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A staff used in spinning.
Of women and women’s work.
An anthology of women’s stories woven through time and space.

In 2018 a crack team of women sci-fi writers, all members of the sffchronicles community forum, came together to write an anthology. Distaff is the result. Join us as we share stories of people, of science and exploration, and enjoy the words
Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Published August 15th 2019 (first published August 2019)
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James Samuel McKay
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.
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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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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Cathbad Maponus
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
L.M.R. Clarke
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Exciting Collection

This anthology has a variety of stories from varied female voices, tackling everything from family ties to the end of the world. A worthwhile read.
Aug 16, 2019 added it
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Largely underwhelming.

One bias against the authors is that I had just read several of the 2019 Hugo nominees for Short Story, and these stories didn't measure up in comparison. It wasn't really the authors' fault (there's certainly nothing they could have done to fix it), but it was definitely a factor.

The Broken Man by Jane O'Reilly: I didn't feel an emotional connection with the characters, didn't really care about the revolution.

Space Rocks by Kerry Buchanan: Characters seemed realer than in
This was fun. A series of short sci fistories self published by a group of women who hung out on sffchronicles, (and seem to be predominantly from Yorkshire!). Personal faves were the broken man, Holo Sweet, and My Little Mecha, but I enjoyed all the stories tbh, no glaring weak spots even if I have a least fave.

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