If you’re a subscriber to my Patreon, you can now read the second published chapter of my work-in-progress book Monster Hunters, Dinosaur Lovers. Having taken an in-depth look at the decidedly mixed reception to Rachel Swirsky’s “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” I’m now examining some of the other short-form SF stories that got caught up in the culture war. My main case studies are Kij Johnson’s “Mantis Wives”, Brooke Bolander’s “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, the flash fiction sections in Lightspeed‘s “Women Destroy Science Fiction!”, “Queers Destroy Science Fiction!” and “People of Colo[u]r Destroy Science Fiction!” anthologies, and the equivalent section in Sci Phi Journal. This chapter is shorter than the first, but still pretty hefty: I started with a 730-word WWAC review of the Bolander story, and spun it into an 8000-word essay.
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