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Coming Soon: SISTERS OF TOMORROW: THE FIRST WOMEN OF SCIENCE FICTION Edited by Lisa Yaszek and Patrick B. Sharp

Thanks to Paul Di Filippo, I have another book for my 2016 To-Be-Read pile: Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction edited by Lisa Yaszek and Patrick B. Sharp. It’s an anthology of stories, essays, poems, and illustrations by the women of early science fiction.

A larger cover appears below. I love pulp sf art and this one’s a winner.

Here’s the synopsis — and you read the introduction here.

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: The First Women of Science Fiction offers readers a comprehensive selection of works by genre luminaries, including author C. L. Moore, artist Margaret Brundage, and others who were well known in their day, including poet Julia Boynton Green, science journalist L. Taylor Hansen, and editor Mary Gnaedinger. Providing insightful commentary and context, this anthology documents how women in the early twentieth century contributed to the pulp-magazine community and showcases the content they produced, including short stories, editorial work, illustrations, poetry, and science journalism. Yaszek and Sharp’s critical annotation and author biographies 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.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Series: Early Classics of Science Fiction
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan (June 1, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0819576239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819576231
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1 Comment on Coming Soon: SISTERS OF TOMORROW: THE FIRST WOMEN OF SCIENCE FICTION Edited by Lisa Yaszek and Patrick B. Sharp

  1. ktbenbrook // October 28, 2015 at 5:18 am //

    Of course I still find the whole controversy of women writers amusing. Many consider the first Science Fiction novel to be Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. Not only were women, in the genre from the beginning, one created the archetype for the genre.

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