The 2019 Feminist Futures Bundle, curated by Cat Rambo: I always enjoy putting together StoryBundles, and particularly Feminist Futures ones for Women's History Month. This bundle brings together some terrific reading that is some of the best offered by independent and small press publishing. It's my attempt to celebrate the excellent work being written by today's female speculative fiction authors.
The first recorded writer is the Akkadian/Sumerian poet and hymn writer Enheduanna (2285 BCE-2250 BCE), a woman whose work influenced a group of others that includes the psalms and prayers of the Bible and Greece's Homeric hymns. Women have always been part of science fiction, whether it was Margaret Cavendish's beating Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs to the center of the Earth in The Blazing World, Mary Shelley's commentary on science, humanity, and the parent/child relationship in Frankenstein, or Charlotte Perkins Gilman writing an alternative — and often appealing — society in Herland.
But somehow women often — perhaps even usually — get erased, overall. A few figures linger, perhaps because their impact is so undeniable that they cannot be obliterated, or perhaps tolerated for some other reason, but many of the female figures — Miriam DeFord, Zenna Henderson, Judith Merrill, Katherine MacLean — fade away. Certainly it's not a phenomenon restricted to one gender — and it's affected by race, sexuality, and similar factors as well — but women seem especially prey to it and one facet of feminism is finding, celebrating, and amplifying those voices so they survive in order to inform and teach the world to come.
Read more about the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews and a preview of all the books!
Albatross by R.A. MacAvoy and Nancy L. Palmer
"This book has MacAvoy's signature of extraordinary character development coupled with really good storytelling."– Amazon Review
Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer
"Kritzer's flawless collection taps deep wells of emotion and wonder. In the Hugo-winning title story, the internet becomes intelligent and decides that it will try to keep people from harming themselves—if they feed it pictures of cats. . . Her work is indisputably speculative, but it's a perfect entry point to the genre for readers who prefer fantastical and futuristic elements to stay more in the background, with human (and robotic) feelings always at the fore. This splendid treat is not to be missed."– Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Child Goddess by Louise Marley
"When you read the first few pages . . . you think you're headed into familiar SF territory. You couldn't be more wrong. The place you're going, under Louise Marley's gifted guidance, is one you've never been before: a world of troubling mysteries and even more troubling answers, of lost colonies and lost souls. It's a revelation. And a journey you won't want to miss."– Connie Willis
Exile by Lisa M. Bradley
"Exile is a thrilling adventure that snags the reader on page one and never lets up. Bradley offers sharp examinations of how our society forces marginalized people further into the margins, and the community and complex relationships within Exile are as gripping as the action sequences. Heidi is a fascinating narrator whose flaws and strengths are equally compelling. I've never read anything quite like this, and I loved every moment of it!"– Julia Rios, editor, Fireside Magazine
Snapshots from a Black Hole and Other Oddities by K.C. Ball
➢"Snapshots From a Black Hole & Other Oddities is a treasure chest of interesting, wacky, sometimes dark and off-beat characters paired with convoluted and surprising plots … She is clearly a connoisseur of story and she does story very, very well here, time and again."– Mary Rosenblum
Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett
"Some of the praise heaped on this book includes the words "audacious," "ambitious," and "hard to believe this is a first novel." These are all entirely apt ...[E]very once in a while it's great to see a book with such unconventional structure, that takes the genre playbook, tears all the pages out and shuffles them back together, and still manages to tell both one and many moving and satisfying stories."– Locus, Karen Burnhm, April, 201
The Goodall Mutiny by Gretchen Rix
"It reminded me of listening to the radio mystery theater. I am looking forward (to) reading book 2."– Amazon Review
Queen of Roses by Elizabeth McCoy
[T]his is a wonderful story, with a good-hearted and oft frustrated-by-human-illogic narrator (with whom I suspect many people will identify), and just enough adventure to give you an excuse to hang out with the characters of the good ship Queen of Roses.– MCA Hogarth, author of the Princess' Game series
Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
"[A] dazzling work of science fiction…an intoxicating, almost hallucinogenic journey into a vision of Earth's future…. Those familiar with Hairston's plays will recognize her style here: sweeping and poetic, multi-dimensional, tackling complex issues of race, gender and politics…. It's an enormous vision that Hairston offers to us, and a beautiful one. The book is a complicated message of redemption and hope for humanity."– The Women’s Times
Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price is $15 or more, you get SIX more books: Albatross by R.A. MacAvoy and Nancy L. Palmer, Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer, The Child Goddess by Louise Marley, Exile by Lisa M. Bradley, The Goodall Mutiny by Gretchen Rix and Mindscape by Andrea Hairston!
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