THE NEW WOMEN OF WONDER: Recent Science Fiction Stories by Women About Women by Pamela--Ed. Sargent

THE NEW WOMEN OF WONDER: Recent Science Fiction Stories by Women About Women

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A worthy anthological daughter of Women of Wonder and More Women of Wonder (1975, 1976). In what Brian Aldiss once called a ""pruned and clawed prose,"" Pamela Zoline's ""The Heat Death of the Universe"" portrays a young California housewife in the last stages of her own personal entropy. Kit Reed's ""Songs of War,"" with its ragged female guerrilla band taking on The Enemy, wittily hints that maybe we all deserve each other. Josephine Saxton coolly chronicles the morning search for unknown quantities in the mirror, and Eleanor Arnason produces a very funny account of a woman sci-fi writer variously parceling out empathy to hero and heroine. Joanna Russ' celebrated ""When It Happened"" noisily introduces the klutzy race of men to the self-sufficient all-female world of Whileaway; James Tiptree, Jr.'s ""The Women Men Don't See"" conveys ten times as much genuine anger with vastly less self-congratulation. Other fair to excellent contributions from Vonda N. McIntyre, Carol Emshwiller, Joan D. Vinge, Sonya Dorman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. About the only thing wrong with this series is Sargent's naive, generalizationridden style of introduction.

Pub Date: Jan. 27th, 1977
Publisher: Random House