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Bewerkt: feb 15, 2012, 11:22pm

I just did my first book pile! Well, my first photographed book pile. There are currently several very large & unstable book piles in my office.

Anyway, it's not exactly balanced -- 3 Tiptree-related books, 3 Le Guin books, almost half (6 of 13) are criticism-related -- but it was fun and what I had easily at hand. Anyone else feel like taking a stab?

-- lquilter

sep 15, 2007, 1:56am

Very nice! I have quite a few of those books myself.

Could you give me a little info about Femspec? I searched on the title here and it looks like you are the only LT member who owns a copy. Unfortunately, there's no catalogue information for the book showing up. Does it have an isbn number? And what's it about? (I'm assuming the title refers to speculative fiction by women, maybe specifically feminist speculative fiction, but is it an anthology of fictional work or a critical study of the genre?) Thanks!

Bewerkt: feb 15, 2012, 11:22pm

Hi marietherese!

FemSpec is a journal. It publishes criticism and some original SF/poetry/art. It's been published for around 8 or 9 years.

Last I heard, they were having some financial difficulty, so I'm not sure what the status of new issues will be.

More info at femspec.org.

Wow, who knew that bookpiles could fulfill a user guide function, too?!

-- lquilter

sep 18, 2007, 8:20am

ok, NOT very imaginative (and I refrained from adding my five copies of The Handmaid's Tale to the pile):

I suspect we all share many of the same books...

sep 18, 2007, 8:24am

Actually, the pile includes a few classic favorites and the Feminist Press mini-collection we have; many of which I haven't read yet. I, too, along with both of you, have a fair amount of criticism and reference (although, perhaps ironically, they are shelved in my husband's office - a dangerous place to get in or out of).

Bewerkt: feb 15, 2012, 11:22pm

i LOVE the women's press sf series! i just started going thru & tagging for those, but unfortunately so much of my collection is in california that i can't. )-8

-- lquilter

sep 18, 2007, 11:02am

Don't think I have heard of Jane Palmer, what are those like?

sep 18, 2007, 12:30pm

Oddly for the Women's Press series she isn't overly serious, The Watcher and The Planet Dweller zip along, "classic" sf with a few jokes.

There is a website with very few biographical details - is Jane Palmer also Dandi Palmer? - but you can read the first few chapters of her novels to get a feel for them - Jane Palmer SF. If you like them you may have a little trouble getting hold of them, they have been oop for years.

sep 18, 2007, 9:27pm

Thanks. :)

Bewerkt: sep 25, 2007, 7:28pm

Thanks very much for the info on Femspec, lquilter. I took a look at the website and it seems they haven't updated or published since July of last year. A shame, truly. But I'll be looking for back issues now thanks to you!

Very cool book pile, Ms. avaland! I have most but not all of those. I need to track down those Jane Palmer books. Imagine bluetyson and me wrestling mano a mano for these ;-p

Edited to fix a glaring grammatical error

sep 25, 2007, 5:46pm

no, I cannot imagine that...