Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: A New Species: Gender and Science in Science Fiction

A New Species: Gender and Science in Science FictionA New Species: Gender and Science in Science Fiction by Robin Roberts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Not exactly light reading, but interesting enough that I read it a second time to take notes. A feminist analysis of science fiction starting with Frankenstein and ending up with The Handmaid's Tale and Always Coming Home is a bit of an undertaking, but this isn't that lengthy a book and most of the language is comprehensible to those not steeped in the mindset of literary criticism (although it helps if you took a couple of lit courses in college). Roberts delves into such things as the cover illustrations of Golden Age pulp SF magazines to explain how modern women SF writers used Science Fiction to discuss and illustrate issues of gender inequality, the dangers of patriarchies, and the conflicts and synthesis between so called "hard" and "aoft" science.

This also makes me rethink my responses to certain books I read years ago (and generally didn't like), so that, in addition to a new list of books I want to read, I also have to reread a few.



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