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Ghidalia & Elwood – The Venus Factor

Posted by demonik on December 1, 2009

Vic Ghidalia and Roger Elwood (eds.) – The Venus Factor (Nel, 1976. Originally USA, McFadden, 1972: Manor, 1973, 1977)

Cynthia Asquith – “God Grante That She Lye Stille”
Gertrude Atherton – The Foghorn
Agatha Christie – The Last Séance (The Woman Who Stole a Ghost)
Miriam Allen deFord – Against Authority
Zenna Henderson – J-Line to Nowhere
Anne McCaffrey – The Ship Who Disappeared
Rose Sharon [Judith Merril] – The Lady Was a Tramp
C. L. Moore – The Dark Land


A medium evokes a vision so real it threatens her very existence …

A dying woman is snatched into another time dimension ….

A long dead spirit fights to inhabit a living body ….

These are but a few of the chilling and gripping ideas contained in The Venus Factor, an anthology of science fiction stories written about women by some of the top women SF writers.

i’ve had enough arguments for one year, so i’ll leave you to decide for yourselves whether or not the Christie, Asquith and Atherton stories actually constitute “science fiction” ….

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Cynthia Asquith – What Dreams May Come

Posted by demonik on May 17, 2009

Cynthia Asquith – What Dreams May Come: Tales Of The Supernatural (Four Square, 1965)

What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

The Lovely Voice
The White Moth
The Follower
‘The Playfellow’
The Corner Shop
The First Night
From What Beginnings?
In A Nutshell
‘God Grant That She Lye Stille’


The young girl in the French hotel who adored the lovely lady, so kind and gentle — only to discover that she was a murderess !
The s schoolgirl who wrote such exquisite and sensational verse, then suddenly refused to produce any more !
The woman haunted all her life by a hideous face in a crowd !
Hyacinth, the image of her young cousin Daphne, who at the same age was grotesquely burnt to death !
Peter Wood, who bought a carved frog in a queer antique shop, and then learnt the chilling story behind it !
Sylvia, whose previously untalented leading man suddenly put on a star turn on the opening night. She is delighted, until she
discovers the reason!
The nurse whose attractive young patient was convinced he was going to die, because the book he was reading forespelled his doom.
Margaret Cleaver, 22, beautiful, rich, who was gradually repossessed by the spirit of her turbulent ancestor !

These people glimpsed beyond the ordinary realities of life … into the inexplicable dimension!

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