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'Women are writing many of the things male sf writers thought could never be written; they are making us examine tenets and shibboleths we thought were immutable. 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 Ellison In Women of Wonder, Pamela Sargent has 'Women are writing many of the things male sf writers thought could never be written; they are making us examine tenets and shibboleths we thought were immutable. 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 Ellison In 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 Sargent The Child Dreams (1975) poem by Sonya Dorman That Only a Mother (1948) story by Judith Merril Contagion (1950) novelette by Katherine MacLean The Wind People (1959) story by Marion Zimmer Bradley The Ship Who Sang (1961) novelette by Anne McCaffrey When I Was Miss Dow (1966) story by Sonya Dorman The Food Farm (1967) story by Kit Reed Baby, You Were Great (1967) story by Kate Wilhelm Sex &/or Mr. Morrison (1967) story by Carol Emshwiller Vaster Than Empires & More Slow (1971) novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin False Dawn (1972) story by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Nobody's Home (1972) story by Joanna Russ Of Mist, & Grass, & Sand (1973) novelette by Vonda N. McIntyre Cover illustration by Candy Amsden.


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'Women are writing many of the things male sf writers thought could never be written; they are making us examine tenets and shibboleths we thought were immutable. 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 Ellison In Women of Wonder, Pamela Sargent has 'Women are writing many of the things male sf writers thought could never be written; they are making us examine tenets and shibboleths we thought were immutable. 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 Ellison In 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 Sargent The Child Dreams (1975) poem by Sonya Dorman That Only a Mother (1948) story by Judith Merril Contagion (1950) novelette by Katherine MacLean The Wind People (1959) story by Marion Zimmer Bradley The Ship Who Sang (1961) novelette by Anne McCaffrey When I Was Miss Dow (1966) story by Sonya Dorman The Food Farm (1967) story by Kit Reed Baby, You Were Great (1967) story by Kate Wilhelm Sex &/or Mr. Morrison (1967) story by Carol Emshwiller Vaster Than Empires & More Slow (1971) novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin False Dawn (1972) story by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Nobody's Home (1972) story by Joanna Russ Of Mist, & Grass, & Sand (1973) novelette by Vonda N. McIntyre Cover illustration by Candy Amsden.

30 review for Women of Wonder: Science-Fiction Stories by Women about Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Olethros

    -Un concepto de partida sobresaliente y un resultado llamativo.- Género. Relatos. Lo que nos cuenta. El libro Mujeres y maravillas (publicación original: Women of Wonder. SF Stories by Women about Women, 1975) es una antología de relatos de ciencia ficción escritos por mujeres, con Pamela Sargent a cargo de la selección y de un estupendo ensayo que, a modo de introducción y demasiado actual en algunos aspectos de fondo a pesar de que han pasado cuarenta años, analiza la presencia de la mujer en la -Un concepto de partida sobresaliente y un resultado llamativo.- Género. Relatos. Lo que nos cuenta. El libro Mujeres y maravillas (publicación original: Women of Wonder. SF Stories by Women about Women, 1975) es una antología de relatos de ciencia ficción escritos por mujeres, con Pamela Sargent a cargo de la selección y de un estupendo ensayo que, a modo de introducción y demasiado actual en algunos aspectos de fondo a pesar de que han pasado cuarenta años, analiza la presencia de la mujer en la literatura de “lo fantástico”, tanto desde la perspectiva de escritoras como de personajes. Si hoy en día la disparidad autores/autoras continúa (como en tantas otras profesiones y trabajos), imagínense como era entonces y sorpréndanse, estimados lectores, con lo que ofrecían (por mi parte, solo indicar que, si no me equivoco, todas las autoras ya han tenido algún trabajo reseñado en este blog y varios en el caso de alguna de las escritoras). ¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite: http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    I was lucky to get into science fiction early, substantially through the excellent collections assembled by Judith Merril. Women in the field were rare then. In grade school at the time, I didn't give it a thought. She was my favorite anthologist at the time. The fact that almost all the sf writers I read outside of her publications were guys didn't strike me as at all peculiar. Then came the late sixties and high school and a whole bunch of women suddenly appeared in the bookstores and dimestore I was lucky to get into science fiction early, substantially through the excellent collections assembled by Judith Merril. Women in the field were rare then. In grade school at the time, I didn't give it a thought. She was my favorite anthologist at the time. The fact that almost all the sf writers I read outside of her publications were guys didn't strike me as at all peculiar. Then came the late sixties and high school and a whole bunch of women suddenly appeared in the bookstores and dimestore carousels. Some of these books had introductions making a point of the gender of the authors, proclaiming that it was something new and good and progressive. Indeed, it was often different, a widening of the genre. I'd been accustomed to the sciences explored being the hard ones, physics and chemistry mostly. The women were, generally and to my perception, bringing in the softer ones: sociology, psychology, anthropology. My own interests had moved from astronomy and physics in grade school to the social sciences, so this was appreciated. Maybe it even had some influence in this migration of interest. Pamela Sargent assembled in her Women of Wonder series and other, similar anthologies, some of the more prominent women in the field. Her selections were good and the feminist themes in some of the stories were, for me, eye-opening, even challenging.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pippi Bluestocking

