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Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy Tales of Challenging the Norm

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‘Traitor’ or ‘revolutionary.’ These labels are two sides of the same coin, just as ‘hero’ or ‘villain’ depends on the point of view of the person telling the story. These are obvious concepts when spelled out in clear cut settings. Because of this, how one goes about subverting the norm (as a traitor or revolutionary) is based on what the norm is. What is normal in one soc ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Crossed Genres Publications (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jeffrey Petersen
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
We generally hear the story from the hero's point of view, but then, most people think of themselves at the hero of their own story. In Subversion, we hear the story of people breaking the law, attacking authority, and fighting the status quo. From the perspective of the majority, or at least of those in power, these aren't heroes, but criminals, or at the very least trouble makers.

In this very enjoyable short story anthology, we're treated to a wide variety of stories featuring far future earth
Wendy S. Delmater
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a themed short story anthology. Reviews of each story follow, and then a review of the collection as a whole.

In “A Thousand Wings of Luck” author Jessica Reisman sends us to a world where there is a religion based on luck, and the harbingers of luck are not rabbits’ feet or four-leafed clovers. They’re moths. Are the beliefs about the Luck Moths mere superstition or is there something to it? A young college student tries her luck against the moths in a spirit of scientific investigation
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was really impressed and surprised by this anthology.

First the surprise. I expected most of the stories to be about political/social subversion. Wrong. There are at least as many stories about subverting personal "authorities" as there are about societal ones. And there were some very subtle, nuanced and complex takes on those subversions.

Now, about being impressed. While this anthology has stories by people whose work I already enjoy and seek out (Daniel José Older, for example), it has a lo
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Katy by: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Please note: I won a copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer's program in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed in December, 2011

Subversion” is an anthology of short stories about people rebelling against the norms, of people changing their world and their lives, and of understanding the differences between truth and dogma. While ordinarily in an anthology I will find a couple stories I really like, and a couple stories that I don’t like at all, in this anthology every
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Subversion is a collection of sixteen fantasy and science fiction stories were people challenge what is normal for their society. All of the stories were well written and stand out. In particular, I liked "And All Its Truths" and "The Hero Industry".

I would recommend this anthology to anyone who likes both science fiction and fantasy, or even just science fiction (I found more stories to be science fiction than fantasy).
Beth Cato
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. Also to note: my work has appeared in past issues of Crossed Genres Magazine, by the same publisher, though I have no work in this anthology.

The theme of this book is unique. By "challenging the norm," characters in very different settings fight for their lives, their people, and their sanity. My initial concern was that the book would be very dark. Indeed, some of the stories do dwell on darkness, but not all. Subversion doe
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Some of these stories didn't make much of an impact on me, but those that worked, worked really well. I especially liked Shanna Germain's "Seed" and Camille Alexa's "And All Its Truths".
I didn't want these stories to end. They were so good, and I really wanted to know what happened next.
Kevin Saunders
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, scifi, 2013
A mixed bag of tales, with a few standouts.
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Foreword by Jennifer Brozek
“A Thousand Wings of Luck” by Jessica Reisman
“And All Its Truths” by Camille Alexa
“Pushaway” by Melissa S. Green
“Phantom Overload” by Daniel José Older
“Cold Against the Bone” by Kelly Jennings
“The Red Dybbuk” by Barbara Krasnoff
“Pushing Paper in Hartleigh” by Natania Barron
“Parent Hack” by Kay T. Holt
“The Hero Industry” by Jean Johnson
“Flicka” by Cat Rambo
“Seed” by Shanna Germain
“Scrapheap Angel” by RJ Astruc & Deirdre M. Murphy
“The Dragon’s Bargain” by C.A. Young
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