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Science Fiction is our conversation with the future; politics are our conversation with each other. Strange Bedfellows - as in 'politics makes strange bedfellows' - contains short fiction from the best writers in the field including including Nebula Award-winner Eugie Foster; writers who are passionate about the importance of ideology and political action as a source of so Science Fiction is our conversation with the future; politics are our conversation with each other. Strange Bedfellows - as in 'politics makes strange bedfellows' - contains short fiction from the best writers in the field including including Nebula Award-winner Eugie Foster; writers who are passionate about the importance of ideology and political action as a source of solutions as well as problems.


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Science Fiction is our conversation with the future; politics are our conversation with each other. Strange Bedfellows - as in 'politics makes strange bedfellows' - contains short fiction from the best writers in the field including including Nebula Award-winner Eugie Foster; writers who are passionate about the importance of ideology and political action as a source of so Science Fiction is our conversation with the future; politics are our conversation with each other. Strange Bedfellows - as in 'politics makes strange bedfellows' - contains short fiction from the best writers in the field including including Nebula Award-winner Eugie Foster; writers who are passionate about the importance of ideology and political action as a source of solutions as well as problems.

55 review for Strange Bedfellows: An Anthology of Political Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ira Nayman

    Generally, I don't read anthologies I have submitted a story to that was ultimately rejected. I have once or twice, and I tended to get stared at when I would publicly shout, "My story was much better than that one!" Frankly, I have better methods of embarrassing myself in public. Despite having a story for it rejected, I had to pick up Strange Bedfellows. For one thing, political science fiction is in my wheelhouse;the subject was very attractive to me. For another, I like the editor, Hayden Tre Generally, I don't read anthologies I have submitted a story to that was ultimately rejected. I have once or twice, and I tended to get stared at when I would publicly shout, "My story was much better than that one!" Frankly, I have better methods of embarrassing myself in public. Despite having a story for it rejected, I had to pick up Strange Bedfellows. For one thing, political science fiction is in my wheelhouse;the subject was very attractive to me. For another, I like the editor, Hayden Trenholm, who was complimentary about my story even though he did reject it. I'm glad I read the book. It contains a wide variety of stories, told from a variety of different political positions. The writing was uniformly strong. A couple of the stories were outstanding. It's a very solid volume. Why only four stars? It's a matter of taste, really. I'm not a big fan of space opera, and, for me, there were too many stories in that sub-genre. I also found the anthology to be a little too serious (a common problem with speculative fiction) and would have liked to have one or two more playful stories. (I know this sounds like my story, but I'm not arguing that it should have been included; it's a done deal and we all need to move on. I am merely making the point that Hayden's taste isn't exactly my own.) Don't let this caveat deter you. Strange Bedfellows is an excellent short story collection, well worth a reader's time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    L

    A richly diverse anthology that cleverly combines political views with scientific facts and ideology Deeply fascinating and enriching are two thoughts that spring to mind when contemplating this wonderful collection of sci-fi/ speculative fictional stories. Containing pieces written by some of the best authors in the field, including Nebula award winner Eugie Foster; the writing oozes passion and intensity. The politics of science fiction is about conversations with our future and how we look up A richly diverse anthology that cleverly combines political views with scientific facts and ideology Deeply fascinating and enriching are two thoughts that spring to mind when contemplating this wonderful collection of sci-fi/ speculative fictional stories. Containing pieces written by some of the best authors in the field, including Nebula award winner Eugie Foster; the writing oozes passion and intensity. The politics of science fiction is about conversations with our future and how we look upon that future, as for instance in the case of “The Matrix” just as an example in which advanced technology alters and defines our lives and our entire perceptions. It is evident of the writer’s passion about ideology and political action as a source of solutions as well as problems within the multilayered, interwoven narrative. Utterly intriguing, thought provoking and simply spectacular this is a book that delves into philosophy and reflecting on life and otherworldly thoughts. I would highly recommend it to those who have not only an interest in science fiction, but also who want to delve deeper into the politics of sci-fi and futuristic fictional concepts. I am delighted to have won a copy of “Strange Bedfellows: An anthology of political science fiction” through a Goodreads, first-read giveaway. 4 stars!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    An often-terrific new Canadian anthology of politically based science fiction tales from around the globe and beyond. Okay, not from beyond, but how cool would that be? From my Quill & Quire review (here): “The late, great Kurt Vonnegut wrote that if a writer “tries to put his politics into a work of the imagination, he will foul up his work beyond all recognition.” Strange Bedfellows sometimes wavers and stumbles, but the talents on display put the lie to his theory.” Read the full review here An often-terrific new Canadian anthology of politically based science fiction tales from around the globe and beyond. Okay, not from beyond, but how cool would that be? From my Quill & Quire review (here): “The late, great Kurt Vonnegut wrote that if a writer “tries to put his politics into a work of the imagination, he will foul up his work beyond all recognition.” Strange Bedfellows sometimes wavers and stumbles, but the talents on display put the lie to his theory.” Read the full review here

