Women in Speculative Fiction

Jul 6th, 2015
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The fiction which we imbibe on a daily basis plays an undeniably large role in the collective creative conscious of our society. The things we imagine have direct correlations to the things which we have already seen imagined. It has been said that every idea stems from another, and also suggested that there is no true originality in the world. While this may be an extreme interpretation of certain evident truths, it is also not to be taken lightly.

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Jeffrey RodriguezWomen in Speculative FictionThe fiction which we imbibe on a daily basis plays an undeniably large role in the collective creative conscious of our society. The things we imagine have direct correlations to the things which we have already seen imagined. It has been said that every idea stems from another, and also suggested that there is no true originality in the world. While this may be an extreme interpretation of certain evident truths, it is also not to be taken lightly. The things we come up with, imagine and daydream about are all directly related to what we have seen, done, or been told about in our lifespans. This is exactly why fiction, and the depiction of different minorities, namely women, in our fiction is so important.When I first began researching this topic, I thought the task would prove exponentially more difficult than it really was. I failed to realize the enormous role women play in speculative fiction, both as characters and as authors. In fact, what many people consider the very first science fiction novel, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), was written by Mary Shelley. While it is generally accepted that science fiction itself, as a genre, has an overwhelmingly male audience, women have always played a prominent, if understated, role. In the early 20th century many female fiction writers wrote under pseudonyms or gender ambiguous names, such as Catherine Lucille Moore, better known as C.L. Moore, most f

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