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

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The Female Man by Joanna Russ

One of the first openly gay writers in science fiction, Joanna Russ tells the story of four diverse characters in this classic novel: a 1970s feminist in our own reality, a librarian living in an alternate timeline where the Great Depression never ended, a woman from a future society inhabited only by other women and a strange female warrior on a planet where men and women are literally at war. As their stories intertwine, “The Female Man” cleverly explores gender identity, sexuality and the role of women in society.

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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...)

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


4:48PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

The Handmaid's Tale is a modern classic.

3:31PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012


3:19PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:13PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

They all seem like good reads. I'm wondering why you felt the need to label them Queer/Feminist ?? A good read is a good read.

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