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Sisters of Tomorrow
The First Women of Science Fiction
Lisa Yaszek, ed.; Patrick B. Sharp, ed.

Early Classics of Science Fiction

2016 • 432 pp. 22 illus. (9 color) 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Science Fiction Collections / Collections - Women Authors / Literary Criticism - Women

$29.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7624-8
$23.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7625-5

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Lisa Yaszek & Patrick B. Sharp’s Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction represents an ambitious effort to bring to light not only the women writers of the era... [continued in Reviews below]”—Gary K. Wolfe, Locus

Anthology of stories, essays, poems, and illustrations by the women of early science fiction

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.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Lisa Yaszek & Patrick B. Sharp’s Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction represents an ambitious effort to bring to light not only the women writers of the era, but editors, artists, poets, and journalists was well. It is as complete a picture as we’re likely to get, both as anthology and as critical work, of the role of women in the field between roughly 1929 to 1945.” —Gary K. Wolfe, Locus

Sisters of Tomorrow is a fascinating look at a group of writers whose work is often forgotten. The decision to include journalists, editors, artists and poets highlights the role of women not only in SF literature but, equally importantly, in the genre’s community.”—James Holloway, Fortean Times

“[A] well-constructed collection of fascinating material.”—Roz Kaveney, Times Literary Supplement

“There’s a lot of great reading here for any fan of the [Science Fiction] pupls, casual or fanatic. My only regret is that there aren’t additional volumes.”—John O'Neill, Black Gate Magazine

“An indispensable introduction, overview, and guide to women writers of sf in the pulps from 1929 to the 1940s, making available work previously only accessible to those with access to fast-disintegrating pulp magazines. No scholar of science fiction should be without this remarkable book.”—Justine Larbalestier, author of Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction

“Lucid, meticulously researched, and engaging, providing early science-fiction writing from pioneering women in the field, and an excellent critical apparatus for framing these works within their respective historical contexts.”—Jane Donawerth, author of Frankenstein’s Daughters: Women Writing Science Fiction

“I hope Sisters of Tomorrow flies long and high.”Ursula Le Guin, winner of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

“This brilliant multi-genre anthology traces the origins and influences of women writers, editors, and artists who found a home in early science-fiction magazines.”—Lisa Swanstrom, Department of English, Florida Atlantic University

LISA YASZEK is a professor and associate chair in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. PATRICK B. SHARP is a professor and chair in the Department of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.

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