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For the show, James Cameron personally interviewed six of the biggest names in science fiction filmmaking—Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ridley Scott, and Steven Spielberg—to get their perspectives on the importance of the genre. This book reproduces the interviews in full as the greatest minds in the genre discuss key topics including alien life, time travel, outer space, dark futures, monsters, and intelligent machines.
An in-depth interview with Cameron is also featured, plus essays by experts in the science fiction field on the main themes covered in the show. Illustrated with rare and previously unseen concept art from Cameron’s personal archives, plus imagery from iconic sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction offers a sweeping examination of a genre that continues to ask questions, push limits, and thrill audiences around the world.
SF-expert Lisa Yaszek presents the biggest and best survey of the female tradition in American science fiction ever published, a thrilling collection of twenty-five classic tales. From Pulp Era pioneers to New Wave experimentalists, here are over two dozen brilliant writers ripe for discovery and rediscovery, including Leslie F. Stone, Judith Merril, Leigh Brackett, Kit Reed, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree Jr., and Ursula K. Le Guin. Imagining strange worlds and unexpected futures, looking into and beyond new technologies and scientific discoveries, in utopian fantasies and tales of cosmic horror, these women created and shaped speculative fiction as surely as their male counterparts. Their provocative, mind-blowing stories combine to form a thrilling multidimensional voyage of literary-feminist exploration and recovery.
Introduction by LISA YASZEK
CLARE WINGER HARRIS The Miracle of the Lily (1928)
LESLIE F. STONE The Conquest of Gola (1931)
C. L. MOORE The Black God’s Kiss (1934)
LESLIE PERRI Space Episode (1941)
JUDITH MERRIL That Only a Mother (1948)
WILMAR H. SHIRAS In Hiding (1948)
KATHERINE MACLEAN Contagion (1950)
MARGARET ST. CLAIR The Inhabited Men (1951)
ZENNA HENDERSON Ararat (1952)
ANDREW NORTH All Cats Are Gray (1953)
ALICE ELEANOR JONES Created He Them (1955)
MILDRED CLINGERMAN Mr. Sakrison’s Halt (1956)
LEIGH BRACKETT All the Colors of the Rainbow (1957)
CAROL EMSHWILLER Pelt (1958)
ROSEL GEORGE BROWN Car Pool (1959)
ELISABETH MANN BORGESE For Sale, Reasonable (1959)
DORIS PITKIN BUCK Birth of a Gardner (1961)
ALICE GLASER The Tunnel Ahead (1961)
KIT REED The New You (1962)
JOHN JAY WELLS & MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY Another Rib (1963)
SONYA DORMAN When I Was Miss Dow (1966)
KATE WILHELM Baby, You Were Great (1967)
JOANNA RUSS The Barbarian (1968)
JAMES TIPTREE JR. The Last Flight of Dr. Ain (1969)
URSULA K. LE GUIN Nine Lives (1969)
For nearly half a century, feminist scholars, writers, and fans have successfully challenged the notion that science fiction is all about "boys and their toys," pointing to authors such as Mary Shelley, Clare Winger Harris, and Judith Merril as proof that women have always been part of the genre. Continuing this tradition, Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction offers readers a comprehensive selection of works by genre luminaries, including author C. L. Moore, artist Margaret Brundage, and others who were well known in their day, including poet Julia Boynton Green, science journalist L. Taylor Hansen, and editor Mary Gnaedinger. Providing insightful commentary and context, this anthology documents how women in the early twentieth century contributed to the pulp-magazine community and showcases the content they produced, including short stories, editorial work, illustrations, poetry, and science journalism. Yaszek and Sharp's critical annotation and author biographies link women's work in the early science fiction community to larger patterns of feminine literary and cultural production in turn-of-the-twentieth-century America. In a concluding essay, the award-winning author Kathleen Ann Goonan considers such work in relation to the history of women in science and engineering and to the contemporary science fiction community itself.
Additionally, the editors have marshaled some of today’s most exciting writers for a roundtable discussion of the genre: Bill Campbell, Minister Faust, Nalo Hopkinson, N. K. Jemisin, Chinelo Onwualu, Nisi Shawl, and Nick Wood. Pioneering author and editor Sheree R. Thomas limns how black women have led new developments in contemporary Afrofuturism, and artist Stacey Robinson’s illustrations orient readers to the spirited themes of this enduring and consequential literary tradition.
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