Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology (Paperback)

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By Ann VanderMeer (Editor), Jeff VanderMeer (Editor)
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Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more) chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas. From the literary heft of Angela Carter to the searing power of Octavia Butler, Sisters of the Revolution gathers daring examples of speculative fiction’s engagement with feminism. Dark, satirical stories such as Eileen Gunn’s “Stable Strategies for Middle Management” and the disturbing horror of James Tiptree Jr.’s “The Screwfly Solution” reveal the charged intensity at work in the field. Including new, emerging voices such as Nnedi Okorafor and featuring international contributions from Angelica Gorodischer and many more, this collection seeks to expand the ideas of both contemporary fiction and feminism to new fronts. Moving from the fantastic to the futuristic, subtle to surreal, these stories will provoke thoughts and emotions about feminism like no other book available today. Other contributors include Anne Richter, Carol Emshwiller, Eleanor Arnason, Hiromi Goto, Joanna Russ, Karin Tidbeck, Kelley Eskridge, Kelly Barnhill, Kit Reed, L. Timmel Duchamp, Leena Krohn, Leonora Carrington, Pamela Sargent, Rose Lemberg, Susan Palwick, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Vandana Singh.

About the Author

Ann VanderMeer is the Hugo Award-winning editor of Weird Tales and the founder of Buzzcity Press. She currently serves as an acquiring fiction editor for, Cheeky Frawg Books, and She has also won a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Award for coediting The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. She is the coeditor of numerous titles, including The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals, Steampunk, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and The Steampunk Bible. Jeff VanderMeer is a columnist, a publisher, and the author of several books, including Booklife, City of Saints & Madmen, Finch, Shriek: An Afterword, Veniss Underground, and Wonderbook, the world's first fully illustrated, full-color creative writing guide. He is the cofounder of and Cheeky Frawg Books and has edited or coedited 12 fiction anthologies. His nonfiction appears in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He is a three-time World Fantasy Award winner. They live in Tallahassee, Florida.

Praise For…

"A necessary, well-curated anthology that shows the singular political power of speculative fiction." —Kirkus Reviews

"The stories in Sisters of the Revolution does exactly what you’d want them to—they tear apart cliches, they question gender and it’s implications, they look at identity using satire and humour and darkness with a sharp intellectual examination of stigma and society’s rules." —Mahvesh Murad,

"This fascinating collection illustrates how writing trends from new-wave sf and feminist speculative fiction reflect changes in culture and in perspectives on women and feminism." —Vanessa Bush, Booklist

"The stories here all examine aspects of women’s relationships with the world. They address social and gender roles, sexuality, personal relationships, relationships with work." —Elaine Gallagher, Interzone

"This is a strong and valuable entry in that conversation about genre and gender, culture and context, in which we are all engaged." —Kari Sperring,

"This is an eclectic, astonishing anthology of some the best writing that women speculative fiction writers have done over the past several decades." —Andrew Andrews,

"The VanderMeers have compiled one of the best volumes of feminist — or any other — science fiction in years." —Elizabeth Hand, Los Angeles Times

"The stories, arranged thematically, flow into and bounce off of one another in a thought-provoking, dramatic arrangement that displays each piece in its best possible light." —Publishers Weekly

"The editors have searched far and wide for source material . . . a diverse celebration of speculative fiction. This is a fine anthology, regardless of genre or politics." —Keith Brooke, Guardian

"This 'highly curated' collection of feminist speculative fiction definitely bears the VanderMeer stamp: not only choosing their stories from every genre of the fantastic, including horror and fantasy but offering a greater preponderance of the surreal and the richly grotesque than one might expect in an anthology on this theme." —Gwyneth Jones, New York Review of Science Fiction

Product Details
ISBN: 9781629630359
ISBN-10: 1629630357
Publisher: PM Press
Publication Date: June 2015
Pages: 352
Language: English