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Suzy McKee Charnas

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This is a brief discussion of Suzy McKee Charnas and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Charnas.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Charnas: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Charnas tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Charnas worthy; in sum, to help you rank Suzy McKee Charnas (and the works by Charnas listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

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This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About Suzy McKee Charnas

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

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Other Suzy McKee Charnas Resources

First, there is her own site, Suzy McKee Charnas; second off, there is her blog. Elsewhere, there is a brief autobiography, with bibliographical notes; and there is a page entry for her at The Feminist SF&F Wiki.

Of one-off book reviews, there are several of The Vampire Tapestry, including those at The SF Site, at Genre Go Round, and at Strange Horizons. Reviews of her "Holdfast" tetralogy include "Matriarchy blues" in Salon--a retrospective on the full quartet--plus various reviews of the individual books, including Walk to the End of the World, reviewed by Russ Allbery; The Furies at the Ansible; and The Conqueror's Childat

Theer are also the inevitable interviews, including, as representative samples: Closed Systems Kill (1999), Science Fiction Studies, Volume 26, Part 3; Interview with Suzy Mckee Charnas (1999) at SFFWorld; and On Writing Her Father's Ghost (undated) at IndieBound.

Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Suzy McKee Charnas ***

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