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Amal El-Mohtar - 2017 Fiction, Short StoryOn International Women’s Day, several of the best writers in SF/F today reveal new stories inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted”, raising their voice in response to a phrase originally meant to silence.The stories publish on all throughout the day of March 8th.

Souls/Houston, Houston, Do You Read? (Tor Double 11)

Joanna Russ - 1983
    (1976)(92 pages)Houston, HoustonThe astronauts had the "right Stuff" to deal with . . . almost anything...Houston isn't there any moreLorimer comes through to the command module in time to hear a girl's voice over the speaker, "--Dinko trip. What did Lorna say? Gloria over!"He starts up the Lurp and begins scanning. No results this time. "They're either in line behind us or on the sunward quadrant," he tells Dave and Bud. "I can't isolate their position."Presently the speaker holds another thin thread of sound. A hard soprano says suddenly, "--should be outside your orbit. Try around Beta Aries."The first girl's voice comes back. "We see them, Margo! But they're so small, how can they live in there. Maybe they're tiny aliens. Over."Bud chuckles. "Dave, this is screwy, it's all in English. It has to be some UN thingie."Dave massages his elbows, flexes his fists; thinking. The three astronauts wait. In thirteen minutes the voice from Earth says, "Judy, call the others, will you? We're going to play you the conversation, we think you should all hear. Oh, while you're waiting, Zebra wants to tell Connie the baby is fine. And we have a new cow.""Code," says Dave.SoulsThe Vikings thought the pickings would be easy--but the Abbess was more than she seemed.The woman who had been Radegunde did not change; it was still Radegunde's gray hairs and wrinkled face and old body in the peasant woman's brown dress, and yet at the same time it was a stranger who stepped out of the Abbess Radegunde as out of a gown dropped to the floor. This stranger was without feeling, though Radegunde's tears still stood on her cheeks, and there was no kidness or joy in her. She said in a voice I had never heard before, one with no feeling in it, as if I did not concer her or Thorvald Einarsson either, as if neither of us were worth a second glance:"Thorvald, turn around.:Far up the hall something stirred."Now come back. This way."There were footsteps, coming closwer. Then the big Norseman walked clumsily into the room--jerk! jerk! jerk! at ever step as if he were being pulled by a rope. Sweat beaded his face. He said, "You--how?""By my nature," she said.(From the blurb in each novella)

Women of Wonder, the Classic Years: Science Fiction by Women from the 1940s to the 1970s

Pamela SargentJames Tiptree Jr. - 1995
    Included are works by Leigh Brackett, C. L. Moore, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Judith Merril. Introduction and Bibliography by the Editor.Content"No Woman Born" by C. L. Moore (1944)"That Only a Mother" by Judith Merril (1948)"Contagion" by Katherine MacLean (1950)"The Woman from Altair" by Leigh Brackett (1951)"Short in the Chest" by Margaret St. Clair (1954)"The Anything Box" by Zenna Henderson (1956)"Death Between the Stars" by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1956)"The Ship Who Sang" by Anne McCaffrey (1961)"When I Was Miss Dow" by Sonya Dorman Hess (1966)"The Food Farm" by Kit Reed (1966)"The Heat Death of the Universe" by Pamela Zoline (1967)"The Power of Time" by Josephine Saxton (1971)"False Dawn" by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1972)"Nobody's Home" by Joanna Russ (1972)"The Funeral" by Kate Wilhelm (1972)"Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand" by Vonda N. McIntyre (1973)"The Women Men Don't See" by James Tiptree, Jr. (1973)"The Warlord of Saturn's Moons" by Eleanor Arnason (1974)"The Day Before the Revolution" by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)"The Family Monkey" by Lisa Tuttle (1977)"View from a Height" by Joan D. Vinge (1978)

The Ice Owl

Carolyn Ives Gilman - 2011
    I have started calling this universe the Twenty Planets. I never planned to write linked stories; this universe just keeps luring me back because the rules are congenial. Humans have invented light-speed transport and (by the time this story takes place) primitive instantaneous communication. This creates some interesting situations I like to play with. For example, in this story I wanted to explore what it would be like to grow up as...

Apocalypse Nyx

Kameron Hurley - 2016
    Her favorite problem-solving solution is punching people in the face. Then maybe chopping off some heads. Hey—it’s a living.Nyx’s disreputable reputation has been well earned. After all, she’s trying to navigate an apocalyptic world full of giant bugs, contaminated deserts, scheming magicians, and a centuries-long war that’s consuming her future. Managing her ragtag squad of misfits has required a lot of morally-gray choices. Every new job is another day alive. Every new mission is another step toward changing a hellish future—but only if she can survive.Apocalypse Nyx is the must-have collection of Kameron Hurley’s five newest Nyx adventures.

