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Machine Sex And Other Stories

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Contents:
(Learning about) Machine Sex (1988)
By Their Taste Shall Ye Know Them (1988)
Willows (1986)
Black Dog (1988)
Death and Morning (1988)
Johnny Appleseed and the New World (1985)
The White City (1985)
Sleeping in a Box (1988)
The Prairie Warriors (1988)
Columbus Hits the Shoreline Rag (1977)
Time Is the School in Which We Learn, Time Is the Fire in Which We Burn (1988)
War and
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Paperback, 141 pages
Published 1988 by Tesseract Books
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Stef Rozitis
These stories were weird to the point where it was a slow and hard-working read. Many were dystopian, usually without the redeeming feature or happy ending. I liked that the gender and sexuality identity in them was pretty fluid and revolutionary even for 2015 let alone the eighties when it was written, and that nearly every character in the book was bisexual. It's pretty sex-positive as a book even when showing some of the abusive and tarnished sides of sexuality people tend to be social agents ...more
David
Liked:
Death and Morning (1988)

Johnny Appleseed and the New World (1985)

The Prairie Warriors (1988)

War and Rumours of War (1988) - a sequel to The Prairie Warriors

(Learning about) Machine Sex (1988) - this is like William Gibson's Sprawl series but better

Black Dog (1988)

By Their Taste Shall Ye Know Them (1988)

Willows (1986)

OK:
Sleeping in a Box (1988)
"You'll Remember Mercury" (1988)
Time Is the School in Which We Learn, Time Is the Fire in Which We Burn (1988)

Disliked:
Columbus Hits the Shoreline R
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Dominick
Dorsey's one of Canada's most respected SF writers, and this collection certainly has strengths. It avoids most of the pitfalls of the genre, such as clunky exposition, flat style, and so on. Unfortunately, it most definitely does NOT avoid the pitfalls of arty pretentiousness; many of the stories are too precious, too self-conscious, too self-indulgent to be very effective. There are nevertheless some gems.
Chris
May 14, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: sffantasy, stories
Disappointing, because her novels are wonderful, but most of these stories are even opaquer than Black Wine and come across as pointless collections of beautiful sentences. The last one was good, though.
Emily
although it was very well written, it seemed like I was reading the middle of stories. I couldn't get in to the characters or situations because there was no backstory and no hint as to the future.
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Candas Jane Dorsey (born November 16, 1952) is a Canadian poet and science fiction novelist.
Born and still living in Edmonton, Alberta, Dorsey became a writer from an early age, and a freelance writer since 1980. She writes across genre boundaries, writing poetry, fiction, mainstream and speculative, short and long form, arts journalism and arts advocacy. Dorsey has also written television and sta
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