feminist sf

Should you have any suggestions for additional resources, I’d be grateful if you could leave a comment on this post.  (See the conclusion of this post for resources specific to Minneapolis.)

INTRODUCTION: A READING LIST

Check out the list of 100 top short sf stories written by women at the It Doesn’t Have to Be Right blog…

INDICES OF FEMALE SF AUTHORS

                 Also contains:

Index to Women SF Writers of Color

Index to Lesbian SF Writers

Non-English-Language Feminist SF Writers

Women SF Writers by Nationality and Canadian Women SF Authors

LIST OF PRE-1923 FEMALE-AUTHORED UTOPIAS:

Pre-1923 female-authored utopias

CONTEMPORARY FEMINIST SF AUTHORS VIDEO

A few female writers of sf created a video for Women’s History Month.  Unfortunately, the video seems to have been taken down, but here’s a description: Women Science Fiction Writers Celebrate Women’s History Month.

FEMINIST SF HISTORIES

FEMINIST SF TEACHING ANTHOLOGIES

  • Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century by Justine Larbalestier
  • The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction 1960-1990. Ursula K. Le Guin and Brian Attebery. W. W. Norton & Company. 1993.
  • the Future Females anthologies by Marleen S. Barr
  • Feminist Philosophy and Science Fiction: Utopias and Dystopias. Judith A. Little

ADDITIONAL BOOKS – FICTION, SCHOLARSHIP, HISTORY

  • Women of Wonder: The Classic Years. Ed. Pamela Sargent. Harvest/Harcourt. Orlando, FL. 1995. (or any book from series, although the mid-entries reprint earlier texts)
  • A Woman’s Liberation: A Choice of Futures By and About Women. Connie Willis and Sheila Williams. Warner Books. New York. 2001.
  • Memories and Visions (1989) and The Women Who Walk Through Fire (1990). Ed. Susanna J. Sturgis.
  • Flying Cups and Saucers: Gender Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Ed. Debbie Notkin. Lulu.com Publishing. 2008.
  • The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Arthur B. Evans, et al. Wesleyan University Press. Middletown, CT. 2010.
  • Daughters of Icarus: New Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy. Ed. Josie Borwn. Pink Narcissus Press. Auburn, MA. 2013.
  • Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown. 2015.
  • Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann VanderMeer (Editor), Jeff VanderMeer (Editor). 2015.

Also see Lisa Yaszek’s upcoming project:

Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction. Co-edited with Patrick B. Sharp (Wesleyan University Press, forthcoming January 2016).  “This anthology shows how women contributed to the development of modern science fiction between 1880 and 1950. It explores how women used their diverse roles as authors, artists, science writers, editors and fans to shape science fiction as a distinct popular form and to participate in debates about the necessary relations of science, society, and gender. It features a wide range of writing and artwork by women involved with the early science fiction community as well as critical essays and headnotes by the editors and a concluding essay by contemporary award-winning science fiction author Kathleen Ann Goonan.”

SF IN THE CLASSROOM

EXCO COURSES

(example) Feminist sf courses: Space Opera, Minneapolis, MN  [new courses every semester]  Exco Course on Feminist SF/Space Opera (Spring 2015). Free community learning course. http://excotwincities.org/2015/02/08/feminist-science-fiction-the-space-opera-version/. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Minneapolis-Feminist-Science-Fiction-Classes/1635276546700255.

FEMINIST SF TEACHING FILMS

ITVS’s Futurestates series

ITVS’s Futurestates series uses short film to “transform[ ] complex social issues into visions of our world in the decades to come.” Although many of the films focus on gender, race, class, labor, poverty, war, immigration, education, big business, and the environment, quite a few use “the body” as a focal point, anchoring their narratives in conflicts over reproductive rights, genetic engineering, disability rights, and the com/modification of the body (e.g., the sale of organs or the enhancement of memory or intelligence).  A few examples below:

Laura Keller (government-controlled reproduction due to national crisis) [starring Amber Benson, the actress who played Tara on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer]

        Elliot King is Third (government-enforced monitoring of a “third” gender)

        Crossover (a mother sells her organs to provide her children with a better education)

        Beholder (a gated community controls whether or not children may have the “gay gene”)         [starring Jessica Paré, who plays Megan Draper on Mad Men]

Silver Sling (women in poverty, many of whom are immigrants, are surrogates for risky accelerated births which allow high-ranking female employees at corporations to avoid taking off from work)

