Judith Berman - published November 2002
Now with T-shirts (and mini bears)
No.4 in the Small Beer Chapbook Series. “Election Day” is new to this collection. “Lord Stink” and “The Window” were published in Asimov’s and “Dream of Rain” was originally published in Interzone. “The Window” was a runner-up for the 1999 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and one of Locus‘s Top Ten Stories of 1999.
Cover art by Shelley Jackson.
“On the basis of Lord Stink and Other Stories (Small Beer Press, chapbook, $5.00, 76 pages, ISBN unavailable), Judith Berman is a skillful, passionate writer who proceeds at her own measured pace to produce quality craftsmanship from her workshop. Two stories here, the title piece and “Dream of Rain” are mythic, fairytale-like fantasies that evoke the best of Ursula Le Guin. The heretofore unpublished “Election Day,” by contrast, is a madcap Tim-Powersish romp involving talking mirrors, reanimated corpses and a touchingly awkward, nascent love affair. Finally, “The Window” moves into Carol Emshwiller territory with its tale of an Earth overrun by the Grubs, and how humanity fares as pets. Berman exhibits a sure hand and a sharp imagination. Seeing more of her work will be a pleasure, especially at possibly longer lengths.”
–Paul Di Filippo, Asimov’s
“…should whet readers’ appetites for the author’s upcoming novel from Ace, The Bear’s Daughter”
– Tangent Online
“Judith Berman hasn’t been very prolific. These stories represent most of her output to date, to my knowledge, but they are intriguing works, displaying considerable range and a fine new voice.”
– Locus Online (far down the page)
Dream of Rain
Who is Judith Berman?
Here’s her website, which may tell you some more about her. Raised in the wilds of Idaho, Berman is an anthropologist and now lives with her family in Philadelphia, PA. Her first novel, Bear Daughter, follows on from her story, “Lord Stink” (see above).
Her essay, “Science Fiction Without the Future,” published in May 2001 in the New York Review of Science Fiction, won the 2002 Pioneer Award for Best Critical Essay. Bruce Sterling said it was “[P]robably the most important piece of science fiction criticism in the last ten years.” Berman published another essay “Models of Time: Imagining the Future,” in the New York Review of Science Fiction (September 2002).
Berman read at KGB Bar in August of 2002 (pictures).