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The Other Half of the Sky Takes Year’s Best SF by Storm

other half  webThree of the sixteen stories in The Other Half of the Sky have been chosen by Gardner Dozois for inclusion in The Year’s Best SF (with a fourth possible).

I will simply say this is unprecedented — and the best solstice gift I could receive.

Another lagniappe was Chris Moriarty’s review in F&SF which included this sentence: “The Other Half of the Sky, a new collection of women’s sf edited by Athena Andreadis, stands as a 443-page refutation of all Heffalump Hunters who have ever marched in self-referential circles while loudly lamenting the inexplicable failure of women to write “real” sf. However, I intend it to do double duty in this column…because I can’t think of another anthology out this year that so utterly refutes Paul Kincaid’s assertion that our genre has succumbed to intellectual inertia.”

In other words, the anthology will make a good gift not just for readers of the genre, but for readers who want stories written by and for literate adults. A full list of reviews, interviews and round tables connected to the anthology is at the book site and on a sidebar page on this blog.

“Highways and dance halls, a good song takes you far;
You write about the moon and you dream about the stars…”
— Jackson Browne, The Road

10 Responses to “The Other Half of the Sky Takes Year’s Best SF by Storm”

  1. Letty says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved.

  2. Athena says:


  3. Athena says:

    Yes indeedy! *laughs*

  4. Christopher Phoenix says:

    You already told me, of course- but all the same, congratulations! Three stories chosen right off the bat, that is very impressive for The Other Half of the Sky– and well deserved.

  5. Athena says:

    Thanks, Christopher! Given the context (tiny press, editor obscure in the publishing world, near-zero PR budget) this is indeed unprecedented.

  6. Caliban says:

    I assume the publisher is also pleased?

  7. Athena says:


  8. Walden2 says:

    Congratulations Athena! You and the authors certainly deserve it! I think this shows that people are becoming rather tired of the same ol’ SF and want something new with a fresh perspective.

  9. Athena says:

    Thank you, Larry! The recognition came as a surprise, I must admit. But it’s very gratifying.