    This is a collection worth reading - however, I warn you that it is terribly outdated. It was published in the '70s but the stories date since the '40s. While there are fine SF stories back in their golden age, the way authors treated certain themes might make one cringe today - and this includes women authors too. However, when viewed as a whole, every story in this collection touches on a range of aspects of women's lives, with most prominent the way women's bodies are policed by society. Read This is a collection worth reading - however, I warn you that it is terribly outdated. It was published in the '70s but the stories date since the '40s. While there are fine SF stories back in their golden age, the way authors treated certain themes might make one cringe today - and this includes women authors too. However, when viewed as a whole, every story in this collection touches on a range of aspects of women's lives, with most prominent the way women's bodies are policed by society. Read it for: historical reasons, Sargent's excellent introduction, the stories by Le Guin and McIntyre. Don't read it: if you have more recent SF by women available to read * = recommended * Pamela Sargent - Introduction Fascinating & illuminating piece of literary criticism. What is amazing about this collection is that it was published in the '70s. It is part of how women build their own presence in SF, not some literary professor's attempt to collect these stories later. Sargent's essay reflects that. Sonya Dornan - The Child Dreams Short poem. Judith Merril - That Only a Mother Early SF by a woman, centred around anxieties on giving birth in a post-atomic world. A similar theme with a similar ending has been revisited by Kelly Sandoval in "The Right Sort of Monsters". Katherine MacLean - Contagion First contact, contagious disease ensues. Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Wind People No comment. Anne McCaffrey - The Ship Who Sang Human brains transplanted into ships - lovely premise although the brains belonged to children with disabilities. No. For ships with brains, I recommend Ann Leckie's "Ancillary Justice". Sonya Dorman - When I was Miss Dow Alien changes sexes and finds out what it's like to be a woman. A fun story, classic example of what early feminist SF was like. Tiptree-awarded. Joe Haldeman's "Camouflage" (also Tiptree-awarded) deals with a similar theme. * Kit Reed - The Food Farm Fat girl is sent to a special school to lose weight. This stunned me a bit. It was the one story in the whole book that felt the most contemporary, as if it was published yesterday. * Kate Wilhelm - Baby, You Were Great Entertainment industry gone wild. A woman's life is on constant display and she wants out. Excellent. Pairs well with James Tiptree's "The Girl Who Was Plugged In", although the styles and stories are very different. Carol Emshwiller - Sex and/or Mr. Morrison This kinda freaked me out. Obsessive, frantic. Exquisite writing, but not my cup of tea. * Ursula Le Guin - Vaster Than Empires and More Slow One of the stories in this collection you will remember. Part of Le Guin's Hainish stories. A ship of explorers tries to figure out a new planet and they really didn't expect what they found (neither will you). Amazing dynamics between characters. Fascinating setting-as-character. I'm still unsure about how autism is treated in this story, though. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro - False Dawn Imagine the bleakest dystopia. Then add rape. The end. I understand where it comes from, but it is exactly the kind of thing that wouldn't be published today and rightfully so. It happened to be the last one I read from this book and it marred my whole experience. Joanna Russ - Nobody’s Home A future utopia where people can teleport (my suspension of disbelief died at this one) and everyone is very smart and polyamorous. Poor girl in the story is stupid - meaning, she has your and my kind of brains. Memorable, though not my favourite from Russ. * Vonda McIntyre - Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand Excellent. A healer with three snakes (isn't this the coolest thing?) must deal with inter-cultural conundrum. Feels like fantasy, but it isn't. Nebula winner, novelette that later became the first chapter of novel "Dreamsnake", also a Nebula winner - and also excellent.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendle

