Queen of the States

Queen of the States Meet Magdalen a woman who is on her own planet out to lunch and on her own tripShe moves through time and space from a private mental hospital to an alien spaceship where she is interrogated about

  • Title: Queen of the States
  • Author: Josephine Saxton
  • ISBN: 9780704339927
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Meet Magdalen, a woman who is on her own planet, out to lunch and on her own tripShe moves through time and space, from a private mental hospital to an alien spaceship where she is interrogated about human behaviour and the function of sex Is Magdalen mad, or have the aliens really landed She weaves her way through the fantasies of those around her husband Clive, psMeet Magdalen, a woman who is on her own planet, out to lunch and on her own tripShe moves through time and space, from a private mental hospital to an alien spaceship where she is interrogated about human behaviour and the function of sex Is Magdalen mad, or have the aliens really landed She weaves her way through the fantasies of those around her husband Clive, psychiatrist Dr Murgatroyd, lovers, friends and friend s lover until, finally, she can reclaim her own existence

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    1. It was okay. I think the author may have written it based on her own experience of mental illness although that's no criticism. The question arises of whether the construction of mental illness in patriarchy, particularly among women, is actually describing from the outside a sane reaction to an insane world. Fundamentally, the contradictions inherent in patriarchy and its construction of the feminine become manifest in having to deal constantly with emotional and cognitive double binds.I actual [...]

    2. This book has been one that has interested me. It was nominated for both the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Award but yet not only is this one not very widely read, neither do many of Saxton's works appear to be (unlike other obscure works by better know authors like Grainne or Whores of Babylon). Also Women's Press put out some great science fiction. So when I found a second copy at a book stand I had to give it a go.It's a pretty well crafted short novel with strong characterization. It makes use o [...]

    3. After an inauspicious start, I found myself really enjoying this - my full review is on SF Mistressworks: sfmistressworks.wordpress/

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