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Maureen F. McHugh

Autor(a) de China Mountain Zhang

46+ Works 3,375 Membros 132 Críticas 16 Favorited

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Obras por Maureen F. McHugh

China Mountain Zhang (1992) 1,358 exemplares
After the Apocalypse: Stories (2011) 454 exemplares
Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories (2005) 363 exemplares
Mission Child (1998) 356 exemplares
Half the Day is Night (1994) — Autor — 353 exemplares
Nekropolis (2001) 320 exemplares
Presence {novelette} 7 exemplares
Ancestor Money 7 exemplares

Associated Works

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Nineteenth Annual Collection (2002) — Contribuidor — 520 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection (2003) — Contribuidor — 488 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection (1994) — Contribuidor — 431 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection (1993) — Contribuidor — 431 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirteenth Annual Collection (1996) — Contribuidor — 417 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection (1997) — Contribuidor — 417 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection (2009) — Contribuidor — 389 exemplares
Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy (2013) — Contribuidor — 374 exemplares
The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction (2005) — Contribuidor — 365 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection (2010) — Contribuidor — 284 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection (2012) — Contribuidor — 239 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (2004) — Contribuidor — 233 exemplares
The Secret History of Fantasy (2010) — Contribuidor — 199 exemplares
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Contribuidor — 196 exemplares
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2013) — Contribuidor — 181 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 173 exemplares
Trampoline: An Anthology (2003) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2009) — Contribuidor — 161 exemplares
Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2007) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Five (2011) — Contribuidor — 147 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Three (2009) — Contribuidor — 142 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Six (2012) — Contribuidor, algumas edições137 exemplares
Starlight 1 (1996) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
Killing Me Softly: Erotic Tales of Unearthly Love (1995) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
Alternate Warriors (1993) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011 Edition (2011) — Contribuidor — 120 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection (2018) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
The Good New Stuff: Adventure in SF in the Grand Tradition (1999) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contribuidor — 105 exemplares
Starlight 3 (2001) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition (2012) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
After the End: Recent Apocalypses (2013) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
Wastelands: The New Apocalypse (2019) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
Alternate Outlaws (1994) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction (2003) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2010) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2020 Edition: A Tor.com Original (2021) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
CYBERSEX (1996) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
Aladdin: Master of the Lamp (1992) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
Alternate Tyrants (1997) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow (2019) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Zombies: More Recent Dead (2014) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
The Book of Witches: An Anthology (2023) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (2012) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Christmas Ghosts (1993) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Return of the Dinosaurs (1997) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 (2021) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
A Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales (2003) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (1994) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Twelve (2018) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018 Edition (2018) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Polyphony 1 (2002) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Global Dystopias (Boston Review / Forum) (2017) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 086 (November 2013) (2013) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories (2019) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Tor.com Short Fiction: July/Aug 2020 (2020) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 22 (2008) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 75 • August 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 18 • November 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Uncanny Magazine Issue 45: March/April 2022 (2022) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy, Volume Two (2023) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Apex Magazine 33 (February 2012) (2012) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1959-02-13
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Loveland, Ohio, USA
Locais de residência
Los Angeles, California, USA
Austin, Texas, USA
Shijiazhuang, China
Ocupações
science fiction writer

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Discussions

Science fiction, feminist, underwater city? em Name that Book (Março 2012)

Críticas

I liked the premise (airports are all so alike that you can wander between them sometimes), and setting it against Amelia's mundane relationship and work problems added to the eerie feeling of unreality in the airports. The ending kind of underwhelmed me, though -- I was expecting Amelia to leave the underwhelming boyfriend behind since that's clearly what she wants, but instead she just takes him along to the other airport?
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lavaturtle | Jan 17, 2024 |
4.5 stars really. McHugh has such a gift for telling naturalistic, character-driven stories that are nevertheless intense and dramatic. Her books teach me so much about how to write SF.

Jan(na)'s story of loss and self-discovery on a colony world doesn't have a tidy plot or global stakes, but it is so memorable and rewarding—a study of character and culture in the tradition of Ursula K. Le Guin.
 
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raschneid | 12 outras críticas | Dec 19, 2023 |
A very sad SF novel about the obligations of culture, family, and situational necessity, set in a future Morocco. Hariba is biologically programmed to be an indentured servant; Akhmin is an artificial person bred to serve humans. They're drawn to one another, but even if they can find freedom, it's difficult for either of them to distinguish love from obligation.

I read McHugh's short story "Nekropolis" years ago and adored it. The prose is spare and beautiful and the characters are alive on the page. The novel, with its multiple points of view, is bleaker but more complex. Akhmin emerges as the most interesting character; his perspective is brilliantly alien, yet we empathize with them during his toughest decisions.

Additionally, I have now read a few romances featuring androids, cyborgs, etc. (hint: have written one) and I was so relieved that Akhmin had a complex inner life and was not merely an object on which our oppressed protagonist projects her fantasies of desire and control. (Obviously he's that too.)

The plot has the trademark McHugh elements of structural oppression, prolonged suffering, bad things getting worse, and characters muddling through to a possibly but not necessarily brighter future. It's probably her darkest novel, and I can't say I found the end totally satisfactory, partly because of the shape of the story. We never return to Akhmin's perspective, and the story felt incomplete without it.

Alas, I have now read every novel by one of my favorite writers! Someone pay this lady to write another book.
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raschneid | 13 outras críticas | Dec 19, 2023 |
This book didn't grab me until page 126, but I'm so enamored with China Mountain Zhang and McHugh's short fiction that I kept plodding along anyway.

McHugh does a great job creating an interesting near-future science fiction world and immersing readers in her characters' lives. David and Mayla spend the novel disoriented and traumatized. There's a definite pleasure reading about non-heroic characters dealing with tense situations in fumbling, human ways.

But the plot / pacing were muddled, and on top of it I suffered from false expectations - the back copy promised a "21st-century thriller" and "tropical adventure." (I don't know why I believe book jackets. Possibly a librarian bad habit.) I'm pretty sure adventure thrillers are supposed to be high concept; this novel wasn't high-concept at all, and often I felt a bit mired, watching the characters struggle moment by moment, not certain where the book was going or what the payoff was going to be.

If the novel had been more atmospheric or had a stronger narrative voice, it might have worked, but McHugh's understated, on-the-ground narration meant that it felt more like an intense but unwieldy fever dream. (China Mountain Zhang didn't even try to attempt novel-length pacing; instead it had a few related narratives, so this was her first published attempt.)

Sum up: Definitely a somewhat weak second novel, but was a fast, interesting read (after page 126!) and will certainly read more.
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raschneid | 8 outras críticas | Dec 19, 2023 |

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Obras
46
Also by
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Membros
3,375
Popularidade
#7,550
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
132
ISBN
44
Línguas
4
Marcado como favorito
16

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