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.
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