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The world of women warriors as Kanshhou Femmedarmes, Vigilantes, and Amahs is exemplified by Steward/Magister Zella Terremoto Adverb and her former Kanshoumate and lover, Jezebel Stronglaces. They prove opposites attract in a time when the fragile anchor of worldwide peace maintained by the Kanshou is threatened with the prospect of habitante rebellion against medical testing to determine a physiological cause of violence in humans. Possible political protocols that would mandate action regarding this physiology have the mostly male offenders in upheaval.
In this world where women can spoon together and fly, where creatures have learned to "go shy," where a mysterious tekkla material automatically adjusts to body temperature, "Zude" Adverb struggles to extend beyond her practical and driven nature to discover a more spiritual self. Jez Stronglaces examines herpsychic power and her rigid attitudes toward male behavior. Both wonder at the nature of Fate and the existence of the gods. Each is assisted by a rich entourage of loyal friends, lovers, mentors, and compatriots.
Gearhart's genius is revealed in the unexpected common destination at which these clashing leaders arrive, bringing their white-hot personal and political passion to a critical moment in time.
Author Biography: Sally Miller Gearhart grew up in Virginia and found her first love at a women's college. After inhabiting a dark closet for twenty years, she burst onto the political scene of the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. San Francisco State University hired her as an open lesbian and tenured her in 1974. She taught there for two decades, helping to found the school's radical Women's Studies Program and publishing three books. Scores of her articles and stories have been anthologized in feminist publications.
Sally is well know for her leadership (along with Supervisor Harvey Milk) in defeating the 1978 Briggs Initiative in California, which was designed to bar homosexuality and homosexuals from schools. This decisive victory helped turn the tide for lesbian and gay civil rights across the country. In 1984, Sally appeared in the The Times of Harvey Milk, the Academy Award-winning documentary that chronicled that political era. She has also been an activist for animal rights and Earth First!, and now lives on a mountain of contradictions with many cats and a blue-tick coon hound in a Mendocino County women's community.