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August 4th, 2009
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Best mind-blowing sf short fiction by women?
http://silk-noir.livejournal.com/308701.html

As some of you may have already heard, there's an anthology of "innovative[1] and mind-blowing" sf, and it happens to not include anything written by women.

The comment thread mentions authors who were left out, but the only specific story mentioned was Jackson's "The Lottery".

I nominate "The Snowball Effect" by Katherine MacLean.

And there's that mind-blastingly cynical story by Tiptree about the nice uninhabited planet that people of good will are given a key to. What's the title?

"Down the Wall" by Greer Gilman.

Any other nominees?

[1]"Innovative" doesn't seem to imply stylistic wildness.

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From:snurri
Date:August 4th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
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All sorts of Tiptree: "Love Is the Plan, the Plan Is Death" or "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" come to mind.
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From:ckd
Date:August 4th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Or "The Screwfly Solution", which still knocks me down when I read it.
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From:sturgeonslawyer
Date:August 4th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Actually the Tiptree I'd pick is "The Women Men Don't See," which was literally life-changing for me.
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From:agrumer
Date:August 4th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Well, given that it's titled "The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF", I'm guessing it was edited by twelve-year-old boys.
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From:nancylebov
Date:August 4th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Hey-- girls like mammoths, too! And mind-blowing sf.

It might be a good if insufficiently inclusive collection.

Anyway, the list needs more work.

sgsguru suggested a bunch of titles, the only one of which I remember is "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". Moore's "No Woman Born" would probably qualify.
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From:gildedacorn
Date:August 4th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
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*nods* I was going to suggest "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."

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From:sturgeonslawyer
Date:August 4th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Joanna Russ: "When it Changed"

Pat Murphy: "Rachel in Love"

Carol Emshwiller: "Sex and/or Mr. Morrison"

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From:sturgeonslawyer
Date:August 4th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh, Duh! Octavia E. Butler, "Bloodchild"
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From:siderea
Date:August 4th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
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It certainly blew my mind. Damn, that was one of the most disturbing and boy-THAT'S-going-to-stick-with-me things I've read. Certainly clarified my views on pregnancy.
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From:sgsguru
Date:August 4th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Lessee:

"Tonino and the Incubus", by Peg Robinson. Utterly unlike any other story I've ever read. And this is saying a lot.

"A Womanly Talent", by Anne McCaffery. First explicit description of a sex act in Analog.

"Beauty", Tanith Lee. There are a number of other good stories in the "Red as Blood" collection, but they tend to have poor endings. "Beauty" is good all the way through.

"Shambleau", C.L. Moore. Disturbing, for a number of reasons.
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From:dichroic
Date:August 5th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
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Connie Willis, "Even the Queen". Mind-blowing because when you're used to thinking SF is all about spaceships and planets, there's this story where suddenly it's about stuff *in your body*. And not like aliens bursting out either, but something that happens monthly to half the population for a large chunk of their lives.
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