May 5th, 2009

20111112, Marilee


So since I had the NeBuPent yesterday, I started the cytoxan today and also started decreasing the prednisone. It would be nice to stop the prednisone because necklaces that used to sit a couple inches under my neck now cut into it, and my glasses make dents in the side of my face. I'm supposed to drink (and then pee) sort of constantly so I'm flushing the cytoxan as soon as it works. The last time I had it, my hair fell out, and that's a common side effect, so maybe we should have a lottery for when it happens.

I just had a very difficult discussion with Lucila. When I cleaned the utility room, I got the microfiber cloths off the shelf and washed them. She uses Pledge on everything and I only have one thing that's actually all wood. The problem with the Pledge is that it makes things slippery, and I sometimes use the furniture to catch myself or not-fall and that doesn't work when it's slippery. She kept saying "just a little Pledge?" and I kept saying no. So she's trying to do without.
20111112, Marilee

Flying Cups and Saucers: Gender Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

This book has a foreword by Debbie Notkin discussing why there's a Tiptree Award, and the stories are all related to the Tiptree. There are 13 gender-related stories in this collection and it turned out that I'd read six of them already. I was pleased to read all but one again. That one was "The Other Magpie" by R. Garcia y Robertson and the gender exploration was minimal, not to mention that the story isn't stfnal. It's not a bad story, it just doesn't seem to fit (maybe I missed something).

Otherwise, there are several stories with the transgender theme, but they were set in sufficiently different environments that they didn't feel too duplicative. There are some stories that show us how women became who they are, plus a couple stories that flip our accepted ideas. When I read the first page of one particular story, I thought "Oh, this SF trope" and then realized it wasn't that kind of book and immediately, accurately, thought that SF/feminist trope, but by the end found the first trope was there as well.

As I read, I wondered why there weren't books for other years, but there are other anthologies with fiction and non-fiction. I'll have to put them on my wish list.