Daughters of Icarus

Overview

Speculative fiction takes us to the moon and beyond, but where would women go if they had the wheel? These 28 authors have an idea, and the destinations are spectacular. From post-apocalyptic Earth to alien landscapes, these short stories explore imaginary worlds through the lens of feminism, revealing what could be for better and for worse. These provocative ideas give us a new way to look at our society...and at women.
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Overview

Speculative fiction takes us to the moon and beyond, but where would women go if they had the wheel? These 28 authors have an idea, and the destinations are spectacular. From post-apocalyptic Earth to alien landscapes, these short stories explore imaginary worlds through the lens of feminism, revealing what could be for better and for worse. These provocative ideas give us a new way to look at our society...and at women.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It is a sad truth that grand and worthy ambitions do not guarantee commensurate results. This lackluster anthology serves as an example. Brown’s editorial skills are not up to the task she has set herself, nor are those of the writers whose works she has selected. The 28 stories include Summer Hanford’s “Universal Underground,” a dystopic vision of the future; Ao-Hui Lin’s “Why Does the Manatee Sing?”, an odd tale of aquatic reproduction; and Heather Fowler’s “Practice Baby,” a fable of perverse affection. None rises to the level of competence, and all are handicapped by leaden prose and simplistic plots; the supposedly shocking revelation of “Universal Underground” is uncomfortably reminiscent of soylent green. Readers hoping for a classic anthology on par with Pamela Sargent’s Women of Wonder series should look elsewhere. (Apr.)
Library Journal
This collection of 28 short stories from a small press founded in 2012 explores many areas of speculative fiction, from fantasy lands of ritual and magic to postapocalyptic wastelands to modern cityscapes. Throughout, the authors explore themes of gender, identity, and autonomy, with characters as diverse as miniature clones, stripper vampires, aggressive mermaids, and mystical crones. Many of the stories focus on gender roles and the pull of relationships, whether parental, familial, or romantic, among all kinds of people. Standouts in the collection include “Plant Life” by Eric Bosse, in which houseplants become sentient, and Heather Fowler’s “Practice Baby,” with the incredibly creepy concept of robotic babies. Some stories feel a tad underwritten, but others have created intriguing worlds or premises that beg for further exploration. Note that both sexes are represented by authors and characters and that there is some sexually graphic content. Only five of the stories have appeared elsewhere, and many new authors are featured.

Verdict This anthology is not for hard sf purists, but it will attract readers who enjoy stories that open up more questions than they resolve.—Devon Thomas, Chelsea, MI

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939056009
  • Publisher: Pink Narcissus Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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