“When It Changed”

Joanna Russ’ SF classic, “When It Changed” is the story of the week at the Library of America blog. ” When the poet and playwright Jewelle Gomez reviewed Russ’s 1983 collection The Zanzibar Cat, which included the story, she wrote about how ‘When It Changed’ both defies any attempt at summarization and overcomes the wariness of some readers: ‘In outline this story has all the classic (i.e., dull), politically correct potential: a group of women in an independent utopia about to do battle with the enemy. On the page it is a funny, touching tale of two women who confront the problems of how to raise their children so they are not destroyed by the earth-men’s idea of sexual equality, and how their own marriage can survive.’”

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