THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES IN SCIENCE FICTION


THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES IN SCIENCE FICTION

a Novel by Justine Larbalestier

Wesleyan University Press (US), June 2002
Paperback (304pp)
isbn 0-8195-6527-X

This is a lively account of the role of women and feminism in the development of American science fiction. Beginning in 1926, with the publication of Amazing Stories, Larbalestier examines science fiction's engagement with femininity, masculinity, sex, and sexuality. She traces the debates over the place of women and feminism in science fiction as it emerged in stories, letters, and articles in science fiction magazines and fanzines. The book ends with the story of James Tiptree, Jr. and the eponymous Award. Tiptree was a successful SF writer of the 1970s who was discovered to be a woman. Her acceptance by the male-dominated SF publishing arena proved that there was no difference in the way men and women wrote, only in the way they were read.

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