    Let’s start with my favourites. Plural, because there were a few strong ones here. Baby You Were Great was that perfect balance of fascinating new-tech sci-fi and creepy fucked up sci-fi. The idea that everything you see and even feel can be recorded for other people to experience, and how that can be exploited and manipulated. Lots to digest and unpack here, and that’s how I love my science fiction! In a much more subtle, understated way, I also really loved Nobody’s Home. In a world where Let’s start with my favourites. Plural, because there were a few strong ones here. Baby You Were Great was that perfect balance of fascinating new-tech sci-fi and creepy fucked up sci-fi. The idea that everything you see and even feel can be recorded for other people to experience, and how that can be exploited and manipulated. Lots to digest and unpack here, and that’s how I love my science fiction! In a much more subtle, understated way, I also really loved Nobody’s Home. In a world where instantaneous travel exists, this story speculates how that might affect love and family and friendships, in such an open and lovely way. It also touches on genetic engineering and the value placed on intelligence–higher and higher. There were a few stories I was really drawn into, but ultimately let down by, too. The one I have the strongest feelings about is False Dawn. Set in a polluted dystopia this story was at first really interesting, following a mutant woman with archery skills who was being hunted by pirates. I was all in on this narrative… until it took a terrible turn, leaving our main character defenseless, mutilated, raped, and suddenly falling in love with the random bloke who rescues her. Erm… no, thank you. Overall I really enjoyed this book, and reading stories written by and specifically about women. I will always need more feminist science fiction in my life, and I can’t wait to read more in this series. A longer review can be read at my book blog: Marvel at Words.

