Feb. 27th, 2016

aberration: Anthy and Utena in the Utena movie, dancing in the flooded rose garden above their reflection. (we shall all be healed)
So among the books I managed to collect before coming here was Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction. This is a collection of fourteen stories by mostly pretty well-known sci-fi writers. I really enjoyed quite a few of them, though I think some venture further into "hard" sci-fi than I usually am interested in going. Over on goodreads, some reviews accuse the authors of too often relying on stereotypes. I don't feel like I can say anything on that, though I do think it's fair to note that in this case "Jewish" means Ashkenazi American overwhelmingly (12/14) male authors born in the first half of the 20th century. Most stories do clearly draw from a male Jewish-American experience, so I'd understand that objection, even if I also don't think I'm the one to make it. And as these stories dealt with issues often outside my cultural context, there are likely going to be instances where I didn't pick up on or understand some aspects, so I'll just leave this acknowledgement here. But these are the stories I particularly liked:

Under the cut; some mentions of antisemitism and sexual assault, but only very briefly. )

And I'm really behind on this now, but my general progress for reading in 2016 is also here.

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