- Hardcover: 475 pages
- Publisher: Library of America (October 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781598535808
- ISBN-13: 978-1598535808
- ASIN: 1598535803
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin: A Library of America Special Publication Hardcover – October 9, 2018
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“Make no mistake: The quality of the stories here is unassailable.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Valuable ... educational and enjoyable, a significant retrospective of science fiction’s foremothers.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"An impressive and super fun-to-read collection that’s well worth picking up, and what it will leave you with (other than the notion that the future ain’t what it used to be) is the sense that women have always been into sci-fi—and they’ve been good at it." —Marie Claire
“Lisa Yaszek’s fascinating and well-researched anthology presents a trove of writers who helped define the genre…what all the stories have in common is sheer readability and a delicious sense of discovery.” —Gary K. Wolfe, The Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Lisa Yaszek, editor, is Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech and past president of the Science Fiction Research Association. She is the author of Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women's Science Fiction (2008), and coeditor of Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (2016); she currently serves as a juror for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year and the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for the Best Speculative Story of the Year.
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This book contains 25 stories from Hall of Fame-level female SF authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin, James Tiptree Jr., and Marion Zimmer Bradley to people whose names you might be unfamiliar with.
Editor Lisa Yaszek includes a terrific foreword that talks about the history of women in science fiction. The TL;DR of it is that women were foundational to the beginning of the genre and to its rise.
The editor was not messing around when she put together this collection. Although many of the stories are decades old, I discovered at least seven authors that I have never encountered before. You will, too.
I also loved the end notes, where the editor went into the writers' lives, use of pen names, and other interesting information. Most anthology's end notes just include the writer's "bona fides" - such-and-such award, such-and-such upcoming publication. This was much more comprehensive.