A series of short stories that argue for and agains alternative reproductive technologies. Though these technologies all take place in the realm of science fiction, the questions raised can relate directly to the reproductive issues that science and politics are currently arguing. A stimulating read for that reason alone.
From back cover:
NOT OF WOMAN BORN is an anthology of 14 SF stories about high-tech reproduction. â "Where did I come from?" is becoming a multiple-choice question. Extra-uterine, cloned, and bio-engineered human reproduction is right around the corner. Science Fiction has always been drawn to this edge of human evolution, celebrating, admonishing- and sometimes even prophesying- our tentative steps towards artificial reproduction.
Here, sprung from the minds of the masters, is a varied and rich collection of stories tackling the controversial issue of reproductive alternatives- and the futures that such choices may bring...
â Introduction â Constance Ash
â Hunting Mother â Sage Walker
â Judith's Flowers â Susan Palwick
â A Gift to Be Simple â Patricia A. McKillip
â Island of the Ancestor â William F. Wu
â One Day at Central Convenience Mall â Nina Kiriki Hoffman
â Dead in the Water â Jack McDevitt
â Raising Jenny â Janni Lee Simner
â There Was an Old Woman â Robert Silverberg
â Remailer â James D. MacDonald
â The Leopard's Garden â Constance Ash
â Bouncing Babies â Kara Dalkey
â Of Bitches Born â Michael Armstrong
â Doppels â Richard Parks
â Daddy's World â Walter Jon Williams
Besides all that, NOT OF WOMAN BORN is a collection of damned good stories!