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Dangerous Space by Kelley Eskridge
Cover Artist: La Despedia by Remedios Varo
Review by Nancy Jane Moore
Aqueduct Press  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781933500133
Date: June 2007 List Price $18.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Kelley Eskridge doesn't tell you everything. She leaves space in her stories for readers to work things out for themselves. But here's the rub: She sets things up so that readers will not always be completely sure what they've found. Or perhaps it is more accurate to say that they may not be completely comfortable with what they find. As the title implies, these spaces are dangerous.

From official release/information:

From publicity material: Dangerous Space is a collection of seven stories by Kelley Eskridge, author of Solitaire, a New York TImes Notable, with an introduction by Geoff Ryman, the critically acclaimed author of Was and Air.

Novelist Gwyneth Jones writes:

The archetypical herotale of feminist sf, the little girl who grows up furious with the irritations of femininity, is confronted with her mirror image: the woman so compliant that no matter what anyone does to her, no matter how much she suffers, she feels no pain, only the agony of alienation. . . A theatre director struggles with the vampire of desire, and with a shapeshifter who may be personification of her demons, in the extraordinary, tightly compressed 'And Salome Danced'; while 'Dangerous Space' sinks deep into the soul of an Indie Rock Band at its moment of greatest meaning, just before the Big Time. Characters slip from story to story, role to role, delineating a fascination with the ruthless hunger for sensation that possesses all great artists; and the complicity of those who love them. Kelley Eskridge's collection is a treat: unassuming, deceptively gentle, packing a subtle punch.
The stories in the collection are:
    Strings
    And Salome Danced
    City Life
    Eye of the Storm
    Somewhere Down the Diamondback Road
    Dangerous Space
    Alien Jane

(Source: Aqueduct Press)

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