Subversion: Science Fiction and Fantasy tales of challenging the Norm

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'Traitor' or 'revolutionary.' These labels are two sides of the same coin, just as 'hero' or 'villain' depends on the point of view of the person telling the story. These are obvious concepts when spelled out in clear cut settings. Because of this, how one goes about subverting the norm (as a traitor or revolutionary) is based on what the norm is. What is normal in one society can be, and often is, taboo in another society. This allows tales of subversion to be subtle, blatant, personal, communal, and endless in ...
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Overview

'Traitor' or 'revolutionary.' These labels are two sides of the same coin, just as 'hero' or 'villain' depends on the point of view of the person telling the story. These are obvious concepts when spelled out in clear cut settings. Because of this, how one goes about subverting the norm (as a traitor or revolutionary) is based on what the norm is. What is normal in one society can be, and often is, taboo in another society. This allows tales of subversion to be subtle, blatant, personal, communal, and endless in variation.
- From the Foreword by Jennifer Brozek
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Publishers Weekly
Leib combines laudable ambition with remarkable mediocrity, selecting 17 tales of struggle and rebellion that are neither inspiring nor challenging. Instead, the authors paint carefully within the lines, offering conventionally banal stories of resistance to social conventions, economic repression, and brute prejudice. Daniel José Older’s “Phantom Overload” wraps the occult around an attempt to exploit familiar anti-immigrant sentiments. In Barbara Krasnoff’s “The Red Dybbuk,” the shade of a dead activist possesses her granddaughter, and the young woman’s mother is caught in the middle. RJ Astruc & Deirdre M. Murphy’s “Scrapheap Angel” depicts the weakest imaginable expression of individuality by a collection of thoroughly cowed and broken workers. The premise is interesting and several of the authors have done noteworthy work in the past; how these ingredients combined to produce such a bland meal is a mystery. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615533292
  • Publisher: Crossed Genres Publications
  • Publication date: 9/19/2011
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

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    Subvert the norm - highly recommended

    ¿Subversion¿ is an anthology of stories about people rebelling against the norms, of people changing their world and their lives, and of understanding the differences between truth and dogma. While ordinarily in an anthology I will find a couple stories I really like, and a couple stories that I don¿t like at all, in this anthology every single story was absolutely amazing ¿ perfectly polished gems, brightly faceted and brimming with life. Subvert the norm ¿ and read this amazing anthology! Highly recommended!

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