  5. 5 out of 5

    M—

    Crap. Even with the list of prestigious writers collected here, do not waste your time with this collection. Most of the stories contained in this collection were new to me, and apparently to be respected as a feminist writer in the seventies was to spend your time writing really stupid stories of despair and futility and dwelling on women's natural nobility being crushed. Do not bother reading: The Child Dreams (1975) by Sonya Dorman | A poem. Gaah. There are three anthologies of Women of Wonder Crap. Even with the list of prestigious writers collected here, do not waste your time with this collection. Most of the stories contained in this collection were new to me, and apparently to be respected as a feminist writer in the seventies was to spend your time writing really stupid stories of despair and futility and dwelling on women's natural nobility being crushed. Do not bother reading: The Child Dreams (1975) by Sonya Dorman | A poem. Gaah. There are three anthologies of Women of Wonder stories, and Sargent has placed a single poem — not one of her own, thank goodness, but bad enough — a the start of each of these anthologies. Honestly, why would you do this? Poetry can be an incredibly evocative medium, and I am passionately in love with many poems and select poets. This poem is not even readable. That Only a Mother (1948) by Judith Merril | Woman gives birth to child lacking arms and legs and doesn't notice, much to her husband's horror when he returns from war and get a chance to express this in the last four paragraphs. This story was apparently written to allow the author to explore setting half-hints and innuendos throughout a story. I cannot imagine that this technique was innovative in the 70s, but maybe it was in the 40s? It doesn't even rate as high as trite in reading it now. Contagion (1950) by Katherine MacLean | Group of settlers all set up to colonize a planet land and find a forgotten colony already there, and they're carrying a virus that turns the settlers into clones. Setting aside the fact that that premise is ridiculously illogical, I am frustrated with the focus of appearance in the story. Appearance and personal association with appearance is the deliberate focus of this story, which I know because Sargent has told me so point-blank in the preface blurb. While reading the story set-up, about all the female settlers finding the single (that they've encountered) surviving colonist (male) unbelievably attractive and fascinating to the extent that they all want to leave their established long-term relationships in favor of him, I really wanted the story to unveil that the colonist had some sort of pheromones that caused the women to respond this way, thus framing the story as a contemplation of love and desire. I found the actual story so much less interesting. The Wind People (1959) Marion Zimmer Bradley | Space-faring woman unwisely becomes pregnant (oops!) and, as infants are unable to survive in space, opts to declare herself dead and maroon herself and her child on a random, empty planet. Who would possibly think this was a good idea? Later, as the child grows to adulthood, incestuous desires develop. I really, really don't like Zimmer Bradley, and this story makes me dislike her even more. Aside from the nicely unintentional advocacy for responsible birth control and possibly for contingency plans, this story is pointless. When I Was Miss Dow (1966) by Sonya Dorman | Alien shapeshifts into woman for a time; doesn't want to switch back. This was actually passably interesting, in an extremely introspective sort of way, but not a story I'd ever recommend. The Food Farm (1967) by Kit Reed | Eating disorder somehow intertwined with pop-star infatuation; leads to psychopathic plan to force-feed people. Wut. Sex and/or Mr. Morrison (1967) by Carol Emshwiller | What the hell? I have just read this story thrice over and I can not even distinguish a plot, to say nothing of a point. Emshwiller's afterward to this story is quoted, "It would be nice to live in a society where the genitals were really considered Beauty. It seems to me any other way of seeing them is obscene." Emshwiller is a psycho. False Dawn (1971) by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro | Stuck in some sort of post-atomic dystopic future, a mutated woman gets raped, rescued, and limps off with her rescuer. That's about it. Nobody's Home (1972) by Joanna Russ | Convoluted tale of teleportation theorizing on how instantaneous transport would affect interpersonal relationships, but not boring. These are kind of worth your time: The Ship Who Sang (1961) by Anne McCaffrey | Okay. I am a great fan of McCaffrey's, and the novel of this same name is one of my favorites. It's nice that the opening chapter is recognized here, but it's far better to experience this story as part of a novel than as a stand-alone tale. Baby, You Were Great (1967) by Kate Wilhelm | Creepy creepy creepy story about voyeurism, rape, control, and ratings. Extremely well-crafted and powerful; not enjoyable at all to read. Vaster than Empires and More Slow (1971) by Ursula K. Le Guin | Le Guin is great and this story no less so, but it's keeping poor company here. Read it in a collection of her works instead. Of Mist, Sand, and Grass (1973) by Vonda N. McIntyre | A novella about a post-apocalyptic world featuring a fascinating blend of modern technological advancements and traditional behaviors, but rather rough and unfinished. McIntyre eventually developed this novella into the first third of an award-winning novel. Read the novel instead. To give credit where credit is due, Sargent's essay to introduce this anthology — Women in Science Fiction or Women of Science Fiction, depending on whether you go by the title listed in the contents or the title at the head of the essay — is quite, quite good; probably the best of the three essays Sargent wrote for these anthologies. But you may have to grit your teeth through footnotes sprawling multiple pages (Footnote 10 took up five).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Su (Beat.Books)

    Lo que más rescato de esta antología es la introducción. "Mujeres en la Ciencia Ficción". Me resulta tan apasionada y conocedora. incluso diría que queda chico, tengo la impresión de que Pamela Sargent podría explayarse más e incluso publicar un libro entero dedicado a ella. Motivo para una tesis quizás. Los relatos que incluyen son variados sin relación entre sí. Plumas independientes. Tengo mis favoritos como "La nave que cantaba" el poema "La niña sueña". Y algunos que no logro, todavía Lo que más rescato de esta antología es la introducción. "Mujeres en la Ciencia Ficción". Me resulta tan apasionada y conocedora. incluso diría que queda chico, tengo la impresión de que Pamela Sargent podría explayarse más e incluso publicar un libro entero dedicado a ella. Motivo para una tesis quizás. Los relatos que incluyen son variados sin relación entre sí. Plumas independientes. Tengo mis favoritos como "La nave que cantaba" el poema "La niña sueña". Y algunos que no logro, todavía entender, por ejemplo "El sexo y el Sr. Morrison" (si no me equivoco de titulo) no dejo de pensar en ese porque no le encuentro sentido. Sin duda, ha sido bueno conocer tantas autoras desconocidas.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cocodras

