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Melissa Scott (1) (1960–)

Author of Trouble and Her Friends

For other authors named Melissa Scott, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Melissa Scott is a science fiction writer. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1961. Scott studied history at Harvard University before earning her Ph. D. in comparative history from Brandeis University. Scott's first science fiction book, The Game Beyond, was published in 1984. In 1986, she show more won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Scott received the Lambda Literary Award for Gay/Lesbian Science Fiction in both 1995 and 1996 for the books Trouble and Her Friends and Shadow Man. She is a co-founder of WaveLengths, a journal of gay/lesbian/bisexual-interest science fiction and fantasy. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Melissa Scott

Trouble and Her Friends (1994) 689 copies
Dreamships (1992) 499 copies
Point of Hopes (1995) 388 copies
Burning Bright (1993) 367 copies
The Kindly Ones (1987) 317 copies
Five-Twelfths of Heaven (1985) 307 copies
Proud Helios (1995) 296 copies
The Garden (1997) 269 copies
Mighty Good Road (1990) 265 copies
Shadow Man (1995) 259 copies
Point of Dreams (2001) 255 copies
The Empress of Earth (1987) 247 copies
Dreaming Metal (1997) 244 copies
Silence in Solitude (1979) 235 copies
The Armor of Light (1988) 233 copies
Night Sky Mine (1996) 198 copies
Death by Silver (2013) 192 copies
The Game Beyond (1984) 140 copies
The Jazz (2000) 137 copies
The Roads of Heaven (1987) 136 copies
A Choice of Destinies (1986) 122 copies
Homecoming (2010) 122 copies
The Shapes of Their Hearts (1998) 102 copies
Point of Knives (2012) 101 copies
Fairs' Point (2014) 77 copies
Lost Things (2012) 76 copies
Allegiance (1602) 52 copies
Secrets (2012) 49 copies
Point of Sighs (2018) 46 copies
The Inheritors (2013) 42 copies
Steel Blues (2013) 38 copies
Third Path (2015) 30 copies
The Master of Samar (2023) 26 copies
Ouroboros (2013) 24 copies
Moebius Squared (2012) 23 copies
Water Horse (2021) 23 copies
Wind Raker (2014) 23 copies
Silver Bullet (2014) 22 copies
Oath Bound (2015) 20 copies
The Wild Blue (2016) 9 copies
Jaelle Her Book (2013) — Editor; Contributor — 7 copies
Mercy Mission 3 copies
The Sweet Not-Yet (2003) 3 copies
gen:LOCK YA Novel #2 (2021) 1 copy
The merchant 1 copy

Associated Works

Carmen Miranda's Ghost Is Haunting Space Station 3 (1990) — Contributor — 167 copies
So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction (2007) — Contributor — 132 copies
Arabesques: More Tales of the Arabian Nights (1988) — Contributor — 130 copies
The Other Half of the Sky (2013) — Contributor — 97 copies
Arabesques II (1989) — Contributor — 71 copies
Reload: Rethinking Women + Cyberculture (2002) — Contributor — 43 copies
Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures (2008) — Contributor — 30 copies
Haunted Hearths & Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories (2008) — Contributor — 23 copies
Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War (2013) — Contributor — 21 copies
To Shape the Dark (2016) — Contributor — 18 copies
Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists (2015) — Contributor — 13 copies
Imagination Fully Dilated: Science Fiction (2003) — Contributor — 12 copies
Deco Punk: The Spirit of the Age (2015) — Contributor — 6 copies
Retellings of the Inland Seas (Feral Astrogators) (2020) — Contributor — 1 copy

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There are the recently, uncomfortably reunited trio of salvagers, two layers of Ancient space civilizations, the remnants of 2 dark times and a baddy who is after the same relicts as the good gang, but for civilization destroying purposes. Just over the edge of interesting enough except during the too frequent navigational sequences which are burdened with techno-garble.
Physically, the trade paperback that had been bound for library use with clear stiff covers was difficult to hold, sharp edged and pointy cornered.… (more)
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quondame | 1 other review | Apr 9, 2024 |
Back in the 1990s, there was a time when I considered Melissa Scott appointment reading, when she was writing space fiction with a filigree of cyberpunk. Situations change though and Scott fell out of my reading rotation, mostly because I don't read tie-in novels and Scott's idea of fantasy didn't appeal to me.

Flash forward 30 or so years, and one day I was wondering what Scott has been up to, in part when thinking about a constellation of female writers from the 1990s who are either out of circulation, or are no longer with us, and discovered "The Order of the Air." My thought being this should be right up my alley.

Unfortunately, the execution did not match my hopes. The high concept is cool. The prose is better than workmanlike. The characters are at least acceptable. The big problem is that this story has all the narrative snap of a wet noodle. I plowed through it but the overall execution doesn't make me want to rush right out and hunt down the rest of the series. To put it another way, all the components were there for a thriller, or a story of gothic atmosphere, but Mmes Scott & Graham just didn't seem to have that sort of novel in them, and that's unfortunate. Silvia Moreno-Garcia would have had a field day with this material.

My final thought is that narrative drive might always have been a problem with Scott's novels, even in her prime writing for Tor, and that's why I don't remember those novels better.
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Shrike58 | 4 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
Surprisingly enjoyable with an interesting end.
 
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thanbini | 1 other review | Nov 15, 2023 |
3 stars.
I'm not sure how a book about magic and investigating a murder, with a interesting shared past for the characters can be dry, but that's what it felt like to me. Unlike other books, I would keep looking, sure that I had read quite a bit and would always be surprised that I was only 5 or 10 percent ahead of where I was the last time I looked. The story was interesting, and so were the characters, but I didn't really connect with the writing itself.
 
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