“Short in the Chest,” Idris Seabright (Margaret St. Clair), 1954

“Short in the Chest,” Idris Seabright (Margaret St. Clair), 1954 – A tough, young female Marine consults a huxley (robot psychologist) as to the nature of her “dighting” problem.  She finds herself unable to perform mandatory sexual relations with her assigned partner from the inferior Air Corps.

Comments: Themes of sex, women in war, gender.  Read in Metal Smile and Women of Wonder.  Perhaps compare with “Scanners Live in Vain.”

Author: Wikipedia: “Margaret St. Clair (17 February 1911 – 22 November 1995) was an American science fiction writer, who also wrote under the pseudonyms Idris Seabright and Wilton Hazzard.  St. Clair was born at Huchinson, Kansas.  She married Eric St. Clair in 1932, whom she met while attending the University of California, Berkeley.  In 1934 she graduated with a Master of Arts in Greek classics…Of interest beyond science fiction is her 1963 novel Sign of the Labrys, for its overt early use of Wicca elements in fiction…Her interests included witchcraft, nudism, and feminism.”  See also Chas S. Clifton’s, “Chasing Margaret.”



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