Women of Wonder: Science-Fiction Stories by Women about Women

Pamela SargentMarion Zimmer Bradley - 1975
    The mightily thewed warrior trip is one of these. People like Ursula Le Guin, Joanna Russ, Kate Wilhelm ... are making that seem hideously ridiculous' - Harlan EllisonIn Women of Wonder, Pamela Sargent has assembled a collection of amazing stories which show that some of the most exciting and innovative writing in science fiction is being produced by women.Women in Science Fiction (1975) essay by Pamela SargentThe Child Dreams (1975) poem by Sonya DormanThat Only a Mother (1948) story by Judith MerrilContagion (1950) novelette by Katherine MacLeanThe Wind People (1959) story by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Ship Who Sang (1961) novelette by Anne McCaffreyWhen I Was Miss Dow (1966) story by Sonya DormanThe Food Farm (1967) story by Kit ReedBaby, You Were Great (1967) story by Kate WilhelmSex &/or Mr. Morrison (1967) story by Carol EmshwillerVaster Than Empires & More Slow (1971) novelette by Ursula K. Le GuinFalse Dawn (1972) story by Chelsea Quinn YarbroNobody's Home (1972) story by Joanna RussOf Mist, & Grass, & Sand (1973) novelette by Vonda N. McIntyreCover illustration by Candy Amsden.

Houston, Houston, Do You Read?

James Tiptree Jr. - 1976
    Who's off course now?

The Shape of My Name

Nino Cipri - 2015
    The Shape of My Name by Nino Cipri is a time travel story about what it means to truly claim yourself.

The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1: Sex, the Future, & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Karen Joy FowlerJoy Fowler - 2004
    Award. Created in 1991 to honor the innovative fiction of Alice Bradley Sheldon (who wrote under the pen name James Tiptree), the Tiptree Award is presented to speculative fiction that explores and expands gender roles—and in the process touches on the most fundamental of human desires: the need for sex, for love, and for acceptance. This collection includes thought-provoking essays by Suzy McKee Charnas, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Pat Murphy, and Joanna Russ.ContentsIntroduction by Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler"Boys" by Carol Emshwiller"Birth Days" by Geoff Ryman"The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson"Everything but the Signature Is Me" by James Tiptree, Jr."'Tiptree' and History" by Joanna Russ"The Lady of the Ice Garden" by Kara Dalkey"What I Didn't See" by Karen Joy Fowler"Travels With the Snow Queen" by Kelly LinkExcerpts from Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff"The Catgirl Manifesto: An Introduction" by Richard Calder"Looking Through Lace" by Ruth Nestvold"The Ghost Girls of Rumney Mill" by Sandra McDonald"Judging the Tiptree" by Suzy McKee Charnas"Genre: A Word Only the French Could Love" by Ursula K. Le Guin

Everything Belongs to the Future

Laurie Penny - 2016
    What kind of world have we made, where human beings can live centuries if only they can afford the fix? What kind of creatures have we become? The same as we always were, but keener.In the ancient heart of Oxford University, the ultra-rich celebrate their vastly extended lifespans. But a few surprises are in store for them. From Nina and Alex, Margo and Fidget, scruffy anarchists sharing living space with an ever-shifting cast of crusty punks and lost kids. And also from the scientist who invented the longevity treatment in the first place.Everything Belongs to the Future is a bloody-minded tale of time, betrayal, desperation, and hope that could only have been told by the inimitable Laurie Penny.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Dragon Masters

Jack Vance - 1962
    The winner of each bloody encounter has made slaves of the loser—but in this far-future conflict each side improves its slaves with genetic engineering. On Aerlith, men have bred Basics into fearsome troops; on Coralyne, Basics have developed grotesque mutant human warriors. The mysterious Sacerdotes watch and wait for Aerlith and Coralyne's final contest.Hugo Award winner, 1963.

