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4.67  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The word Distaff has taken on a negative connotation lately. Originally a ‘distaff’ was a tool used in the spinning of wool. It refers to ‘women’s work’ in a traditionally passive-aggressive Victorian manner.

The anthology will be released in August of this year. It features a wide range of stories with little in common except their genre – science fiction – and the fact th
Published August 2019

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Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An impressive collection of 8 tales by women exploring what SF is capable of

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Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
An eclectic collection of tales, each standing out well from the others. The themes are varied and flow very well. I was in particularly enamoured with Kerry Buchanan’s story, a fine mix of space opera with a hint of Scandinavian folklore. While some of the themes are familiar to sci-fi fans none of the stories are predictable or boring. I had a great night drinking tea and reading them. Excellent reading for a commute to or from work, or a relaxing night with your feet up.
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Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Distaff: A Science Anthology by Female Authors
Edited By: Samanda Primeau and Rosie Oliver
Authors: Jane O’Reilly, Kerry Buchanan, Rosie Oliver, E.J. Tett, Juliana Spink Mills,
Damaris Browne, Shellie Horst, Susan Bolton, Jo Zebedee.

The Broken Man, by Jane O’Reilly

Easily the strangest story I’ve read in ages! And yet… yet so very familiar.

This is the story – the only possible one – of our future. The future Mankind has created for himself. A world in which our wasteful, slovenly ways has changed
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great wee anthology. There's a very wide variety of Sci-Fi stories here - recognisable post-apocalypse, distant post-apocalypse, colony, Mil SciFi, exploration - and writing styles, but they all fit neatly together in the same collection. The result is nothing feels repetitive or boring; every story is good and fun. My favourite was The Ice Man, but I'd be hard pressed to name a second favourite. Definitely recommended.

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Juliana Spink Mills was born in England, but moved to Brazil at the age of eight. Now she lives in Connecticut and writes science fiction and fantasy. She watches way too many TV shows, and loves to get lost in a good book. Her dream is to move to Narnia when she grows up. Or possibly Middle-Earth, if she’s allowed a very small dragon of her own.

Juliana is the author of Heart Blade and Night Blad
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