An award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, Rachel Pollack (Unquenchable Fire and Godmother Night) is also an esteemed Tarot Grand Master with followers and students around the world. A progressive voice in the transgender community and a trusted guide to the ancient traditions of spiritualism, she has been for decades a teacher of writing at Goddard College.
One of the most gifted and sensitive fantasists working today. --Publishers Weekly [A] marvelous example of how sci-fi can remythologize the terms of common experience to elucidate and give new and deeper meaning. --Lambda Book Report The collection closes with a powerful personal anecdote about the importance of trans representation to readers. In the essay 'Trans Central Station, ' Pollack says: 'I was not trapped in the wrong body, I was trapped in the wrong universe. In order to become who I was, I had to break the world open. I had to embrace a kind of science fiction life.' Equal parts strange and captivating, this collection beautifully speaks Pollack's truth. --Publishers Weekly Rachel Pollack is one of the most consistently interesting and individual writers working in the fantasy and science fiction slipstream. Here be magick, real people, alternative worlds, and a fully mature creative consciousness. --Geoff Ryman, author of WAS Rachel Pollack's The Beatrix Gates is a stunning study in identity and mutability. It can be read most easily as a story about transexualism or simply a powerful examination of difference and its more positive consequences, as well as a subtle investigation of exactly what makes our identities. --Green Man Review