Review: Heiresses of Russ 2013

Heiresses of Russ 2013 edited by Tenea D. Johnson and Steve Berman

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Among the many hideous tactics Joanna Russ outlines in How to Suppress Women’s Writing, isolation is perhaps one of the most insidious, severing creators from their own community. For instance, Jane Austen is often people’s go-to classic female author, but when was the last time you heard about Jane Austen being influenced and inspired by the works of Fanny Burney? Once you start looking at Austen in the context of her contemporaries and influences, you suddenly realize that she’s not an Excepto-girl—she’s an heiress.

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Review: So Long Been Dreaming

So Long Been Dreaming ed. by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan

I first stumbled upon So Long Been Dreaming over at The Hathor Legacy, where Maria gave it a glowing review. Its subtitle is Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy, something which intrigued me. While I look for science fiction and fantasy that doesn’t involve the colonization narrative or are based on medieval Europe, I think only The Gaslight Dogs addressed a colonial narrative at all. (Karin Lowachee, who wrote The Gaslight Dogs, actually contributed a story to this collection.) I checked the Georgia PINES library system and discovered that there was exactly one copy of So Long Been Dreaming in circulation in all of Georgia. That, to me, is a bingo.

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