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Heiresses of Russ 2012: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

by Steve Berman (Editor), Connie Wilkins (Editor)

Other authors: Laird Barron (Contributor), Desirina Boskovich (Contributor), Lindy Cameron (Contributor), Amal El-Mohtar (Contributor), Katherine Fabian (Contributor)8 more, Nalo Hopkinson (Contributor), S.L. Knapp (Contributor), David D. Levine (Contributor), Anna Meadows (Contributor), Sunny Moraine (Contributor), Emily Moreton (Contributor), Lisa Nohealani Morton (Contributor), An Owomoyela (Contributor)

Series: Heiresses of Russ (2012)

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Lesbian speculative fiction, most of it very good.

My favorites:
"To Follow the Waves" by Amal El-Mohtar. Hessa is a dream-crafter, but when someone commissions her to create a dream of the sea, she is at a loss. She doesn't like the sea, or salt water, or beaches. Her art at a stand-still, Hessa goes to a cafe for a break--and there sees a woman so desirable that Hessa is truly inspired for the first time. Beautifully told, with an emotionally complex plot. I've never read anything like it.

"Ours is the Prettiest," by Nalo Hopkinson, is a wonderful mixture of urban and fairy, set in Bordertown.

"D is for Delicious," by Steve Berman is the tale of one school nurse's struggle between starvation and eating children. It's delightfully macabre.

"God in the Sky" by An Awomoyela. A new and unexplained astronomical phenomenon appears, and an astronomer tries to work out what to think. Thoughtful without being preachy or clear-cut.


My least favorite:
"Feedback" by Lindy Cameron is hackneyed old-school cyberpunk. Nothing feels believable, the main character has basically no personality beyond "would-be noir," and the writing is clunky and hard to follow, with more than its fair share of imaginary "futuristic" slang. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Often clever, often sexy, sometimes deeply touching, and always inventive, this new collection introduced me to several authors I'll be keeping an eye on. Touching on issues of disability, domestic violence, racism, and other difficult topics, these stories don't shy away from the kind of truth-telling enabled by the best of imaginative settings. ( )
  theophila | Aug 18, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Berman, SteveEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilkins, ConnieEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Barron, LairdContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boskovich, DesirinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cameron, LindyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
El-Mohtar, AmalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fabian, KatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hopkinson, NaloContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knapp, S.L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levine, David D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Meadows, AnnaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moraine, SunnyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moreton, EmilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morton, Lisa NohealaniContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Owomoyela, AnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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