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The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction

By Justine Larbalestier
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Publisher Description

Runner-up for the Hugo Best Related Book Award (2003)

The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction is a lively account of the role of women and feminism in the development of American science fiction during its formative years, the mid-20th century. Beginning in 1926, with the publication of the first issue of Amazing Stories, Justine Larbalestier examines science fiction's engagement with questions of femininity, masculinity, sex and sexuality. She traces the debates over the place of women and feminism in science fiction as it emerged in stories, letters and articles in science fiction magazines and fanzines. The book culminates in the story of James Tiptree, Jr. and the eponymous Award. Tiptree was a successful science fiction writer of the 1970s who was later discovered to be a woman. Tiptree's easy acceptance by the male-dominated publishing arena of the time proved that there was no necessary difference in the way men and women wrote, but that there was a real difference in the way they were read.

About Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier is the author of The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction, Daughters of the Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century and the young adult novel Magic or Madness. Larbalestier is an honorary associate in the School of English, Art History, Film and Media at the University of Sydney. She makes extended visits to New York City.

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