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Warning- the visionary women writers in this landmark anthology may permanently alter perceptions of American science fiction, challenging the conventional narrative that the genre was conceived mainly by and for men. Now, two hundred years after Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, SF-expert Lisa Yaszek presents the best of the female tradition in American science fiction, in the most comprehensive collection of its kind ever published. From Pulp Era pioneers to New Wave experimentalists, here are over two dozen brilliant writers ripe for discovery and rediscovery, including Leslie F. Stone ("The Conquest of Gola," 1931), Judith Merril ("That Only a Mother," 1948), Leigh Brackett ("All the Colors of the Rainbow," 1957), Kit Reed ("The New You," 1962), Joanna Russ ("The Barbarian," 1968); Ursula K. Le Guin ("Nine Lives," 1969), and James Tiptree Jr. ("Last Flight of Dr. Ain," 1969). Imagining strange worlds and unexpected futures, looking into and beyond new technologies and scientific discoveries, in utopian fantasies and tales of cosmic horror, these women created and shaped speculative fiction as surely as their male counterparts. Their provocative, mind-blowing stories combine to form a thrilling multidimensional voyage of literary-feminist exploration and recovery.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781598535808
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 475
Publication Date: 15 Sep 2018
Publisher: The Library of America
Publication City, Country: New York, United States
Dimensions (cm): 21.8(H) x 14.4(L) x 3.4(W)
Weight (gm): 714

 

Reviews

"Make no mistake: The quality of the stories here is unassailable." -Kirkus Reviews

"Valuable ... educational and enjoyable, a significant retrospective of science fiction's foremothers." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An impressive and super fun-to-read collection that's well worth picking up, and what it will leave you with (other than the notion that the future ain't what it used to be) is the sense that women have always been into sci-fi--and they've been good at it. --Marie Claire

"Lisa Yaszek's fascinating and well-researched anthology presents a trove of writers who helped define the genre...what all the stories have in common is sheer readability and a delicious sense of discovery." --Gary K. Wolfe, The Chicago Tribune

 

Author Biography

Lisa Yaszek, editor, is Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech and past president of the Science Fiction Research Association. She is the author of Galactic Suburbia- Recovering Women's Science Fiction (2008), and coeditor of Sisters of Tomorrow- The First Women of Science Fiction (2016); she currently serves as a juror for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year and the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for the Best Speculative Story of the Year.
The Future is Female!: 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin
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