Nebula Award Stories

Damon KnightJoseph Lombardero - 1966
    AldissAn invasion of invisible monsters strikes terror on an English farm.HE WHO SHAPES, by Roger ZelaznyThe science of tomorrow makes possible a new kind of psychiatrist--one who can enter another human mind and reshape it...if he dares!THE DOORS OF HIS FACE, THE LAMPS OF HIS MOUTH, by Roger ZelaznyA man measures his courage against a Venusian sea monster the size of a thirty-story building."REPENT, HARLEQUIN!" SAID THE TICKTOCKMAN, by Harlan EllisonA John Birch world of the future where tardiness takes time off your life, and a joker who's never on time throws jelly-beans into the clockworks.Four Distinguised Runners-up:THE DROWNED GIANT, by J.G. BallardCOMPUTERS DON'T ARGUE, by Gordon R. DicksonBECALMED IN HELL, by Larry NivenBALANCED ECOLOGY, by James H. Schmitz"The stories in this the quality of modern science fiction, its range, and, I think, its growing depth and maturity. Science fiction has come a long way." --DAMON KNIGHTContents ix • Introduction (Nebula Award Stories) • (1966) • essay by Damon Knight 1 • The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth • (1965) • novelette by Roger Zelazny 34 • Balanced Ecology • (1965) • shortstory by James H. Schmitz 53 • "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman • (1965) • shortstory by Harlan Ellison 65 • He Who Shapes • (1965) • novella by Roger Zelazny 151 • Computers Don't Argue • (1965) • shortstory by Gordon R. Dickson 165 • Becalmed in Hell • [Known Space] • (1965) • shortstory by Larry Niven 178 • The Saliva Tree • (1965) • novella by Brian W. Aldiss 234 • The Drowned Giant • (1964) • shortstory by J. G. Ballard

The Woman Who Loved the Moon & Other Stories

Elizabeth A. Lynn - 1981
    Lynn stands as a groundbreaking author of fantasy and science fiction. Her stories weave richly drawn characters and complex scenes of daily life into the intricate tapestry of speculative fiction. But beyond her technical skill, Lynn has changed the landscape of fantasy writing as one of the first authors to incorporate themes of gender and gay relationships into her work. Importantly, these themes are not part of the fantastic story line but simply of the unremarkable, normal relationships around which the fantasy occurs. This collection of Lynn’s early short stories serves as a wonderful introduction to her influential work. Soaring emotions, eloquent prose, and fully realized worlds are truly a joy to become lost within. That explains why the namesake short story “The Woman Who Loved the Moon” won Lynn one of her two World Fantasy Awards.With The Woman Who Loved the Moon and Other Stories, readers will delight in an author whose work George R. R. Martin has described as “the sort of fantasy we don’t see enough of: lyrical and literate, and a treat from the first page to the last.”


David R. Bunch - 1971
    They retain strips of flesh to contain their humanity. They live in Strongholds. They prowl the war rooms of their Strongholds and plan wars.Quite a world, Moderan. Come visit. The war is about to begin...Contents:- IntroductionPart I: The Beginnings- Thinking Back (Our God Is a Helpful God!)- No Cracks or Saggings- The Butterflies Were Eagle-Big That Day- New Kings Are Not for Laughing- One Time, a Red Carpet...- Battle Won- Head Thumping the Troops- New-Metal Mistress Time- And So White Witch Valley- The Bird Man of Moderan- Bubble-Dome Homes- One False Step- Survival Packages- New-Metal- Of Hammers & Men- The Stronghold- 2064, or Thereabouts- Penance Day in Moderan- Strange Shape in the Stronghold- Getting Regular- The Walking, Talking I-Don't-Care ManPart II: Everyday Life in Moderan- To Face Eternity- In the Innermost Room of Authority- The Problem- Playmate- A Husband's Share- A Complete Father- Was She Horrid?- A Glance at the Past- Educational- It Was Black Cat Weather- Sometimes I Get So Happy- Remembering- A Little Girl's Xmas in Moderan- The Flesh-Man from Far WidePart III: Intimations of the End- The One from Camelot Moderan- Reunion- The Warning- Has Anyone Seen This Horseman?- Interruption in Carnage- The Miracle of the Flowers- Incident in Moderan- The Final Decision- Will-Hung & Waiting- How They Took Care of Soul in a Last Day for a Non-Beginning- How It Ended

Graceful Burdens

Roxane Gay - 2020
    For a woman like Hadley, deemed not acceptable to procreate, there’s only one recourse. Unlicensed for motherhood, she can alleviate her grief and frustration at a “baby library,” where a curiously endless supply of infants is available for a two-week loan. But the borrowed life that serves as a temporary balm leads to a journey of self-discovery that will forever change the direction of Hadley’s future.Roxane Gay’s Graceful Burdens is part of Out of Line, an incisive collection of funny, enraging, and hopeful stories of women’s empowerment and escape. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.