SHARE: Science fiction would be unrecognizable without women

In honor of International Women’s Day, here’s a short article about women authors and science fiction.

It isn’t hard to suggest that science fiction would be very different without women. The first official science fiction novel, Frankenstein, was written by a woman! Some people (read: guys) try to write Mary Shelley off as just writing romance. And while romance–and gothic lit–were influences, it would be risky to suggest she didn’t know about the science going on around her time. Her parents were philosophers who discussed science a lot. Shelley’s book borrowed the modern science of her time, the knowledge that electricity can reanimate bodies, and that the body was controlled by electricity in the nerves. That is the definition of science fiction, taking contemporary scientific discussion and advancing it through fiction.

Even now, women are still only a fraction of those writing in the speculative fiction genres. Despite the success of authors like J.K. Rowling, women arguably have a harder time breaking in. And I can tell you, even for a man it ain’t easy.

Check out the article below.


Science fiction would be unrecognizable without women

To grow, the genre must embrace more and different voices

 

Fantasy author Mary Robinette Kowal has been running an informal experiment over the course of her travels. Whenever she stops by an airport bookstore, she counts the books in the science fiction and fantasy sections…<a href=”http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/8/14835402/science-fiction-without-women-books-mary-shelley-ursula-k-le-guin&#8221; target=”blank”>READ MORE</a>

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