The Feminist Futures Bundle, curated by Cat Rambo:
In time for Women's History Month, here's a celebration of some of the best science fiction being written by women today. This bundle gathers a wide range of outlooks and possibilities, including an anthology that gives you a smorgasbord of other authors you may enjoy.
I used to work in the tech industry, and there I saw how diversity could enhance a team and expand its skillset. Women understand that marketing to women is something other than coming up with a lady-version of a potato chip designed not to crunch or a pink pen sized for our dainty hands. Diversity means more perspectives, and this applies to science fiction as well. I am more pleased with this bundle than any I've curated so far.
In her feminist literary theory classic How to Suppress Women's Writing, science fiction author Joanna Russ talked about the forces working against the works of women (and minority) writers. A counter to that is making a point of reading and celebrating such work, and for me this bundle is part of that personal effort, introducing you to some of my favorites.
Click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews and a preview of all the books!
Starfarers Quartet Omnibus - Books 1-4 by Vonda N. McIntyre
"With this third novel, Starfarers clearly becomes the most important series in science fiction. The rich cast of characters and their fascinating psychological interplay, the fast dramatic pace, the wit and brilliance of both scientific and social imagination, and the sheer beauty of the invention — wait till you meet the squidmoth! — make Metaphase the most exciting and satisfying science fiction I have read this year."– Ursula K. Le Guin
The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
"One of the very best treatments of the scientific method in fiction that I've read– I suspect it may be the best, but years on the Internet make me want to hedge everything– is the Steerswoman series by Rosemary Kirstein. .... It's a joy to watch the scientific reasoning process Rowan follows, and the plots have plenty of excitement as well."– Chad Orzel, physicist, author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog and Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist
Happy Snak by Nicole Kimberling
"Ms. Kimberling hasn't just told me a fun out-of-this-world story here, she has taken me to a fabulous new world and left me breathless with wonder."– Mrs. Giggles
Spots the Space Marine by M.C.A. Hogarth
"Spots is gripping. Don't let the title fool you; this is no comedy. Prepare to be sucked in."– Meilin Miranda, Author, An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom
The Terrorists of Irustan by Louise Marley
"Marley's acclaimed, exquisite prose and her universal themes of feminist heroism light the book brightly."– Booklist
Alanya to Alanya by L. Timmel Duchamp
"Alanya to Alanya is SF on a broader scale, with The War of the Worlds as one inspiration, but its metaphors apply to a very human tangle of loyalty and betrayal, politics and idealism—Wells and Orwell updated for the end of the 20th century."– Locus, June 2005
Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith
"Smith's tightly plotted SF thriller debut is an ace–sure to appeal to readers who appreciate well-drawn characters and sophisticated milieus… Smith balances a taut mystery with vivid characters and a complex, ever-evolving plot–a feat more experienced authors don't always achieve."– Publisher’s Weekly
Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard
"[E]verything I love about science fiction...[T]hese were characters that I didn't want to leave behind when I reached the last page."– Donnie Darko Girl review blog
The Birthday Problem by Caren Gussoff
"Love in the time of plague. Love twisted and straightforward, lost love and found love, fan-love and family-love, love unrequited, love consummated, love dead — Caren Gussoff delivers them all, in tender and brutal close-up in her addictive drug of a story, packed into a nano-bot gone neuro-botch narrative shell. Get ready for injection!"– J.M. Sidorova, author of The Age of Ice
To Shape the Dark by Athena Andreadis
"Most of all, these stories make the reader think. They challenge us to question some cherished conventions of the field./…/ If you like well-told, intelligent science fiction that respects the search for knowledge, you can't afford to miss this one."– Analog SF
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 beats $15, you get SIX more books: Starfarers Quartet Omnibus - Books 1-4 by Vonda N. McIntyre, The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein, Spots the Space Marine by M.C.A. Hogarth, The Terrorists of Irustan by Louise Marley, Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard and To Shape the Dark by Athena Andreadis!
Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!
Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.
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