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The Beatrix Gates (Outspoken Authors)

Rachel Pollack



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PM Press
01 February 2019
Science fiction; Science Fantasy; Short Stories Sci-Fi; Urban Sci-Fi; Magic
A queer cult favourite, 'The Beatrix Gates' is a colourful mix of science fiction, magical realism, memoir, and myth exploring themes of spirituality and transformation. Courage and cowardice contend in a literary odyssey unlike any other. Written especially for this volume, 'Trans Central Station' is Pollack's personal and political take on the transgender experience then and now - and tomorrow? 'Burning Beard' is a fiercely revisionist Bible tale of plague and prophecy told through a postmodern prose of many colours. 'The Woman Who Didn't Come Back' is about just what it says. And there is of course our usual unusual Outspoken Interview.
By:   Rachel Pollack
Imprint:   PM Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 191mm,  Width: 127mm, 
ISBN:   9781629635781
ISBN 10:   1629635782
Series:   Outspoken Authors
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   01 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Beatrix Gates (Outspoken Authors)

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

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