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The Other Half of the Sky
     

The Other Half of the Sky

by Athena Andreadis (Editor)
 

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Women may hold up more than half the sky on earth, but it has been different in heaven: science fiction still is very much a preserve of male protagonists, mostly performing by-the-numbers quests. In The Other Half of the Sky, editor Athena Andreadis offers readers heroes who happen to be women, doing whatever they would do in universes where they're fully

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Women may hold up more than half the sky on earth, but it has been different in heaven: science fiction still is very much a preserve of male protagonists, mostly performing by-the-numbers quests. In The Other Half of the Sky, editor Athena Andreadis offers readers heroes who happen to be women, doing whatever they would do in universes where they're fully human.

Contributors
Melissa Scott, Alex Jablokov, Nisi Shawl, Sue Lange, Vandana Singh, Joan Slonczewski, Terry Boren, Aliette de Bodard, Ken Liu, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Martha Wells, Kelly Jennings, C. W. Johnson, Cat Rambo, Christine Lucas, Jack McDevitt

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Publishers Weekly
Despite the efforts of numerous authors, publishers, and readers over the past several decades, SF remains a male-focused genre, with female authors too often overlooked by reviews and awards and female characters relegated to the status of support staff and victims. Rather than choosing between cursing the darkness and lighting a candle, Andreadis and Holt opt to do both, framing a collection of 16 woman-centric space opera stories with Andreadis’s understandably irritable introduction. The editors promise far more than they can deliver, with duds such as Jack McDevitt’s “Cathedral,” a clichéd paean to space exploration advocacy through fraud, but these are more than balanced by stories of genuine interest: Alexander Jablokov’s “Bad Day on Boscobel,” a tale of asteroidal intrigue; C.W. Johnson’s “Exit, Interrupted,” an account of cosmologically convoluted class warfare; and Martha Wells’s “Mimesis,” a first-contact story set against a voracious ecological backdrop. Space opera aficionados of all persuasions will enjoy these and the other stronger inclusions. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Challenging the predominance of male protagonists in sf, each of the 16 stories in this collection features strong, independent female characters and attempts a reconstruction of the genre itself. Freed from many of the male-oriented clichés, the selections present vividly depicted male and female, human and alien characters as fully fleshed individuals coping with a wide variety of issues. Contributors include Alexander Jablokov, Joan Slonczewski, Vandana Singh, Martha Wells, and Jack McDevitt. VERDICT Fearless writing and a broad selection of topics makes this a good choice for fans of woman-centered sf and excellent storytelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936460441
Publisher:
Candlemark & Gleam
Publication date:
05/12/2013
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

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