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Works by Athena Andreadis

The Other Half of the Sky (2013) — Editor — 96 copies, 4 reviews
To Shape the Dark (2016) — Editor — 18 copies
Dreaming the Dark (2011) 1 copy
Planetfall 1 copy

Associated Works

The Apex Book of World SF 3 (2014) — Contributor — 88 copies, 19 reviews
2014 Campbellian Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 25 copies, 1 review
The Moment of Change (2012) — Contributor — 10 copies, 2 reviews
Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0 Book Two (2014) — Contributor — 9 copies
Vector 295: Greek SFF (2022) — Contributor — 1 copy, 1 review


Common Knowledge

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This book was published twenty years ago, and a lot has changed since, both in science and in the Star Trek franchise. Still, the emphasis of the book, and the part that holds up best, is its focus on how questions of bioethics are portrayed in science fiction.
soulforged | 2 other reviews | Jan 7, 2024 |
An anthology of sf stories with non-male protagonists.
A mixed bag, really. Some good stories, some not-so-good, some clever and interesting, but a fair few unoriginal ones as well.
As usual, individual story ratings below:

- Dreaming The Dark, by Athena Andreadis
Too much of a rant about why more diversity is needed in sf, even if the editor is not wrong.

- Finders, by Melissa Scott (****)
A fairly long action-packed story in a world that clearly has a lot more back-story than is shown here.

- Bad Day on Boscobel, by Alexander Jablokov (***.5)

- In Colors Everywhere, by Nisi Shawl (***)

- Mission of Greed, by Sue Lange (**)

- Sailing the Antarsa, by Vandana Singh (****)
A poetic exploration of a beautiful universe.

- Landfall, by Joan Slonczewski (**)

- This Alakie and the Death of Dima, by Terry Boren (**)

- The Waiting Stars, by Aliette de Bodard (***)
Interesting start, disappointing finish.

- The Shape of Thought, by Ken Liu (***)
The characters are a bit one-dimensional but otherwise a fine story.

- Under Falna's Mask, by Alex Dally MacFarlane (***)

- Mimesis, by Martha Wells (****)

- Velocity's Ghost, by Kelly Jennings (***)

- Exit, Interrupted, by C. W. Johnson (***)

- Dagger and Mask, by Cat Rambo (***)

- Ouroboros, by Christine Lucas (**)

- Cathedral, by Jack McDevitt (****)
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igorken | 3 other reviews | Jan 22, 2016 |
I enjoyed the author's exploration into the world of Star Trek, space and science, what is possible, reality versus fiction, and religion. As someone who likes languages I disagreed with her views on Esperanto. (Chapter 8).
Carlelis | 2 other reviews | May 10, 2014 |
Most of the stories in this anthology reflect the theme admirably, and are in the good-t-excellent category. And most of these are at a minimum very good.

Both the introduction and the first story were excellent, and there were many other excellent stories throughout the volume. I'm giving it 5 stars on this account.

There were 3 stories I had problems with:

Cat Rambo's "Dagger and Mask" was an excellent story... but was almost 100% POV of a male character, which seemed to me to go against the grain of the anthology's theme.

And I plumb hated Terry Boren's "This Alakie and the Death of Dima". The set-up or world-building was completely obscure, and the story was written with such odd language that it made it pretty much impossible for me to figure out what was going on. Perhaps in something of novel length one could- if one cared to persist- learn how to read the really odd language... but in a short story which ALSO had a completely alien context- it was just incomprehensible, and even though I'm a completist, I gave up on this one about halfway through.

I also did not much like that Joan Slonczewski's "Landfall" was clearly a chapter in a novel; there was not a coherent plot arc in the selection, and one both starts and ends in the middle of things that are not at all explained. A chapter of a novel does not in general make a good short story.

Despite these 3 selections, the rest of the stories ranged from good to excellent, with most being at least very good. Very recommended if you are sick of the boy's club that often describes SF.
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cissa | 3 other reviews | May 5, 2014 |

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Aliette de Bodard Contributor
Vandana Singh Contributor
Terry Boren Contributor
Christine Lucas Contributor
Kelly Jennings Contributor
Alexander Jablokov Contributor
Cat Rambo Contributor
Nisi Shawl Contributor
Ken Liu Contributor
Sue Lange Contributor
Joan Slonczewski Contributor
Martha Wells Contributor
Shariann Lewitt Contributor
Kiini Ibura Salaam Contributor
Anil Menon Contributor
Kristin Landon Contributor
Eleni Tsami Cover artist
Constance Cooper Contributor
M Fenn Contributor
Susan Lanigan Contributor
Gwyneth Jones Contributor
Genevieve Williams Contributor
Judith Tarr Contributor
A.M. Tuomala Contributor
Elana Gomel Contributor
James L. Cambias Contributor
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