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a collection of short stories with a theme of SF and politics. I found many of them to be engaging and thought-provoking. A good read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex Binkley

    Review of Strange Bedfellows An anthology is the literary equivalent of a buffet or pot luck supper. The reader is offered samples of different story telling and writing styles. The menu can include well known writers and authors who are new to the reader. So it is with Strange Bedfellows, An Anthology of Political Science Fiction, from Bundoran Press Publishing House. In the introduction, Publisher Hayden Trenholm notes that politics brings together individuals “in search of mutually beneficial o Review of Strange Bedfellows An anthology is the literary equivalent of a buffet or pot luck supper. The reader is offered samples of different story telling and writing styles. The menu can include well known writers and authors who are new to the reader. So it is with Strange Bedfellows, An Anthology of Political Science Fiction, from Bundoran Press Publishing House. In the introduction, Publisher Hayden Trenholm notes that politics brings together individuals “in search of mutually beneficial outcomes. … Science fiction contains within its central premises a profoundly political stance. It looks at the world and asks: does it have to be that way.” Many aspirants for political office have posed the same question. Trenholm put out a call for s-f short stories that had a political aspect to the storyline. Mostly they stayed away from the politics that’s portrayed in the daily news coverage. Instead it looks at politics as the basis for interaction between people with different backgrounds but common ambitions. Given the role of politics in our daily lives, the Anthology created a most interesting premise. Largely it worked. This reviewer liked some stories more than others, but all were worth reading. Overall it served up a unique perspective on the s-f genre and the names of authors to watch for. My favourite stories include Candidate Z by Conner Powers-Smith about a politician sifting through the entrails of a complex court decision trying to find a comfortable position, Occupy Asteroid by Trevor Shikaze, about a deep space mining venture that attracts media attention and In Place of Darkness by Elinor Caiman Sands, a grim tale of another world. However all the stories are good reads. I’m glad I have the Anthology on my ever present e-reader so I will can pull it and re-read the stories on the bus or waiting for an appointment.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Becker

    Strange Bedfellows, an anthology edited by Hayden Trenholm, provides us with a series of politically-oriented science fiction tales. It has stories that analyse the concepts of equality and diversity, stories that study possible evolutions of the human diet, and those that analyse legal topics like capital punishment for corporations or judging children as adults. Like I said before, Strange Bedfellows contained a mixed bag of stories, both in their topics and in their power to make the reader st Strange Bedfellows, an anthology edited by Hayden Trenholm, provides us with a series of politically-oriented science fiction tales. It has stories that analyse the concepts of equality and diversity, stories that study possible evolutions of the human diet, and those that analyse legal topics like capital punishment for corporations or judging children as adults. Like I said before, Strange Bedfellows contained a mixed bag of stories, both in their topics and in their power to make the reader stop and think. I found some more powerful than others, but, overall, I have been glad to read this anthology for stories like Tried as an Adult, which has probably become one of my favourite reads of the year.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Sankey

    This does exactly what science fiction does best--raise issues in a context that allows them to be debated as speculation (and as excellent plot devices!). This collection includes things like children with neural enhancements, fetal fingerprints, women peacekeepers using pre-crime algorithms and the resource policy politics of asteroid mining.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brian Gaston

    This anthology delivers on its promise of political science fiction. Most of the stories are well written and you would like the volume if you are interested in the theme.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bogi Takács

    I'm one of the authors; I have bonus notes for my story. (Spoilers!) I'm one of the authors; I have bonus notes for my story. (Spoilers!)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Josef Hernandez

    A solid anthology of short fiction For a full review, please go to http://www.examiner.com/review/strang... and follow me on Twitter @josenher A solid anthology of short fiction For a full review, please go to http://www.examiner.com/review/strang... and follow me on Twitter @josenher

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Aune

    A neat little collection of dystopian political sci-fi short stories. It was fun to read but some of the stories banged on the old tropes pretty hard

  12. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heather Blair

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    Alexia M.

  15. 4 out of 5

    debiatan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hayden Trenholm

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gustavo Bondoni

  18. 5 out of 5

    Constructionv4

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    D.A. D’Amico

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dick

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    Jonathan Grondin

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    Kryptec

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    Matt Moore

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    Richard Hicks

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    Frederick Rotzien

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    Kim Coomey

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    Laura Dobb

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    Charlotte Ashley

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    Eric Desmarais

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    Donna Schubert

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    Kelly Willcoxbrackeen

  54. 5 out of 5

    Kin Pier

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    Kirsty

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