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Rachel Pollack (1945–2023)

Author of Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom

130+ Works 3,834 Members 71 Reviews 5 Favorited

About the Author

Rachel Pollack is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the modern interpretation of the Tarot. She is a member of the American Tarot Association, the International Tarot Society, and the Tarot Guild of Australia and has taught at the famed Omega Institute for the past fifteen show more years. She is an award-winning fiction writer and has also written twelve books on the Tarot. She lives in New York. show less
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Works by Rachel Pollack

Unquenchable Fire (1988) 294 copies
The Vertigo Tarot (1995) 171 copies
Temporary Agency (1994) 165 copies
Godmother Night (1996) 162 copies
Salvador Dali's Tarot (1983) 90 copies
Tarot Tales (1989) 60 copies
The Child Eater (2014) 39 copies
The New Tarot (1989) 37 copies
Alqua Dreams (1987) 35 copies
Seeker: The Tarot Unveiled (2005) 24 copies
A Secret Woman: A Mystery (2002) 18 copies
The Burning Serpent Oracle (1914) 16 copies
Vertigo Jam #1 (1993) — Author — 14 copies
Tarot: The Open Labyrinth (1986) 14 copies
Burning Sky (1600) 13 copies
Dead Beats: A Musical Horror Anthology (2019) — Contributor — 11 copies
Tarot for Magical Times (2012) 11 copies
The Raziel Tarot (1914) 8 copies
Tarot, arcanos mayores (2012) 6 copies
Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology (2015) — Contributor — 6 copies
Tarot, arcanos menores (2012) 5 copies
Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #71 (1996) 5 copies
Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #70 (1993) 5 copies
Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #76 (1994) 5 copies
Vertigo Visions: Tomahawk (1998) 4 copies
Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #81 (1994) 3 copies
Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #87 (1995) 3 copies
Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #86 (1994) 3 copies
Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #74 (1993) 3 copies
Shining woman tarot guide (1993) 2 copies
Forever 2 copies
The tarot 1 copy
Parallelwelten. Roman. (1995) 1 copy
Doom Patrol #66 (1996) 1 copy
Doom Patrol #68 (1996) 1 copy
Het rijk der doden (1988) 1 copy
Doom Patrol #67 (1996) 1 copy
Doom Patrol Book Four (2018) 1 copy
Doom Patrol #64 (1987) 1 copy
Doom Patrol #65 (1993) 1 copy

Associated Works

Sword and Sorceress II (1985) — Contributor — 482 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 409 copies
Semiotext(e) SF (1989) — Contributor — 248 copies
Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing (2007) — Contributor — 228 copies
Future on Fire (1991) — Contributor — 187 copies
Strange Dreams (1993) — Contributor — 186 copies
Understanding the Tarot Court (2004) — Foreword — 169 copies
The Book of Magic: A Collection of Stories (2018) — Contributor — 165 copies
The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (2012) — Contributor — 153 copies
Future Primitive: The New Ecotopias (1994) — Contributor — 147 copies
Free Country: A Tale of The Children's Crusade (1993) — Contributor — 142 copies
Space Odyssey (1983) — Contributor — 138 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Future is Queer: A Science Fiction Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 96 copies
New Worlds Quarterly 2 (1971) — Contributor — 77 copies
Interzone: The 1st Anthology (1985) — Author — 73 copies
Interzone: The 2nd Anthology (1987) — Contributor — 60 copies
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (2019) — Contributor — 55 copies
New Worlds 6 (1973) — Contributor — 51 copies
More Tales from the "Forbidden Planet" (1990) — Contributor — 49 copies
Interzone: The 4th Anthology (1983) — Contributor — 41 copies
Habitats (1984) — Contributor — 40 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 30 copies
Breaking Windows: A Fantastic Metropolis Sampler (2003) — Contributor — 29 copies
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Contributor — 25 copies
Super Stories of Heroes & Villains (2013) — Contributor — 24 copies
New Dimensions 6 (1976) — Contributor — 24 copies
Whether Change: The Revolution Will Be Weird (2021) — Contributor — 9 copies
The Jo Fletcher Books Anthology (2016) — Contributor — 9 copies

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Rachel Pollack will be deeply missed - her writings on tarot is essential.
 
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s_carr | 16 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
read in the 90's, and just reread it. Great and original alternate reality fiction.
 
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acb13adm | 4 other reviews | Sep 13, 2023 |
DNF on page 273. I really can't fathom this one - it makes no sense to me. The setting is suburban Poughkeepsie some time after various gods/prophets/supernatural beings have manifested in the US and everyone there has become a fervent religious nut, performing incessant rituals to appease the spirits, and seeing miracles everywhere.
I can't tell if it's meant to be a satire on religion (in which case it's not satirical enough); a commentary on the position of women locked into suburban conformity (if so, not barbed enough); or just a mish-mash of random thoughts thrown together after a night smoking too much weed (seems much more likely to me).
Anyway, I kept reading up until the protagonist started begging her estranged husband to return, then my stomach revolted and I DNF it.
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SChant | 8 other reviews | Aug 11, 2023 |
While I do enjoy Unquenchable Fire, I think I do prefer Temporary Agency. The world feels more fleshed out in a way. Which makes sense, as this one takes place some undefined time after. There is a part of this one where it is mentioned as taking place three generations after the Revolution, and the timing is not defined even that well in Fire, but it just feels like the world has settled a bit more after the upheaval of the Revolution. Or maybe it's that Agency feels more encompassing of the world. In _Fire_, everything is focused on Jennie Mazdan, as she is carrying a being who will eventually be revered alongside the Founders, though we only get glimpses of Valerie. We definitely get the full feeling that the Bright Beings are manipulating Jennie for their own ends. Everyone else is just stage dressing ultimately. Even Valerie, since she only directly appears on a few pages.
in _Agency_ on the other hand, while we do have a viewpoint character, it is more of an ensemble cast. the other characters are not there just for their interactions with Ellen.
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130
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41
Members
3,834
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Rating
3.8
Reviews
71
ISBNs
150
Languages
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Favorited
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