Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, ed. Alex Dally MacFarlane

Second paragraph of third story ("Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra" by Vandana Singh):
I was once a man, a poet, a teller of tales, but I am long dead now. I lived in the eleventh century of the Common Era in northern India. Then we could only dream of that fabulous device, the udan-khatola, the ship that flies between worlds. Then, the sky-dwelling Vidyadharas were myth, occupying a reality different from our own. And the only wings I had with which to make my journeys were those of my imagination. . . .
I assume that this was published partly in response to the Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF, published in 2009, which contained 21 stories all by white men. This one contains 33 excellent stories by women writers, a couple of which I already knew, some of which were new to me, all reprints and almost all good. A casual reference to a distant relative of mine in Karen Joy Fowler's "The Science of Herself" prompted me to do some family research; I particularly liked Ekaterina Sedia's "A Short Encyclopedia of Lunar Seas"; but basically I was kicking myself for having acquired this way back in 2014 and not yet read it. You can get it here.

This was my top unread book acquired in 2014. Next on that list is Fish Tails by Sherri S. Tepper.
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