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

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Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler

After nuclear war ravages the earth, headstrong widow Lilith Iyapo awakens hundreds of years later aboard a bizarre alien spacecraft. She has been resurrected by the Oankali, a race that abhors violence and heals organic manner by manipulating genes within their own bodies. The Oankali have restored earth’s environment and Lilith has been chosen to lead the first colony of human survivors. But are the Oankali truly humanity’s rescuers or its captors? A startling discovery about the Oankali pits Lilith against her fellow humans — and her own children.

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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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