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12:39 pm: 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.

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From:guppiecat
Date:May 5th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Have you read Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff yet?
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 5th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
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No, and I went and looked it up and am not sure of the connection. Is that what I'm missing with "The Other Magpie?"
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From:guppiecat
Date:May 5th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
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The connection is the Tiptree. I read an excerpt in a different collection of Tiptree winners (book is at home, so I do not know the title). Then I read the book and it blew me away.

It's a psychological thriller that is actually psychological and involves interesting gender stuff that I'd never seen done before. It was amazingly good.

Sadly, his other books aren't nearly as good.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 5th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Cool! I'll put it on the wish list, too.
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