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To Shape the Dark

(Feral Astrogators #2)

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Science-based wonder is the core of science fiction. Yet the genre mostly cast science as either triumph or hubris. In To Shape the Dark, editor Athena Andreadis offers readers women heroes who are doing science not-as-usual. Scientists are astrogators who never sleep; and To Shape the Dark is part of that vigil.
Paperback, 396 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by Candlemark & Gleam
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Kaa
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Update: Finally finished reading the last four stories. Can't say they really changed my overall feelings about the book - no new favorites, but none that were totally terrible either.

I actually didn't read 4 of the stories at the end, because the book had to go back to the library, so this is for the part that I did read. Some really excellent stories, quite a few that were enjoyable, and only a few I really didn't care for. Many of my favorites were by authors I was already familiar with (Vand
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Tehani
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent anthology which uses the theme very well. A few stories I didn't love, but some excellent and challenging reads overall that I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended! See my full review here: https://thebooknut.wordpress.com/2016... ...more
James
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I preferred this book to the previous compilation (The Other Half of the Sky). The stories in this are self contained and.i found a lot more tales that I really enjoyed. I've also added Melissa Scott and Jack McDevitt to my list of authors so I can explore their other works.

Definitely worth reading
Veronica Strachan
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The only frustrating thing about this anthology was that I wanted each short story to be longer. Great tales of women and science and other worlds. So many strokes of alternate realities and possible futures. A perfect blending of science and fiction.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Read for "Crossing the Midday Gate" by Aliette de Bodard.
Suzi
Really good anthology. Very strong work. Loved making my way through so much sci fi filled with strong complex women and fascinating science.
Outis
This has got to be one of the best topical anthologies out there.
In particular, the worst stories aren't atrocious as is too often the case. They're all more or less on topic, yet are a diverse bunch in many respects. And there's a few really nice ones in the mix.
It's kinda disappointing that I could guess ahead of time which stories would be my favorites. While I wish I would have been surprised in that respect, in fairness that's because de Bodard and Singh surpassed my expectations (if you're
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Catherine
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Things I loved about this anthology: older women as scientists! Queer women as scientists! Women of color as scientists! And while we're at it, I really liked the cover, too. Favorite stories included Constant Cooper's "Carnivore's of Can't-Go-Home,"a botanical murder mystery, M. Fenn's "Chlorophyll is Thicker Than Water," featuring an older lesbian couple, both scientists dealing with a corporate saboteur, Jacqueline Koyanagi's "Sensorium," featuring a bisexual protagonist in a poly relationshi ...more
Heather D.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully eclectic, imaginative and thought-provoking.

Presenting fresh takes on the themes within, this collection deftly explores a diverse assortment of worlds, each one as strikingly constructed as the next, where an equally varied range of absorbing narratives through the eyes of female scientists unfold. While each protagonist’s vocation is naturally a prominent element to her character, aspects of her personal life are also smoothly incorporated as important parts of her journey. The ind
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