The Feminine Future: Early Science Fiction by Women Writers

The Feminine Future Early Science Fiction by Women Writers In addition to drawing attention to these overlooked female sci fi authors The Feminine Future is valuable for the perspective it provides on a period of transition for the genre Los Angeles Review o

  • Title: The Feminine Future: Early Science Fiction by Women Writers
  • Author: Mike Ashley
  • ISBN: 9780486790237
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • In addition to drawing attention to these overlooked female sci fi authors, The Feminine Future is valuable for the perspective it provides on a period of transition for the genre Los Angeles Review of BooksFeaturing hard to find short stories published between 1873 and 1930, this original anthology spotlights a variety of important sci fi pioneers, including Ethel Wa In addition to drawing attention to these overlooked female sci fi authors, The Feminine Future is valuable for the perspective it provides on a period of transition for the genre Los Angeles Review of BooksFeaturing hard to find short stories published between 1873 and 1930, this original anthology spotlights a variety of important sci fi pioneers, including Ethel Watts Mumford, Edith Nesbit, and Clare Winger Harris Imaginative scenarios include a feminist society in another dimension, the east west division of the United States with men and women on opposite sides, a man who converts himself into a cyborg, a drug that confers superhuman qualities, and many other curious situations.Editor Mike Ashley provides an informative introduction to the stories Highlights include When Time Turned 1901 , which centers on a grieving widower who contrives to relive his life backwards The Painter of Dead Women 1910 , the tale of a woman in thrall to a Svengali like character who promises to preserve her beauty forever The Automaton Ear 1876 , in which an inventor struggles to create a machine to detect sounds from the distant past Ely s Automatic Housemaid 1899 , a lighthearted fable concerning a robot housemaid and ten other captivating tales Glad that Mike Ashley and Dover Publications have put together early science fiction by women authors Great resource for classes University of Maine at Machias

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    1. An anthology of early speculative fiction by women. While this is a public-domain collection, I hadn't encountered any of these stories before, and they're not all easy to find - so this is definitely a worthwhile publication.Not only interesting for historic value; the vast majority of the selections are highly entertaining. *** When Time Turned - Ethel Watts Mumford (1901)An early example (if not the earliest?) of a story where a man purports to experience life lived in reverse.**** The Painte [...]

    2. “One reason why we say so few women wrote science fiction in the early days: it’s because we’ve simply forgotten them.”When I saw an anthology of early female-authored scifi on Netgalley, I knew I had to grab it. While I'm well aware of the female participants in the golden age of detective fiction, I had no idea that they women were also so active in early science fiction. All the stories are in the public domain, but I think the stories are more approachable here, as Ashley starts each [...]

    3. Crossposted @ Fantasy Book Care for Women in SF&F MonthBefore beginning, I’d like to say that this post is equal parts a love letter to science fiction and a review of the book The Feminine Future: Early Science Fiction by Women Writers edited by Mike Ashley, which the publisher provided me in exchange for an honest review.Science fiction has always been a huge part of my life. From grand stories about future civilizations with technology I could only imagine to your every day comics about [...]

    4. Mike Ashley’s had an impressive career in science fiction as an editor and anthologist, from writing the four-volume History of the Science Fiction Magazine in the 1970s to editing the Mammoth Book of anthology series today. It seems he and I share some of the same values based on his introduction; he puts forth two popular genre misconceptions that this volume hopes to correct. First, that science fiction is a genre of just fanciful adventure stories, with its bug-eyed monsters and super-scie [...]

    5. Got a full dose of early pulp science fiction with this, and concluded that it's definitely not my thing. Sometimes it's silly in a fun sort of way, but mostly I just find it silly. Depending on your reasons for wanting to read this, it might also be worth noting that, although all the stories are written by women, only a few of them address feminist or gender issues. Most of them have male protagonists, and some don't have any female characters at all. Which is not to say that I think female wr [...]

    6. A sampling of female-written SF from 1873-1930, some good, some not so good, but all centering on ideas still employed by current SF authors: reverse aging, sentient landscapes, alternate worlds, etc. The author bios that precede each tale make even the most dated tales worth reading.

    7. As someone who's interested both in early SF and women writers, I leapt at the opportunity to review this (via Netgalley). It didn't disappoint, although for some reason I had misunderstood and was expecting specifically feminist fiction. It's "feminine", not "feminist". There are a couple of proto-feminist stories, but most of the stories, written between 1873 and 1930, read very much like stories by men of the time. The viewpoint (whether first or third person) is almost always a man's, notabl [...]