    Me ha encantado. Algunos me han parecido brillantes, me han dejado con la boca abierta y sin respiración. Imaginación al poder, bien construidos, con ritmo, tensión, haciéndonos pensar sobre temas todavía actuales y alguno de estos relatos tienen ya unos cuantos años. Me han fascinado casi todos: Los habitantes del viento, La nave que cantaba, Más vasto que los imperios y más lento (en este me costó entrar, pero luego... tremendo y fascinante), Bruma, Hierba y Arena... Por mencionar algunos. Sé Me ha encantado. Algunos me han parecido brillantes, me han dejado con la boca abierta y sin respiración. Imaginación al poder, bien construidos, con ritmo, tensión, haciéndonos pensar sobre temas todavía actuales y alguno de estos relatos tienen ya unos cuantos años. Me han fascinado casi todos: Los habitantes del viento, La nave que cantaba, Más vasto que los imperios y más lento (en este me costó entrar, pero luego... tremendo y fascinante), Bruma, Hierba y Arena... Por mencionar algunos. Sé que la ciencia ficción es un género que aleja a muchas lectoras y lectores, pero esta antología va más allá del género, es literatura de la buena.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gaelx

    Como en toda antología, los relatos incluidos son muy diversos, tanto en su estilo y longitud como en su calidad. Lo que se merece cinco estrellas (o más) es la labor de curadora de Pamela Sargent. El extenso prólogo en el que repasa la presencia de las mujeres en la ciencia ficción, tanto como autoras como entre sus personajes, es impagable. Está repleto de referencias a novelas y relatos (todos previos a 1974, cuando se publica originalmente esta antología). Además, cada trabajo seleccionado Como en toda antología, los relatos incluidos son muy diversos, tanto en su estilo y longitud como en su calidad. Lo que se merece cinco estrellas (o más) es la labor de curadora de Pamela Sargent. El extenso prólogo en el que repasa la presencia de las mujeres en la ciencia ficción, tanto como autoras como entre sus personajes, es impagable. Está repleto de referencias a novelas y relatos (todos previos a 1974, cuando se publica originalmente esta antología). Además, cada trabajo seleccionado se incluye por mostrar alguna faceta de la experiencia social de ser mujer actual (o, para el caso, de la década de los 70) en su vertiente especulativa.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jose Antonio Granado

    Recopilación de relatos de la época de la "Nueva Ola", todos de geniales autoras y todos impregnados de esa "rareza" que podemos encontrar en los relatos de los 60-70 de ciencia ficción. La calidad es altísima y le quito una estrella simplemente porque por mi culpa no he sabido conectar al 100% con alguna de las historias. Para mi gusto han destacado por encima del resto los relatos de Le Guin, Vonda McIntyre, Joanna Russ y el de Ann McCaffrey.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carla B. Estruch

    La reseña del prólogo de Pamela Sargent ya la tenéis en Fábulas estelares y espero reseñar pronto los cinco relatos que más me han gustado. Cathurya los ha reseñado todos, por si os interesa.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Omaira

    Reseña completa a falta de caracteres

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jan Priddy

    I love this collection for introducing me to a number of wonderful writers. For introducing me to Vonda McIntyre alone, this book was invaluable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Warwick Stubbs

