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Lethe Press, ISBN Reviewed by Djibril al-Ayad This is the second annual Heiresses of Russ anthology of lesbian SF, collecting stories first published in Despite the naming of recently deceased Joanna Russ in the series title, this anthology is not full of the aggressive, uncompromising, acerbic feminist science fiction she was famous for, but is rather a mixed and representative selection of different styles in queer SF with lesbian protagonists. Of course, by no means all of the stories in this collection are in any sense romances, and there are exceptions to this tendency; sometimes, indeed, the divergence from simplicity and innocence is the twist in the story.
The fourteen stories in this anthology are extremely varied, spanning styles and genres and viewpoints and themes almost as widely as could be imagined. We find steampunk and urban fantasy, futuristic science fiction and cyberpunk; stories throw us pirates and graphic erotica and slapstick humor; the editors have even included dark horror and hardboiled detective stories, alongside subtle and gorgeous magical realism. Jumping from story to story is sometimes disorienting, but this is clearly not random hopping but rather a whistle-stop tour of lesbian writing that is as broad and inclusive as speculative fiction itself.
This inclusiveness is symbolized by the way the volume is bookended by two very different, but equally wonderful pieces. Set against a steampunk background, with the protagonist Sarah an expert builder of clockwork and golems, the story has a lovely simplicity that any wizard could envy—far from being unexpected or scandalous, the romantic twist to this tale is as inevitable as the turning of a cog, and as natural as the ticking of the hours. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Ruthanna Emrys Goodreads Author. Ken Liu Goodreads Author. Darcie Little Badger. Stories about lesbians, women who choose women as primary partners, lovers, playmates, and co-conspirators, tend to go where few men have gone before. Most of the real-life issues that lesbians must deal with, as women and as members of non-mainstream communities, appear in these stories in metaphorical form or as plausible scenarios in a future or alternate world.
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Lesbian Stories about lesbians, women who choose women as primary partners, lovers, playmates, and co-conspirators, tend to go where few men have gone before. Lesbianism itself was routinely described by the conservatives of the past as "impossible. The Heiresses of Russ series seeks to offer readers the best lesbian-themed speculative fictions stories published the prior year. Jean Roberta, M. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. Published October 21st by Lethe Press first published September 5th More Details Heiresses of Russ 5. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 08, Cheyenne Blue rated it it was amazing Shelves: dystopian , fantasy , glbtq , short-stories.
Ask it above. Heiresses of Russ offers readers in one volume the best lesbian-themed tales of the fantastical and otherworldly published during the prior year. Editors JoSelle Vanderhooft and Steve Berman have chosen stories that celebrate the spirit of the fiction of beloved author, the late Joanna Russ: stories of sorceresses and spectral women, lost daughters and sisters of myth. Welcome to a new annual anthology created in honor of the late Joanna Russ, American writer, academic, and feminist whose work shone brightly in the male-dominated field of speculative fiction of the latter part of the twentieth century.
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