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Maureen F. McHugh

Author of China Mountain Zhang

46+ Works 3,402 Members 133 Reviews 16 Favorited

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Works by Maureen F. McHugh

China Mountain Zhang (1992) 1,370 copies
Mission Child (1998) 360 copies
Half the Day is Night (1994) — Author — 354 copies
Nekropolis (2001) 320 copies
Ancestor Money 7 copies

Associated Works

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection (1993) — Contributor — 432 copies
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Contributor — 202 copies
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Contributor — 197 copies
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2013) — Contributor — 187 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 175 copies
Trampoline: An Anthology (2003) — Contributor — 169 copies
Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2009) — Contributor — 160 copies
Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2007) — Contributor — 150 copies
Starlight 1 (1996) — Contributor — 132 copies
Alternate Warriors (1993) — Contributor — 130 copies
Killing Me Softly: Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love (1995) — Contributor — 130 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Good New Stuff: Adventure in SF in the Grand Tradition (1999) — Contributor — 113 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contributor — 104 copies
Starlight 3 (2001) — Contributor — 103 copies
Wastelands: The New Apocalypse (2019) — Contributor — 90 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition (2012) — Contributor — 90 copies
After the End: Recent Apocalypses (2013) — Contributor; Contributor — 88 copies
New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction (2003) — Contributor — 87 copies
Alternate Outlaws (1994) — Contributor — 86 copies
Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2010) — Contributor — 81 copies
CYBERSEX (1996) — Contributor — 77 copies
Aladdin: Master of the Lamp (1992) — Contributor — 66 copies
Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 65 copies
The Book of Witches: An Anthology (2023) — Contributor — 61 copies
Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow (2019) — Contributor — 59 copies
Alternate Tyrants (1997) — Contributor — 59 copies
Zombies: More Recent Dead (2014) — Contributor — 56 copies
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Contributor — 51 copies
Christmas Ghosts (1993) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 (2021) — Contributor — 43 copies
Return of the Dinosaurs (1997) — Contributor — 41 copies
A Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales (2003) — Contributor — 41 copies
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (1994) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018 Edition (2018) — Contributor — 35 copies
Polyphony 1 (2002) — Contributor — 32 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Global Dystopias (Boston Review / Forum) (2017) — Contributor — 29 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 086 (November 2013) (2013) — Contributor — 11 copies
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 22 (2008) — Contributor — 8 copies
Tor.com Short Fiction: July/Aug 2020 (2020) — Contributor — 8 copies
Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories (2019) — Contributor — 8 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 18 • November 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 75 • August 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 7 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 45: March/April 2022 (2022) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy, Volume Two (2023) — Contributor — 3 copies
Reactor Magazine Short Fiction: Jan/Feb 2024 — Contributor — 2 copies
Apex Magazine 33 (February 2012) (2012) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Did I pick it for the title? Yes, or at least that was a bonus. Interesting and mildly unsettling collection. They do read like the stories of someone who wants to write novels, and I'll happily try the novels.
 
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Kiramke | 15 other reviews | Apr 16, 2024 |
I liked the premise (airports are all so alike that you can wander between them sometimes), and setting it against Amelia's mundane relationship and work problems added to the eerie feeling of unreality in the airports. The ending kind of underwhelmed me, though -- I was expecting Amelia to leave the underwhelming boyfriend behind since that's clearly what she wants, but instead she just takes him along to the other airport?
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lavaturtle | Jan 17, 2024 |
4.5 stars really. McHugh has such a gift for telling naturalistic, character-driven stories that are nevertheless intense and dramatic. Her books teach me so much about how to write SF.

Jan(na)'s story of loss and self-discovery on a colony world doesn't have a tidy plot or global stakes, but it is so memorable and rewarding—a study of character and culture in the tradition of Ursula K. Le Guin.
 
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raschneid | 12 other reviews | Dec 19, 2023 |
A very sad SF novel about the obligations of culture, family, and situational necessity, set in a future Morocco. Hariba is biologically programmed to be an indentured servant; Akhmin is an artificial person bred to serve humans. They're drawn to one another, but even if they can find freedom, it's difficult for either of them to distinguish love from obligation.

I read McHugh's short story "Nekropolis" years ago and adored it. The prose is spare and beautiful and the characters are alive on the page. The novel, with its multiple points of view, is bleaker but more complex. Akhmin emerges as the most interesting character; his perspective is brilliantly alien, yet we empathize with them during his toughest decisions.

Additionally, I have now read a few romances featuring androids, cyborgs, etc. (hint: have written one) and I was so relieved that Akhmin had a complex inner life and was not merely an object on which our oppressed protagonist projects her fantasies of desire and control. (Obviously he's that too.)

The plot has the trademark McHugh elements of structural oppression, prolonged suffering, bad things getting worse, and characters muddling through to a possibly but not necessarily brighter future. It's probably her darkest novel, and I can't say I found the end totally satisfactory, partly because of the shape of the story. We never return to Akhmin's perspective, and the story felt incomplete without it.

Alas, I have now read every novel by one of my favorite writers! Someone pay this lady to write another book.
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