Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

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by Connie Wilkins
     
 

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In this, the second release in the annual Heiresses of Russ series, Lambda Literary Award winning editor Connie Wilkins joins Steve Berman in choosing the best of the prior year's published speculative fiction with lesbian themes. An unexplained astronomical phenomenon brings a woman and her grandfather closer while she questions the meaning of faith. African

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In this, the second release in the annual Heiresses of Russ series, Lambda Literary Award winning editor Connie Wilkins joins Steve Berman in choosing the best of the prior year's published speculative fiction with lesbian themes. An unexplained astronomical phenomenon brings a woman and her grandfather closer while she questions the meaning of faith. African villagers are sent automatons rather than human relief workers. Mermaids devour men drawn by their song but what will happen to a steampunk submersible piloted by a woman? Two teenage girls discover that memories are held in the fine aromas of perfumes. A family of sisters in Mexico discover a fallen angel. These are tales of the strange, the wondrous, the eerie but all are richly told stories of women facing the unknown and how they are changed by the experience.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The second installment of this annual series is high on adventure and lyrical storytelling, and low on identity angst and feminist politics. A few of the stories focus on romance, like Desirina Boskovich’s gentle “Thirteen Incantations” and Amal El-Mohtar’s gorgeous fable “To Follow the Waves.” Lindy Cameron’s “Feedback” uses female attraction as a minor point in a tale of sleuthing in a dystopic virtual reality. Sunny Moraine’s “The Thick Night” is much more about the humanity of artificial life than its gender. Several of the fantasy selections use the witch as a classic symbol of female mystery and power, but the stories have a good breadth of setting, and each has a distinctive voice. Showcasing a mix of authors, from superstars like Nalo Hopkinson to promising newcomers like S.L. Knapp, this solid, well-chosen collection will be enjoyed by genre fans of all genders and orientations. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590211595
Publisher:
Lethe Press
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ElaineB More than 1 year ago
I don’t consider myself a “fan” of speculative fiction. I am a fan of good writing and this book is chock full of it. Did I love every story? No, and I won’t bother to give a story-by-story analysis, but each is extremely well written so there’s going to be something for everyone here. I think of novels comparable to “please some of the people all of the time” and anthologies as “please all of the people some of the time.” If you want “engrossing speculative fiction stories with fully developed lesbian characters,” as Wilkins writes in her intro, “Here you go.” She more than makes good on that promise. I like having my boundaries expanded and it was pure joy to know that each story was going to feature a strong female main character. A wonderful collection of stories from an amazing array of talented writers.