The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding): A Short Novel (Conversation Pieces, Volume 10)

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9781933500027: The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding): A Short Novel (Conversation Pieces, Volume 10)

"[Eve] turned her attention to the monitor displaying Minnivitch’s cell. Never had it been so clear what Minnivitch was up to. The bare minimalist space of the cell screamed stage, and some strange, dramaturgical magic had transformed the white glare of the indirect fluorescent lighting into spotlights. Kneeling bald and naked on the floor’s glassine surface, Minnivitch—her arms, wrists, hands, and fingers as dramatically expressive as her face—was telling a story to an audience somewhere outside the glare of the lights." —from The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding)

Sarah Minnivitch, an actor sentenced to prison for acts of civil disobedience, wreaked havoc at the for-profit medium-security facility she was first sent to. When Penco transfers her to a high-security facility, the facility’s director assigns Dr. Eve Escher the task of rehabilitating Minnivitch and recovering the corporation’s losses. Escher believes she is on the verge of a scientific breakthrough that will not only rehabilitate the prisoner but also win the physician fame and glory. But the stakes for both Escher and Minnivitch prove to be higher than either of them imagined.

"Duchamp does a marvelous job of portraying the intensely claustrophobic Facility A7, a closed universe so much to and of itself that the real world, which the author only occasionally and nightmarishly evokes, fades to insignificance[...] Given the recent revelations of how prisoners of the U.S. government have been treated at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, and of the free hand that private corporations like Halliburton have been given by the government to act like independent pocket-states, Duchamp's novel seems as relevant today as any uncensored blog reporting form the Middle East." Michael Levy, New York Review of Science Fiction, August 2007

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About the Author:

L. Timmel Duchamp is the author of the five-volume Marq’ssan Cycle, which won a special Tiptree Award honor in 2009, and the founder and publisher of Aqueduct Press. She has published two collections of short fiction: Love’s Body, Dancing in Time (Aqueduct, 2004), which was shortlisted for the Tiptree and includes the Sturgeon-finalist story “Dance at the Edge,” the Sidewise Award-nominated “The Heloise Archive,” and the Titpree-shortlisted “The Apprenticeship of Isabetta di Pietro Cavazzi”; and Never at Home (Aqueduct, 2011), which includes a 2011 Tiptree-Honor List story, and co-author, with Maureen McHugh, of a mini-collection, Plugged In (Aqueduct, 2008, published in conjunction with the authors’ being GoHs at WisCon). The novella De Secretis Mulierum (Aqueduct, 2008); dozens more short stories, including “Motherhood, Etc” (short-listed for the Tiptree) and “Living Trust” (Nebula and Homer Award finalist). She has also published a good deal of nonfiction. Since 2011 she has been the Features Ed¬itor of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. She is also the editor of Talking Back: Epistolary Fantasies (Aqueduct, 2006), The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 1 (Aqueduct, 2007), Narrative Power: Encounters, Celebrations, Struggles (Aqueduct Press, 2010), Missing Links and Secret Histories: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries from across the Known Multiverse (Aqueduct Press, 2013), and co-editor, with Eileen Gunn, of The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 2: Provocative essays on feminism, race, revolution, and the future (Aqueduct, 2008). In 2008 she appeared as a Guest of Honor at WisCon. In 2009-2010 she was awarded the Neil Clark Special Achievement Award (“recognizing individuals who are proactive behind the scenes but whose efforts often don’t receive the measure of public recognition they deserve”). In 2015 she was the Editor Guest at Armadillocon. She has taught at the Clarion West Writers Workshop and has taught one-day Clarion West workshops.

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The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding) is an intense and gripping read. It is dense with ideas without ever becoming bogged down, as the narrative momentum keeps everything moving. It repays rereading to pick up the hints and clues and recurrent themes and images that the pace of the writing may sweep one past during the first read: for example, ''the rose-like designs'' of the heat-trace readings on Minnivitch when she is in black isolation, Eve's nightmare of a blood-red flower/wound splitting her foot, the rose preserved in glass on Dorner's austere desk, the ''flower of fire blazing within'' Venedra Poole. Not a comfortable book, but a compelling and thought-provoking one. --Lesley A. Hall, Strange Horizons

Duchamp does a marvelous job of portraying the intensely claustrophobic Facility A7, a closed universe so much to and of itself that the real world, which the author only occasionally and nightmarishly evokes, fades to insignificance[...]Given the recent revelations of how prisoners of the U.S. government have been treated at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, and of the free hand that private corporations like Halliburton have been given by the government to act like independent pocket-states, Duchamp's novel seems as relevant today as any uncensored blog reporting form the Middle East. --Michael Levy, New York Review of Science Fiction, August 2007

[An] effectively ironic short novel of near-future dystopia and professional disillusionment. --Locus ''New and Notable Books,'' February 2006

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