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The Start of the End of It All

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Eighteen stories deal with alien worlds, extraterrestrial invaders, crossbreeds, animals, and lonely city-dwellers.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Mercury House (first published April 1990)
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Quite a quirky and unusual collections of stories that are not easy to categorize, but are very good and thought provoking. Published by The Women's Press, the cover says science fiction, they won a fantasy award and they are most certainly feminist. A few are clearly science fiction, sort of, but they reflect on life and society now. Some are just straightforward short stories that are easily set in our present, many are open ended and have no obvious setting.
Having said that, these are good s
Stef Rozitis
This anthology is frequently dark and disturbing. It goes into some psycho-social places I for one like to avoid. It is full of the irrational- desires and cruelty and various asymmetries of power (which at times get turned on their heads). There is tragedy, inevitable break-down and pain and the reoccurring themes seem to be the ageing female body and smallness. The characters in these stories frequently make choices between the rational and commonplace and the mythic "other". These choices are ...more
Ellen Sandberg
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bingo-2017
Row 4, 4 down SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY, 216 pages
Shira and Ari Evergreen
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women, men, people who are into animal rights, feminists
Shelves: animals
Yay feminism and animal rights! This book was full of unexpected perspectives, spellbinding weirdness, and startling clashes of everyday life with myth and history. The book ends with an exceptionally modest postscript explaining the writer's creative process. I put it down thinking that Emshwiller must be a very wise and compassionate person, to have crafted so many beautiful and haunting stories. She's able to speak truth to power while being entertaining and not at all heavy-handed.
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
 好きなのはまず、最後のWisCon Speech。これを読めただけで、望外の喜び。この日本独自の短篇集を編んでくれた出版社に感謝。ウイスコン大会がどんなところなのか、どんな解説書よりわかるのでは? 
 それからよかったのは Secrets of the Native Tongue と Prejudice and Pride.
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This shit will blow your mind. Artfully, poetically, written. humanist spec/sci fiction. Just enough humor and absurdity to keep you smiling--but tragically beautiful stories. I can't recommend this collection of short stories highly enough. She will blow you away!
Bri Fidelity
If you want to know what all the fuss is about, start with this collection.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Most of these stories are 5s.
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Carol Emshwiller is an American writer of avant garde short stories and science fiction who has won prizes including the Nebula and Philip K. Dick Awards. Ursula K. Le Guin has called her "a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction." In 2005, she was awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Her most r ...more
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“It is important and salutary to speak of incomprehensible things,' they said, and so we did till dawn.” 1 likes
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