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The Future is Female
25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin
Lisa Yaszek

This collection of sci-fi short stories by women authors is, unsurprisingly, a mixed bag, but also a lot of fun. It’s arranged chronologically, starting with a 1928 story with a twist that is completely unsurprising, and ending with Ursula K Le Guin’s 1969 classic novelette, Nine Lives.

I think the tastiest treat was C. L. Moore’s surprising, creepy, imaginative and passionate The Black God’s Kiss (1934). I won’t spoil it with description, but I loved every page. It turns out it is the first of six stories around the same protagonist, all collected in a 1969 book also called The Black God’s Kiss. You can be sure I added it to my list.