“The Power”

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    Mark Newman

    Anyone reading “The Power” by Naomi Alderman? Not exactly muscle or strength fiction, but it’s the closest thing to our genre in mainstream writing yet.

    I’m about a quarter of the way through it and it’s very good at capturing the internal and societal dynamics of a power shift from male to female, and all of you know how much I enjoy that.

    Available on Amazon Kindle and at your local independent bookstore. Make it a best seller.


    Will give it a read, thanks for sharing!

    Mark Newman

    In the end I was a bit disappointed with the way the story progressed. Like many of the stories in our genre fiction, the women become rather just like men in their use of power. There’s quite an awful female rampage scene near the end which involves a mass rape, and also an interesting twist on how the Power is used to artificially induce erections, which I found a Bit difficult to read, probably inducing for me a similar reaction to a woman reading about rape.

    I suspect it’s inherently difficult to portray a difference bwteeen feminine and masculine exercise of power, which is probably why I enjoy the beginning parts of transitions much more than the ends.

    Still, it was an an enjoyable and mainly successful effort by a relatively mainstream writer, and I hope it leads to more of this kind.


    Initially, when I saw the title of this thread, two things came first to my mind:

    1) A MMG/FMG transformation story by the same title that I wrote many yrs ago.

    2) A late-60s sci-fi movie w/ the same title featuring George Hamilton, involving people with emerging psi-abilities.

    “I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself.”
    ~ Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens (1907)

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