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Martha Wells

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Nice review of The Other Half of the Sky anthology here: http://manicpixiedreamworlds.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/review-the-other-half-of-the-sky/ (My story, “Mimesis” is a Books of the Raksura story) Aliette de Bodard’s story in it just won a Nebula. And there’s also a good review of the anthology in Analog: http://www.analogsf.com/2014_06/reflib.shtml

As a result we have a batch of stories here that don’t just feature women as protagonists, often characters of color and those with LGBT identities, but in which the societies within create wholly new ways of living: sociologically, technologically, ecologically. The social structures and worlds that these authors wrote are so unique and inventive that I kept forgetting that I was reading a book with a mission, that I was promised female protagonists, and thinking: Ah, yes. This is what science fiction should be.