Adventures in Bodily Autonomy: Exploring Reproductive Rights in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror
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“So satisfying to read a volume of new speculative fiction stories centered on women’s experience, women’s lives, women’s choices! You’ll find a pleasurable variety here: hard sf, fantasy, ghosts, vampires, horror, sweet lyricism and steel- edged noir — stories from well-known names, and stories from writers you've never encountered before. I guarantee that at least one story in this volume will make you punch the air in triumph, and another will work its way into your dreams, and not let go.”
— Elizabeth Lynn, World Fantasy Award Winner
“I’m absolutely blown away. Featuring so many authors who I love, this is a stunning anthology with many different approaches to the subject of bodily autonomy. Readers are going to be captivated by its range and variety. This anthology will be a breath of fresh air in the ongoing fight for the right of women to control and make decisions about their own bodies.”
— Chinelo Onwualu, author of "What The Dead Man Said"
Adventures in Bodily Autonomy is a fresh and bold collection. In our current political climate, these stories and imaginings are desperately needed.
— Myriam Gurba, author of Mean and Painting Their Portraits in Winter
"For this distinctive anthology, the royalties from which will be donated to NARAL Pro-Choice America, Belasco (Blood Ex Libris) brings together 14 thoughtful speculative tales centered on issues of reproductive freedom and female agency. The opener, Nisi Shawl’s stirring “Queen of Dirt,” about a Black teen at summer camp, explores racial bias and questions about what makes a family, demonstrating that the anthology has more on its mind than a medical procedure. That said, several stories feature abortion more directly: in the riveting excerpt from Analee Newitz’s novel The Future of Another Timeline, a 17-year-old undergoes a painful off-the-books abortion, while the closing story, Belasco’s own “Abyssinia,” centers on a young woman in Prohibition-era Philadelphia who helps “fems who need it” access abortion services. Still others address wanted pregnancies, including Ellen Klages’s stark sci-fi tale “Goodnight Moons” and Jaymee Goh’s remarkable fantasy “The Things Melati Learns.” Tones vary throughout: some stories are bleak, presenting hard choices or pyrrhic victories, but others sound more hopeful notes. These timely tales both draw readers in and have the potential to advance important conversations."
— Publishers Weekly, July 2023