    Never have I read a short-story book where the introduction was longer than any of the short-stories. But it is worth reading, and shines a light on the state of women and their stories, both as writers and as fictional characters, in the world of 70s science fiction. First story 'That Only a Mother' is memorable for the type of reaction that might have been expected from the parents of a newborn that was "different". Hopefully the world has moved on and today the title might reappear as 'That Never have I read a short-story book where the introduction was longer than any of the short-stories. But it is worth reading, and shines a light on the state of women and their stories, both as writers and as fictional characters, in the world of 70s science fiction. First story 'That Only a Mother' is memorable for the type of reaction that might have been expected from the parents of a newborn that was "different". Hopefully the world has moved on and today the title might reappear as 'That Both Parents'. 5/5 'Contagion' was an interesting story that delves into genetic appearances and the prejudices that go along with that, while asking the always important question "just how important are our looks when relating to one another? 4/5 'The Wind People' had a great premise with a fantastic story that turned into a massive cop-out at the end. Disappointing. 3/5 'The Ship Who Sang' reads like a draft for an incomplete and unfleshed out novel. When I saw the "book" in a shop, I rejoiced thinking that Anne McCaffrey had taken the time to rewrite and expand the short-story, only to discover the book was a fix-up of more stories. There's great ideas here, but McCaffrey seems incapable of expanding those ideas. Unsatisfying. 2/5 'When I Was Miss Dow' - an alien inhabiting the body of a human and dealing with two brain hemispheres instead of one. Interesting. 4/5 'The Food Farm' Not sure how I feel about this one. It's about food. But it also about fat people. 3/5 'Baby, You Were great' by Kate Wilhelm I was looking forward to but it was ultimately not very interesting. I think it was a bout fame. Can't quite remember. 2/5 'Sex and / or Mr Morrison' Weird. In a good way. But also leaves you wondering "wtf???" 3/5 'Vaster Than Empires and More Slow' A well written tale about understanding and communicating that which is most alien to us. But I did find it a little boring to begin with. 4/5 'False dawn' Can't remember anything about this story. ...something to do with an apocalypse? ?/5 'Nobody's Home' Not the best thing I've read from Joanna Russ 2/5 'Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand' Though I didn't enjoy this story all that much, my partner did, and found it well-written. It details a post-apocalyptic world where a healer uses snakes to cure people. It is memorable though, and a number of images remain glued to my thoughts. 4/5 Overall, I think the Introduction by Pamela Sargent is the most interesting work in this collection, and none of the stories are classics, even if 'The Ship Who Sang' may have that status (or not - I personally think it's a clunker). All of the stories are well written and serve the purpose of presenting female viewpoints through the pages of science fiction.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dion

    Decent collection. The introduction isn't fantastic since it reads more like a massively long selection of short story reviews and grows boring. The stories themselves are a bit of a grab bunch. One of them has an explicit (and unnecessary) rape scene and while it's told from a woman's POV, it's really all about the man she meets and the people after *him*. Another story has every woman on a ship falling in love/lust with some red-headed colonist. A third has a son falling in lust/love with his Decent collection. The introduction isn't fantastic since it reads more like a massively long selection of short story reviews and grows boring. The stories themselves are a bit of a grab bunch. One of them has an explicit (and unnecessary) rape scene and while it's told from a woman's POV, it's really all about the man she meets and the people after *him*. Another story has every woman on a ship falling in love/lust with some red-headed colonist. A third has a son falling in lust/love with his mother who is denying that the natives of the planet exist even though she was impregnated by one. There was one really chilling story about childhood mutations and paternal infanticide, but that was it. I'd say it's worth reading if you have nothing better to do.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    An engaging collection of short stories, with an introduction worthy of reading all by itself. Many of the stories are rather grim and need to be taken in small bites. There were two variations on the theme of motherhood that I enjoyed. The two pieces of genius were Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Vaster Than Empires and More Slow,” and Vonda N. McIntyre’s “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand,” which (I believe) later became the novel Dreamsnake.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shamsia

    Recopilación de relatos cortos de ciencia ficción sobre mujeres, de mujeres y con mujeres. Sea un mundo post apocalíptico donde se cura con serpientes, un mundo más o menos actual donde a las chicas adolescentes rellenitas se las envía a adelgazar a la fuerza a un convento, un planeta donde va un grupo de gente peculiar con reminiscencias de "Solaris", una madre haciendo lo que puede para que su hija sea feliz, y una larga lista, el tema es el mismo. Y hay un relato para todas en este volumen. Recopilación de relatos cortos de ciencia ficción sobre mujeres, de mujeres y con mujeres. Sea un mundo post apocalíptico donde se cura con serpientes, un mundo más o menos actual donde a las chicas adolescentes rellenitas se las envía a adelgazar a la fuerza a un convento, un planeta donde va un grupo de gente peculiar con reminiscencias de "Solaris", una madre haciendo lo que puede para que su hija sea feliz, y una larga lista, el tema es el mismo. Y hay un relato para todas en este volumen. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin estaría orgullosa de ustedes, chicas.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Quinn

