Marilee J. Layman (mjlayman) wrote,
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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.
Tags: books

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