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You Never Heard of Her - but You Should Have! 

Her name is Frances Deegan. She wrote 21 stories and 35 articles under her own name for the science fiction pulps between 1944 and 1952, when few other women were selling to them at all. Yet you won't find her listed in any book about science fiction. Not The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction, Pamela Sergeant's Women of Wonder, Roger C. Schlobin's comprehensive listing of women science fiction authors, Urania's Daughters, Alexei and Cory Panshin's The World Beyond the Hill, or David Hartwell's Dark Descent. In fact, in the years since her death, Frances Deegan has become the forgotten woman of the golden age of pulp science fiction, and none of her stories have ever been reprinted. 

The only place you will find Frances Deegan's name is buried among the plethora of male authors in the table-of-contents listings for old sf magazines. Yet at a time when only a handful of women were writing or reading science fiction, Frances Deegan was one of the field's most popular authors, if the letter columns of the period are to be believed. And that popularity was deserved, as this first-ever collection of her stories shows. And what stories they are! Set against backgrounds that are often rustic ("The Radiant Rock"), peopled with characters who are decidedly not urban ("The Wizard of Blue Gap"), and frequently humorous, with comic touches in even the most straightforward scientific puzzle story ("The Third Bolt"), they blazed new trails for science fiction when first written and still stand out as vigorous, idiosyncratic work even today, a half century after they were written. 

It is hoped that this collection will introduce the work of this forgotten woman to new generations and help, in some measure, to rescue the name and reputation of Frances Deegan from obscurity.

©2009 Page Turner (P)2018 Page Turner

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Fifties Sci-Fi

How refreshing that someone is finding and "resurrecting" obscure science fiction stories written by women! Frances Deegan is a great writer with a wonderful imagination, yet her stories had been lost since their publication in the 1940's and 1950's.

The first thing that caught my attention was the great cover and awesome name! Reminded me of the psychedelic images of the Sixties! The stories were intriguing, with great descriptions and characters. It seems like Ms. Deegan was trying to write from a male perspective in most of the stories (which is understandable), but there were some traces of the feminine also.

I especially enjoyed the story "Radiant Rocks", focusing on a redneck family that finds a cache of rock that produces electricity. The narrator did a wonderful job in the voices for this one.

The writing was great, the narration was great and I loved this glimpse into classic and unknown sci-fi. I hope that more of these collections show up now that the age of the Internet and electronic reading is in full swing.

I was given the opportunity to listen to this book by the publisher and chose to review it.

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Great book, interesting world view

Pink Winds, Green Cats, Radiant Rocks & Other Classics by the Forgotten Woman of Science Fiction's Golden Age

This was the first science-fiction audiobook I listened to, but I was not disappointed. The stories were written by Frances Deegan in the 1940s and 1950s.
The stories were well constructed. I loved hearing about the zeitgeist of the post-WW II era. How magical, for instance, electricity still seemed to be. And the things the male characters said to the females. They would get slapped for saying these things in the current age.
The narrator did a great job. I enjoyed listening to his performance.
I would definitely recommend this book. The stories are well-written, exciting and they offer a fresh new perspective on the world. And no, electricity does not come out of a stone, but what a magical world it would be if it did.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Outstanding group of short stories

This book was provided free of charge in expectation of a fair review.

This was a collection of short stories by Frances Deegan. She is an almost unheard of female science fiction writer of the 1940s and early 1950s. She wrote stories based on the scientific achievements known to her and extrapolated into the future.

Her stories were well written and fun to listen to. She put the stories together extremely well and I was never disappointed by any of them.

The narration was exceptionally well done also. With the right amount of emphasis placed where needed.

Many writers today would do well to emulate her style.

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Adventures and an exotic journey

These stories captured and held my attention for the entirety of this book. They made me laugh while simultaneously leaving me wanting more.