Advantageous (a middle-aged corporate spokeswoman trades in her body for a younger model in order to ensure her daughter’s future)

Life Begins at Rewirement (an elderly woman is consigned to vr by her son, who no longer wants to take care of her)

INDEX TO FEMINIST SF SCHOLARSHIP

Robin Anne Reid’s Index of Feminist sf Scholarship, 1995 – 2009

BOOK REVIEWS

FEMINIST SF READING LISTS

FICTION AND INDUSTRY MAGAZINES

FEMINIST AND OTHER SF JOURNALS

  • ADA  (through the Fembot Collective site). Online. See special issue on feminist sf
  • Femspec

The journals Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, Foundation, and Science Fiction Film and Television regularly publish gender-related SF scholarship. Also see Paradoxa and Mechademia.  New journal as of 2015: The Journal of Science Fiction.

See also the resources page on this site.

FEMINIST SF PRESSES

Also, see the presses that present at Wiscon in the Dealers’ Room and such presses as McFarland (Jefferson, NC, http://www.mcfarlandpub.com).

LIBRARY COLLECTIONS OF INTEREST

  • University of Oregon (personal papers of Le Guin, Tiptree, MacLean, and others)
  • UC-Riverside Eaton Collection (ephemera, fanzines, paperbacks, film scripts, etc.)
  • Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green, OH (pulps and much more)
  • See also the resources page on this site

CONFERENCES (SCHOLARLY AND SOCIAL)

SPECIAL CONFERENCES

Agents of Change Conference at University of Oregon-Eugene to celebrate 40th anniversary of the Center for the Study of Women in Society and to dedicate the first annual Ursula K. LeGuin fellowship.  See my review in Femspec: Report on ‘Agents of Change’: Feminist SF Critics Meet Feminist SF Authors at University of Oregon.” Conference Report. Femspec 15.2 (2015): 158-    61. Print.

ORGANIZATIONS

Broaduniverse.  Also see Facebook.

FACEBOOK GROUPS

Feminist sf Fandom

MEETUPS

(example) SuperHeroinesEtc, St. Louis, MO, fka Nerdy Girls

LISTSERVS

Feminist-sf.  This listserv is used primarily as a means for posing specific questions regarding feminist sf research. To subscribe, visit http://lists.feministsf.net/listinfo.cgi/feministsf-feministsf.net or, via email, send a message with subject or body ‘help’ to feministsf-request@lists.feministsf.net.

FEMINIST SF WEBSITES

http://feministsf.org/crit/index.html (no longer maintained, but resources are still up)

ONLINE SF ENCYCLOPEDIAS

BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

The British Fanzine Bibliography and Fantastic Fiction are also useful resources for bibliographies.  Uchronia offers an index focused solely on alternate histories.

University library catalogs, Worldcat, Amazon, and ABEbooks are useful for locating texts, and Project Gutenberg (see their Science Fiction Bookshelf) may have copies of those texts now in the public domain. Google Books can be useful for quickly identifying quotations and confirming bibliographic data.

SECONDARY SOURCES

The Texas A&M Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection

AUDIO BOOKS

(example) See: Ruby, the Galactic Gumshoe. A radio-drama revival. Originally broadcast around the world in 23 countries, including the CBC, Canada, BBC, England and ABC, Australia. It received the Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction of the Year. Ruby officially entered Science Fiction’s Audio Hall of Fame for Best Science Fiction of 1982.

PODCASTS AND DRAMATIC READINGS

Reading of stories by Gwyneth Jones, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kij Johnson, Tanith Lee, Kage Baker, Nicola Griffith, Joan Vinge, Pat Cadigan, Theodora Goss, C. J. Cherryh, Mary Soon Lee, Pamela Sargent, Elizabeth Bear, Mary Rosenblum, Kim Newman, and other female authors are available on the StarShipSofa site, along with the works of male authors (several of particular interest to feminist SF, such as Ted Chiang, Geoff Ryman, and John Varley).

