Stephanie A. Smith

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fiction
WARPAINT is a lyrical, emotionally charged novel about three American women painters (Liz Moore, C.C. Dyer and Quiola Kerr) at a crucial juncture: C.C. is diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer and must fight for her life. All three come together for a Liz Moore retrospective at MOMA in April 2002, just before C.C.'s radical mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy, a course of treatment which will eventuate in C.C. making a choice about her life and career, a choice that will have far-reaching and unforeseen consequences.
Fiction
In the 21st century, humankind stands on the brink of extinction. The combined forces of environmental decay and debilitating diseases have brought civilization to a standstill. In a small Oregon community, however, a few survivors struggle to come to terms with the strange mutations that have transformed their children into the only hope for a viable future.
Essays
Household Words chronicles the endurance of American common sense through the language of politics.

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Other Nature

By Jake Swearingen (jakes@​webzone.net)
This review is from: Other Nature (Paperback)

I just finished reading Other Nature about thirty minutes ago. I'm still in a bit of shock. It's that good. Stephanie A. Smith is relative rarity in the Science Fiction genre, an author who doesn't insult your intelligence. You don't catch the rich subtleties, tough. She isn't going to shove your nose in it until you realize what she is trying to say.

The story, unlike so many science-fiction stories, doesn't depend on a nifty little idea. It's about people, and a small town. This novel will probably be rejected by many, which is a shame. If more science fiction was like this, I would read it a lot more.