Blazing World by Beehive Books

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The Blazing World is simply one of the most fascinating, unusual and astonishing pieces of writing we've  ever come across. Written in 1666 by Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of  Newcastle, the book details an interdimensional otherworldly queer romance that is centuries ahead of its time. This strange metafictional experiment follows a young woman who is  transported to a world of animal-people, becomes their empress, and eventually leads an invasion back into her own world, complete with  bird-man bombardiers dropping magma stones and submarine ships infiltrating naval barriers. The tale involves spirit possession, astral  projection, the many-worlds theory, cutting edge science and philosophy, and all manner of visionary invention. It is a landmark in  the history of science fiction, queer and feminist writing, and the development of the novel. It must be experienced first-hand. Rebekka  Dunlap's experimental, psychedelic illustration work excels when bending  worlds and minds, envisioning bold new possibilities in physical and  psychological space -- which makes her the best artist imaginable to  bring this bizarre and utterly unique piece of fiction to life.  

  • Author: Margaret Cavendish
  • Illustrator: Rebekka Dunlap
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Beehive Books, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781948886130
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