COMIC BOOKS

FANZINES

Efanzines

WOMEN & AGING IN SF

Catherine Lundoff’s “Aging in sf” List

            Part 1 http://catherineldf.livejournal.com/372524.html

    Part 2 http://catherineldf.livejournal.com/372439.html

FAIRY TALE AND FABLES

For a link portal dedicated to the teaching of myth and fairy tales, see Snow White

WOMEN IN THE PULPS AND SLICKS (late 19th – 1940s)

PULP STUDIES

RESOURCES IN MINNEAPOLIS

BOOKSTORES

Uncle Hugo’s and Uncle Edgar’s Bookstore — 2864 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Dreamhaven Books & Comics — 2301 E 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406-3015

EXCO COURSES

Feminist SF courses: Space Opera, Minneapolis, MN (example) [new courses every semester]  Exco Course on Feminist SF/Space Opera (Spring 2015). Free community learning course. http://excotwincities.org/2015/02/08/feminist-science-fiction-the-space-opera-version/. Facebook

FAN ORGANIZATIONS AND MEETUPS

Minnesota Science Fiction Society — Founded 1966; social/informational; provides information on upcoming conventions in the area; and its monthly newsletter, EINBLATT http://www.mnstf.org/einblatt/

MinnSpec — Minnesota speculative fiction writers meetup

Geek Partnership Society

The Rivendell Discussion Group of The Mythopoeic Society; David Lenander, coordinator

MN AUTHORS OF INTEREST

Minneapolis SF and Fantasy authors of interest to feminist sf researchers: Eleanor Arnason, Ruth Berman, Lyda Morehouse, and Raphael Carter; also, Rachel Gold (lesbian and trans-themed novels), Abra Staffin-Wiebe (steampunk – new book out this year), Caroline Stevermer (YA, fantasy), Pamela Dean (YA, fantasy) and Naomi Kritzer (fantasy), Catherine Lundoff

CONVENTIONS

Diversicon — Annual, Minneapolis. Self-described as a multicultural con

CONvergence — A large Minnesota con held in July

Relaxacon

Arcanacon (dark fantasy)

Upcoming Conventions in the U.S. — (from silly to scholarly) http://www.upcomingcons.com/science-fiction-conventions

LIVE PERFORMANCE

Gadfly Theatre Productions — A LBGT/feminist-focused theatre that sponsors a Final Frontier theatre festival in Spring. In 2014 it was held at Nimbus Theatre June 13-22, 2014.  The theme for Spring 2015 is Horror. The theme for 2016 will probably be Villains/Superheroes.

Lady Poetesses from Hell — A feminist SF performing poetry group based in Minneapolis. Eleanor Arnason is a member. Their anthology is available on Amazon (Bag Person Press Collective (2012)). See Arnason’s blogspot: http://eleanorarnason.blogspot.com/2008/05/possible-cober-for-lpfh-anthology.html

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

UMN – Twin Cities (example): Novels, paperbacks, and some pulps.  Complete or near-complete runs of the likes of EXTRAPOLATION;  FOUNDATION; and SCIENCE FICTION STUDIES in hardcopy (some as eJournals as well), but we do not have NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION or JOURNAL OF THE FANTASTIC IN THE ARTS (and have only scattered older issues/volumes of LOCUS and LUNA MONTHLY, in storage).  The only current sf magazine to which Wilson is subscribing is ANALOG.  The Hess Collection (part of the Children’s Literature Research Collection, in nearby Andersen Library) has some incomplete backfiles of GALAXY and MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION.   Hess also has quite a bit of juvenile series books and dime novels/story papers, some of sf/f interest. Pulps are part of the Hess Collection within the CLRC.  See the UMN databases for specifics.

SAMPLING OF COURSES AT UMN – TWIN CITIES

FL2015             CSCL 3461      Monsters, Robots, Cyborgs

FL2015             CSCL 3465       Aliens

FL2015             ENGL 3022       Science Fiction and Fantasy

FL2015             ENGL 3025       The End of the World in Literature and History

FL2015             JOUR 1501         Digital Games, Sims and Apps: Storytelling, Play and Commerce

FL2015             JOUR 3745        Mass Media and Popular Culture

SP2015             ALL 5920         Science Fiction, Empire, and Japan

SP2015             ENGL 3330      Queer Futurity (also GLBT 3610)

FL2014             ENGL 3022     Science Fiction and Fantasy

FL 2014             ENGL 3024      The Graphic Novel

FL 2014             ENGL 3090      Progress and Madness: Lit, Science, and  Technology

FL2014             ENGL 3090      The Original Walking Dead in  Victorian England

FL 2014             ENGL 3960W   Nuclear/Family-American 1950s in Technicolor

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