Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative by JoSelle Vanderhooft

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By JoSelle Vanderhooft

Named one of many 2013 Over the Rainbow undertaking e-book record, backed by means of the homosexual, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender around desk of the yankee Library Association!

Welcome to a brand new annual anthology created in honor of the overdue Joanna Russ, American author, educational, and feminist whose paintings shone brightly within the male-dominated box of speculative fiction of the latter a part of the 20th century.

Heiresses of Russ deals readers in a single quantity the easiest lesbian-themed stories of the fantastical and otherworldly released through the past 12 months. Editors JoSelle Vanderhooft and Steve Berman learn numerous books, periodicals, and webzines to assemble a number of tales—from new voices in addition to award-winning authors—that rejoice the spirit of Russ’s fiction: tales of sorceresses and spectral ladies, misplaced daughters and sisters of fantasy. The transformative strength of the written be aware turns into magic and exams the limits of gender, id, and a woman’s dreams.

Stories by means of Georgina Bruce, Jewelle Gomez, Michelle Labbé, Steve Berman, Rachel Swirsky, Ellen Kushner,Zen Cho,Csilla Kleinheincz, Catherine Lundoff, Nora Olsen, N. ok. Jemisin

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That’s some powerful demon chasing at your heels,” Orson said at last. ” “I’d guess you knew a demon or two in your lifetime,” she replied. He nodded and forked up a bite of sausage. “I chased most of them back,” he said. “I’m working on it,” she said. He chewed and swallowed. “Well, if you change your mind, there’ll always be work at the freighting office for anyone as good as you. ” He gave her a keen look. ” “Not lately,” she replied. Stef, Jack, and Carp joined them then and began noisily eating break­ fast.

A few seconds later, the raiding party galloped into view—seven men, all hunched over their saddles, swords at the ready. This wasn’t going to be like the scuffle at the posting house when she rescued Karryn. This was going to be a fight to the death. No point in hold­ ing back. Wen charged forward, low in her own saddle, gaining whatever advantage she could from surprise and momentum. The white gelding was a FORTUN E A ND FATE 33 warrior’s horse, fearlessly flinging himself into battle. They crashed into one of the lead bandits and Wen’s thrust sent the first man to the ground, shrieking and bloody.

Just strangers in trouble. People who might need her for a short time, and then ride on. C h a pte r 4 � WEN SPENT TWO DAYS BACK AT THE LITTLE MARKET town she and Karryn had visited, roaming the few streets and looking for work. Her funds were lower than she liked, and, as Jasper Paladar had pointed out, heroism could be expensive. She found a job with a small freighting company that needed extra sol­ diers to guard a shipment to Forten City. The pay was so good for the short stretch of work that, once she made her way from the tidy business office to the chaotic loading yard to introduce herself to the captain of the guard, she couldn’t resist asking what they’d be protecting.

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