Wesleyan University Press (US), June 2002
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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