Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light! • 1976 • short story by James Tiptree, Jr.

★★★

A young woman wanders as a messenger in a post-apocalyptic world westwards, meeting helpful Sisters everywhere, loving the world, her job, her life. But the real world is different, brutal, full of rape.

Review

What a wonderful title! It remembers me a lot of Ellison’s story titles. But what a dark, depressing content. This story by Alice Sheldon, aká James Tiptree, Jr., was published under her pen-name Raccoona Sheldon. I liked the easy flow, the alternating fantasy/reality, ending in a predictable bleak ending.

 

Meta: ISFDB. First published 1976 in Aurora: Beyond Equality. I read it in the collection Her Smoke Rose Up Forever.

 

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