This is a short book, and it attempts to tread a line between the depth of criticism that Miyazaki fans and film scholars are looking for and achieving a more general vision of Miyazaki's career that casual viewers might find useful.
Writing generally about SF, Fennell occasionally over-simplifies. But, by searching beyond rigid genre-boundaries, he is able to present stories by authors, especially female authors, rarely found in anthologies and discussions of the genre.
Due to the precarious financial nature even of critically acclaimed publishing ventures, we have only a few places where SF&F writers can explore specific themes with any promise of payment whatsoever. According to the Kickstarter page for this project, the team involved in this effort wanted very much to add to that number of venues. So this essay is more workshop than review, which I hope might also benefit other teams bravely developing SF&F platforms on minimal resources.
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