The Gate to Women's CountrySheri S. Tepper
science fiction > anthropological sf
The Gate to Women's Country tells of a society that exists three hundred years after our own has nearly destroyed itself. Now, male warriors are separated from women at an early age and live in garrisons plotting futilely for the battles which must never be fought again. Inside the women's towns, education, arts and science flourish.
But for some like Stavia, there is more to see. Her sojourn with the man she is forbidden to love brings into sharp focus the contradictions that define their lives. And when tragedy strikes, Stavia is faced with a decision she never thought she would make - a decision that could forever change their world...
The Gate to Women's Country is a novel that rivals Margret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in scope, impact, and the sheer power of its storytelling.
Sheri Stewart Tepper (1929-2016) was an American writer of science fiction, horror and mystery novels. She was known for feminist science fiction, often with an ecofeminist slant.
She was born Shirley Stewart Douglas near Littleton, Colorado. She has written under several pseudonyms, including A. J. Orde, E. E. Horlak, and B. J. Oliphant.
Stewart recalled she "spent ten years...working all kinds of different jobs" as a single mother of two. She wrote some poetry and children's stories as Sheri S. Eberhart. From 1962 to 1986, she worked for Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, finally as Executive Director.
By the mid-1980s, she was publishing science fiction novels, including The Revenants (1984), books of the