    A neat collection of short stories. Not all were enjoyable - in fact, I was bored with over half of them - and not all really offer much in regards to 'Women studies'. The only stories I enjoyed are ones that all deserve five-star ratings: "Contagion" was a masterpiece, "The Ship Who Sang" which was equally as epic, "Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand", and "Vaster Than Empires, and More Slow". The rest were, to be honest, boring and tedious in that they were capable of so much more, but still A neat collection of short stories. Not all were enjoyable - in fact, I was bored with over half of them - and not all really offer much in regards to 'Women studies'. The only stories I enjoyed are ones that all deserve five-star ratings: "Contagion" was a masterpiece, "The Ship Who Sang" which was equally as epic, "Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand", and "Vaster Than Empires, and More Slow". The rest were, to be honest, boring and tedious in that they were capable of so much more, but still enjoyable enough to not be rendered completely turned off by the idea of continuing on until the end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    A fabulous collection of classic SciFi short stories containing feminist themes which enhance the individual stories. New to the SciFi genre I couldn't put this collection of shorts down. Given the classic nature, these stories seem ageless. Great writing, huge fan of the feminist theme and it was great exposure to various authors. Variety was appreciated, definitely looking to exploring more of the writings from the authors featured.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Debo admitir que no me gustaron todas las historias. La última novela corta de esta recopilación y La nave que cantaba son algunas de mis nuevas favoritas. Sin embargo, debo admitir las obvias pero importantes diferencias de estos cuentos con respecto a los escritos por hombres. Hay preocupación por temas como la maternidad, el romance, la apariencia física y son casi tan importantes en la trama como la ciencia, los viajes, el descubrimiento de nuevos ecosistemas. Recomiendo muuucho este libro.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bookshark

    This is a hard book to rate, because even though some of the stories are great, several of them are not very good or are not science fiction. The best of the actual sci-fi stories: - Contagion, by Katherine MacLean - The Ship Who Sang, by Anne McCaffrey - Baby, You Were Great, by Kate Wilhelm - Vaster Than Empires and More Slow, by Ursula K. LeGuin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    The book contains 12 stories. I would say I liked, or really liked 8 of them. I few I didn't enjoy that much but they certainly weren't bad. There was one that was absolutely horrible though and I really don't even know what it was doing in the book. Besides that one anomaly (The Food Farm) I thought this book was well worth reading!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    A collection of stories which, not only through their explicit themes of exploration and empathy, but also in their pairing of boldness and sensitivity, feel current, even timeless. A book that triggered a reading binge when it was starting to wane, I'm finally reading for curiosity and discovery again.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dale Jones

    I was this collection was okay. I thought some of the stories had interesting premises but lacked execution. Some of them were great, others just boring so I skipped them. My favorite was The Wind People by Marion Zimmer Bradley, "That Only a Mother" – Judith Merril, Sex and/or Mr. Morrison" – Carol Emshwiller.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    This collection reminded me why I love science fiction! These are disturbing, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching stories representing sci-fi at its best. The introduction is a little dated when read today but it provides interesting insight into the world with which these authors had to contend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    CKE387

    Here are the stories that I liked from the collection: That Only a Mother by Judith Merrill Contagion by Katherine MacLean The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey The Food Farm by Kit Reed and Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand by Vonda N. McIntyre

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ideath

    Some of the stories are so highly anthologized i kinda sighed when i ran across them, but re-read 'em because they're still good. This was a gift from Megan, who spotted it in the goodwill books section and wanted to feed my ladies of sci fi binge.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brian Cohen

    Solid compilation of worthy stories, only four stars because there weren’t any that made me add other works by the author to my ‘want to read’ list, which the best collections do. However, the volume is pretty short. I would gladly read others in the Women of Wonder series based on this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Jazmín

    Una antología muy entretenida, que permite acercarse a muchas autoras nuevas para mí: solamente conocía y había leído a dos de las trece incluidas.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Little Pieces

    Algunas historias entretenidas, otras más aburridas.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    reviewed on SF Mistressworks: http://sfmistressworks.wordpress.com/...

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