A science fiction collection with heroes that “happen to be women,” instead of the usual weak, flat female characters that sadly populate the genre. And it does exactly what it says–has a variety of wonderful stories, with female protagonists.

The other half of the sky

Like any story collection, it’s difficult to say what it’s about in great detail. However, I can say the stories are varied–in the positions of the protagonists, in the varied settings and writing, and in the quality of the stories. Unlike some collections, I found far more great and good than not-so-good.

Here were a few that stood out to me–a salvage crew hunting for alien technology, when a person from their past shows up with a too good to  be true find; a colonized prison planet struggling to keep from being used by the wealthy; a girl raised among aliens who speak with their hands is caught between the humans trying to settle the planet and the locals. I highly recommend it for sci fi fans–or anyone interested in more inclusive literature.

List of stories:

  • Finders; Melissa Scott
  • Bad Day on Boscobel; Alexander Jablokov
  • In Colors Everywhere; Nisi Shawl
  • Mission of Greed; Sue Lange
  • Sailing the Antarsa; Vandana Singh
  • Landfall from the Blood Star Frontier; Joan Slonczewski
  • This Alakie and the Death of Dima; Terry Boren
  • The Waiting Stars; Aliette de Bodard
  • The Shape of Thought; Ken Liu
  • Under Falna’s Mask; Alex Dally MacFarlane
  • Mimesis; Martha Wells
  • Velocity’s Ghost; Kelly Jennings
  • Exit, Interrupted; C.W. Johnson
  • Dagger and Mask; Cat Rambo
  • Oroboros; Christine Lucas
  • Cathedral; Jack McDevitt

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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