s expert touch guides our transformational meetings with such strangeness, while simultaneously reminding us of the preciousness and vitality of these encounters.


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    Classic fiction stands the test of time without seeming dated I don t think this anthology can be considered a collection of classic stories If you re expecting feminist stories, I can t say that these stories are feminist either A few of these were readable and I loved In Hiding by Wilmar Shiras when I read it many years ago.


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    This was a solid collection and well worth the read for anyone interested in female or classic SFF I was hoping for something as phenomenal as Sisters of the Revolution edited by the Vandermeers and it wasn t quite so engaging as that but I really enjoyed this.Some of my favorite stories Only a MotherThe Tunnel AheadContagionIn HidingCreated He ThemAnd there were others I liked well enough but those were equally weighed with stories I didn t think much of This is set on chronological order by date written and the very earliest stories in particular I couldn t get interested in.


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