    8. If you enjoy classic SF, or the history of literature, this is a great little collection which shows some of the earliest SF stories written by female authors long forgotten, a couple you might recognize with some surprise and some all but anonymous. They feature now-classic elements like time or dimensional travel, flying cars, philosophical interpretations of life and death, obsessions leading to innovations, humorous folly, wonderous machines and alternative history. Sometimes the science is [...]

    9. Only one story here, "The Third Drug," remotely appealed to me. I wish I could appreciate this collection for its historical context, at least. But clearly pulp sci-fi isn't my cuppa, and I can only read so many racist, misogynistic, utterly boring stories before I want to throw the book across the room. I wonder how different this book might have been in the hands of a woman, NB, or trans editor.

    10. True Rating: 4.5 stars.There is a special pleasure in reading science fiction written in the early years of the genre, before scientific discoveries and technological advances made it more difficult to pen fantastic plots whose credibility could not be instantly discounted. Certainly, “modern” sci-fi can threaten the boundaries of plausibility, but it generally tends to stay within the realm of the possible. What crashes through those boundaries usually winds up being classified as fantasy. [...]

    11. This is a great anthology that I am really glad to own. Even though I didn’t love all of the stories in this, the collection as a whole gets a very well deserved 4 stars for three main reasons: 1) Girl Power!, 2) I loved the way each story was preluded by Ashley with a bit of background on the author, a mention of their other works and where they had previously been collected etc and 3) This anthology has introduced me to a bunch of fantastic female writers, that I may never have come across o [...]

    12. This is an interesting collection of science fiction short stories, all written by women around the dawn of the genre: the tail end of the 19th and early decades of the 20th centuries. I must confess to being completely unfamiliar with any of the authors, exceptEdith Nesbit, ofFive Children and It fame, but it was interesting to see that women were writing in what is usually regarded as a very male-dominated genre and era right from the start. Some of these stories were published in the big maga [...]

    13. Overall Impressions 3 starsI don't much care for the "classic" style of writing; I like my plots dense and my pacing energetic and while I appreciate lovely prose, it's not necessarily my priority. The value of this collection for me is therefore mostly in its historical significance -- though several of the stories were enjoyable.When Time Turned, Ethel Watts Mumford 3 starsNotable for being an early (the earliest?) portrayal of the "life lived in reverse" concept, but Mumford doesn't really do [...]

    14. As with most anthologies, some of these stories were really good, and some were just meh. The collection is good overall though, and I think it is definitely important to illustrate the history of women writing science fiction, as well as the fact that some of these stories came before well known stories by men that have similar ideas/plots. And yet these women's stories have gone largely unknown. I also really enjoyed the brief biographies of each author preceding their story. I will definitely [...]

    15. This is one of the most solid short story collections I have ever read. The stories are diverse in style and premise; this book contains scientific romance, social satire, a horror story in the vein of Frankenstein, weird fiction, and a pulp adventure or two. I enjoyed all but one of these stories. I recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys late 19th and early 20th century writing.

    16. This wasn't by any means perfect, but it was so fascinating and rewarding to read these stories by women that prove we were there, and have always been there, for everything. The collection has everything: adventure, horror, wild inventions, prophecy, all the variety of sci-fi you could want. There were stories that read just like any Burroughs; there were stories of depth and illumination; there were wildly feminist stories and some that were decidedly not. There was a bit more eugenics than th [...]

    17. I've been reading this is dribs and drabs for a couple months now. It's an interesting collection, perhaps more as a historical artefact than for the stories themselves, though if you're super into late-Victorian through WWII pulps, it might be more your thing. There were a couple stories that I loved, a few that I liked pretty well, and one that I couldn't finish, which isn't bad for any SF collection, but the bulk I wasn't too hot on. I felt like the stories with female protagonists were more [...]

    18. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The stories in this collection are all in the public domain, but this is a well curated collection that brings together a great collection of early science fiction stories written by women. I really didn't have a clue about how innovative some of these writers were, and the stories were entertaining and fun. A great collection for science fiction fans.

    19. I know it's 'early' science fiction but I found these stories to not really hold my interest for as long as I wanted. They each had maybe one small sci-fi element, but their styles were simply that of late-nineteenth/early-twentieth century prose, which I haven't ever gotten on with. An interesting idea for an anthology, but unfortunately not what I'm interested in.

    20. Friend Island by Francis Stevens is so worth the read. It's so worth it to just find it online and give it a read even if you don't read this book.

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