The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction
by Justine Larbalestier Author
A dense, engaging study of the history of women and feminism in the growth of mid-20th-century science fiction in the US. Focusing on the period between 1926 and the 1990s, you'll find here excerpts from fanzines and letters, lots and lots of interviews with women sci fi writers, and stories by fans and authors alike about what drew them to science fiction and how they made themselves a place in the genre, whether by subversion, accommodation, forebearance, or imagination. Tackles topics like representation, payment, sexist tropes, the contentious appearance of love and sex, the ways science fiction in this era tackled gender identity and transition, and more. A whole chapter focuses on James Tiptree, Jr and the impact of the revelation that a woman was behind the popular books published under this the pen name. A fascinating read for anyone who grew up reading sff of this era.
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