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Classically trained actor Caroline Shaffer has spent many seasons performing with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has a soft, calmly expressive voice with expert diction and agility. Who better to voice this collection of mostly little-known sci-fi works from 13 contemporary women writers such as Judith Tarr and Pati Nagle?

Grouped loosely into themes (Space, Technology, Aliens, and Humanity), this collection began as a lark amongst its authors and ended as a 10-hour trip to the beyond, as when Nancy Jane Moore’s interstellar-travelling heroine is "Blindsided by Venus in the House of Mars". The collection is edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Kaathryn Bohnhoff.

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The mind tells the story - but the heart inspires it with dreams of what might be waiting Out There. With evocative stories of lost comrades, alien first contacts, and strange, often unexpected confrontations with evolving science, Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls embraces both our pulp-dream past and cutting-edge future.

Thirteen authors (fifteen if you count pseudonyms) from the Book View Cafe got together one rainy Saturday afternoon with a big bowl of popcorn and reruns of Buck Rogers. They started comparing short stories and a new anthology took form.

Rare reprints, hard-to-find favorites, and new tales all combine in this one-of-a-kind story collection, available exclusively from Book View Press.

What happens when thirteen authors get to giggling over implausible titles for the collection? They choose the most illogical and then they have to write something to go with it. So, yes, there are three flash fiction versions of Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls. Stories by: Vonda N. McIntyre, Brenda W. Clough, Katharine Kerr, Judith Tarr, P.R. Frost, Pati Nagle, Madeleine Robins, Nancy Jane Moore, Sarah Zettel, Amy Sterling Casil, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Jennifer Stevenson, Sylvia Kelso, C.L. Anderson, and Irene Radford.

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