“The Misogynist,” James Gunn, 1952

“The Misogynist,” James Gunn, 1952 – A man suspects that women are a different species, aliens.

Comments: Read in SF Author’s Choice 4. Gunn’s introduction states that, not having sisters, he had always thought that women were “soft men, arranged in a delightfully different way” until one day he had the thought that “men and women don’t think alike.”  From this came the idea that “women are aliens.” He relates that he once read this story aloud in a writing class to exemplify the way in which an idea turns into a story, and he was attacked by student members of the “women’s lib.”  The narrator is an amateur humorist because, as Gunn states, men and women “have a different sense of humor.”

Author: Wikipedia: “James Edwin Gunn (born 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American science fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work from the 1960s and 70s is considered his most significant fiction, and his Road to Science Fiction collections are considered his most important scholarly books. He won a Hugo Award for a non-fiction book in 1983 for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction. He has been named the 2007 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  James Gunn is a professor emeritus of English, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, both at the University of Kansas.”


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