Table of Contents — Femspec 10.1, Vol 10, Issue 1, 2009

Excerpts from: The quotes on the back cover from this issue are from Miss MacIntosh, My Darling. In the seventies, I studied writing in NYC with Marguerite Young, the author of the picaresque, psychological novel of the road from which these quotes derive — a journey of the human spirit in which a grown woman looks for her lost nanny who had abandoned her as a child depicting a search for a bizarre reality in a fascinating world intertwining illusion and nightmare that had been heralded by international underground readers as the Arabian Nights of American life. Li Weinbaum's review of Going Under keeps up our connection to the fantasy genre, and her review of The Gay Gene Discovery (GLG, 2008) will keep our readers abreast of futuristic SF caricaturizing the Clinton family with Hillary as Lady President, and Ellen “Generous” as psychiatric social worker, and where AIDS activist, Linda Jones Feinberg, depicts an analysis of a society threatened by a wave of abortion of gay fetuses.

FEMSPEC 10.1

EDITORIAL REMARKS:

BATYA WEINBAUM 1

LETTER FROM A FRIEND:

ROBERT VON DER OSTEN 10

ESSAYS:

REBEKAH SHELDON, “Reproductive Futurism and Feminist Rhetoric: Joanna Russ’s We Who Are About To...”19

INTERVIEW:

BATYA WEINBAUM, “Interview with Nava Semel” 35

FICTION:

NAVA SEMEL, “Excerpt from IsraIsland 41

NAVA SEMEL, “Excerpt from And the Rat Laughs” 48

M. ELIZABETH GINWAY, “Finisia Fideli: Finding the Voice in Brazilian Science Fiction” 66

FINISIA FIDELI, “The Resurrection of Lazarus” 71

POETRY:

PHEBE BEISER, “Banaras, a First-Timer's View” 83

“Celebrating Holi” 84

“Encountering Kali” 85

ART:

SELECTIONS FROM BANARES ART CULTURE, “The Art Gallery” (editorial notes by Batya Weinbaum) 86

MEG EASLING. “Life as Art and Journey: Keeping the Vision” 97

CONFERENCE COVERAGE:

MIRIAM MOSS, “Where I Stand: Wiscon 2009” 107

REVIEWS:

BARBARA ARDINGER, “Review of Dina Lenkovic” 110

RITCH CALVIN, “Review of Distances” 113

PHILLIPA KAFKA, “Review of Mothers and Other Monsters” 117

GLORIA ORENSTEIN, “Review of Chicana Art 120

DEREK R. SWEET, “Review of Seers, Witches, and Psychics on Screen” 123

KYRA GLASS VON DER OSTEN, “Review of Milk” 126

LI WEINBAUM, “Review of Going Under” 128 and “Review of The Gay Gene” 130

ANTOINETTE WINSTEAD, “Review of Technologized Desire” 131

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