March 6, 2017 at 11:00am

Book cover image for Sisters of tomorrow : the first women of science fictionSisters of Tomorrow : the First Women of Science Fiction

edited by Lisa Yaszek & Patrick B. Sharp
Published: Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, 2016

Call number: PS374.S35 S57 2016

Summary: For nearly half a century, feminist scholars, writers, and fans have successfully challenged the notion that science fiction is all about "boys and their toys," pointing to authors such as Mary Shelley, Clare Winger Harris, and Judith Merril as proof that women have always been part of the genre. Continuing this tradition, Sisters of Tomorrow offers readers a comprehensive selection of works by SF luminaries. Providing insightful commentary and context, this anthology documents how women in the early twentieth centruy contributed to the science fiction magazine community and showcases the content they produced, including short stories, editorials, illustrations, poetry, and science journalism. Yaszek and Sharp's critical annotation and author biographes link women's work in the early science fiction community to larger patterns of feminine literary and cultural production in turn-of-the-twentieth-century America. In a concluding essay, the award-winning author Kathleen Ann Goonan considers such work in relation to the history of women in science and engineering and to the contemporary science fiction community itself.