Available for the first time in North America, this unique anthology of women's speculative fiction, magic realism and fantasy blends stories and poems to fully explore the science fiction genre. As Ursula K. Le Guin writes in her foreword: Fantasy has always been a rebel's mode, a means of sneakily saying unwelcome or disturbing things about one's society, or of offering a more or less plausible alternative to it. The stories and poems in this book are all, in one way or another, fantastic, all are rebellious, subversive, critical, or teasing, cheerfully or fiercely knocking the posts from under the status quo. Contributors include Carmel Bird, Isobelle Carmody, Henriette Dugdale, M. Barnard Eldershaw, Sarah Endacott, Leanne Frahm, Alison Goodman, Sue Isle, Lisa Jacobson, Berni M. Janssen, Gabrielle Lord, Rosaleen Love, Philippa Maddern, Hyllus Maris, Maurilia Meehan, Yvonne Rousseau, Jane Routley, Petrina Smith, Lucy Sussex
, Daisy Utemorrah, Ania Walwicz, Nadia Wheatley and Tess Williams.
A pregnant spaceman. A witch. A knight-errant princess. The nuns of St Mary Magdalene. A time traveller. Love and lyrebirds. Dreams and poetry. Philosophy. The creation of the universe. Two very different angels. Were-marsupials — and much more. With contributions from writers who've built reputations for themselves in other genres come an amazing array of fine science fiction stories. From writers born in the nineteenth century Henrietta Dugdale, M. Barnard Eldershaw (the pseudonym of Marjorie Barnard and Flora Eldershaw) to young writers such as Sarah Endacott and Sue Isle, it also includes Aboriginal writers, Hyllus Maris and Daisy Uttamorrah as well as those whose reputations have travelled worldwide, Isobelle Carmody, Gabrielle Lord, Nadia Wheatley, Rosaleen Love and Carmel Bird.