Extra(ordinary) People

TitleExtra(ordinary) People
Year for Search1984
AuthorsRuss, Joanna [Ruth](1937-2011)
Date Published1984
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsFemale author, US author
Annotation

Primarily dystopian with the five stories moving from medieval Scandinavia to the future with some set versions of the nineteenth century. Two themes suggest the possibility of a better world, telepathic people and the end of sexual differentiation. But the connecting material both supports and undercuts the eutopian interpretation.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985. U. K. ed. London: The Women’s Press, 1985. The reprinted stories are: “Souls” (1-59). Rpt. from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 62.1 (368) (January 1982): 7-46; and as part of a Tor Double with [Alice Bradley Sheldon], Houston, Houston, Do You Read? By James Tiptree, Jr. [pseud.]. New York: Tor, 1989; 14 002 204 330 021 210 423 140 032 403 333 [pseud.]; “The Mystery of the Young Gentlemen” (63-92). Rpt. from Speculations. Ed. Isaac Asimov and Alice Laurence (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1982), 245-75; and “What Did You Do During the Revolution, Grandma?” (117-44). Rpt. from The Seattle Review 6.1 (Spring 1983): 5-24

Info Notes

The new stories are “Bodies” (95-114); and “Everyday Depressions” (147-60). 

Holding Institutions

DLC, PSt

Author Note

Female author (1937-2011).

Full Text

1984 Russ, Joanna [Ruth] (1937-2011). Extra(ordinary) People. New York: St. Martin’s Press. Rpt. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985. U. K. ed. London: The Women’s Press, 1985. Reprints three stories with two stories and additional material that provides connections among them (61, 93, 115, 145, 161). The reprinted stories are: “Souls” (1-59). Rpt. from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 62.1 (368) (January 1982): 7-46; and as part of a Tor Double with [Alice Bradley Sheldon], Houston, Houston, Do You Read? By James Tiptree, Jr. [pseud.]. New York: Tor, 1989; 14 002 204 330 021 210 423 140 032 403 333 [pseud.]; “The Mystery of the Young Gentlemen” (63-92). Rpt. from Speculations. Ed. Isaac Asimov and Alice Laurence (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1982), 245-75; and “What Did You Do During the Revolution, Grandma?” (117-44). Rpt. from The Seattle Review 6.1 (Spring 1983): 5-24. The new stories are “Bodies” (95-114); and “Everyday Depressions” (147-60). DLC, PSt

Primarily dystopian with the five stories moving from medieval Scandinavia to the future with some set versions of the nineteenth century. Two themes suggest the possibility of a better world, telepathic people and the end of sexual differentiation. But the connecting material both supports and undercuts the eutopian interpretation. Female author.