Even the Queen & Other Short Stories Audio Cassette – Jan 1998
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From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up-Wacky, near-future, science fiction novella about aliens, ice cream, love, and curiosity.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"Death on the Nile" suffers early from some annoying characters before it turns serious and more complex. I kept wondering whether the same idea could have been developed better with some other characterizations, but she's the pro. Given that the other four stories were meant to be funny, perhaps these characters were for levity.
"Even the Queen" has to be one of a kind, or very close to it, with the dominant theme being whether technology that eliminates the female monthly cycle represents progress. Connie Willis isn't exactly Margaret Atwood in her take on women suppressed by the patriarch! I felt Willis as narrator didn't fit so well here.
OK, prospective writers, your assignment is to combine the disparate themes of Hollywood and quantum physics in a short story, preferably humorous. Her result has its moments, perhaps overplaying a few ideas.
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