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5 Queer/Feminist Sci Fi Books for Summer (Slideshow)

5 Queer/Feminist Sci Fi Books for Summer (Slideshow)
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Summer nights are perfect for stirring the imagination. Whether you’re camping beneath the stars or gathering on a rooftop to enjoy a dazzling fireworks display, it’s easy to let your mind wander to distant worlds and alien vistas. For book lovers, this means it’s time to indulge in some science fiction.

Say “sci fi” and many readers automatically think of classic authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick and the late Ray Bradbury. While there’s no disputing the contribution made by these genre giants, science fiction (or speculative fiction, as it’s sometimes known in academic circles) includes as many different perspectives as there are planets in the universe. Here are a few of the best voices from the margins:

 

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1:11AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

Some science fiction is good why some is mediocre, but that's the same with any area of literature

9:27AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

thanks for sharing

4:46AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Read all these many times! And what about Elizabeth Lynn?

11:14AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

The late Jo Clayton belongs on this list, as well.

As far as the label "science fiction" goes, the space stuff, robot stuff - that's science fiction. The more societal plotted stories are better termed "speculative fiction", and that is exactly what I would call "A Handmaid's Tale". (Though it may turn out to be a prophecy instead of fiction if we can't turn this ship around...)

10:07AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Interesting.

8:15AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Everyone should read The Handmaid's Tale, and then realize just how close to its story some of our ultra conservatives speak in terms of their desired future.

11:06PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

thanks

4:48PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

The Handmaid's Tale is a modern classic.

3:31PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thanks

3:19PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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