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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

May 10, 2021

Among the various social changes that accompanied the New Wave, this time period saw the rise of second-wave feminism. In this episode, we explore how that movement influenced the genre of science fiction.

Book recommendation: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Tor Books poll on women in speculative fiction.
Eric Leif Davin's Partners in Wonder.
Sable Aradia's review of "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?"
My blog posts on The Handmaid's Tale: Part 1, Part 2
Jan Misali/Conlang Critic on Láadan.
Princeton article on Láadan.
Mary Robinette Kowal on women in sci-fi.

Other works discussed:
"The Screwfly Solution" by James Tiptree Jr.
"Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" by James Tiptree Jr.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler