In other news...
* Matthew Sanborn Smith of StarShipSofa has a witty new podcast of his own showcasing his short science fiction, and it's definitely worth checking out: Beware the Hairy Mango."
* Fantasy author David B. Coe has posted an excellent column on the usefulness of the term "speculative fiction": "Speculating on Fiction's Name."
* According to my recent poll, the science fiction/fantasy television series my friends are most likely to be watching this fall are V, Dollhouse, Fringe, and Supernatural. I'm a bit behind on Fringe - I may have to wait and catch up via DVD - but I am looking forward to trying V as well as FlashForward when they debut.
* On the latest episode of The Sofanauts podcast, I am one of three guests in a roundtable discussion on "the week in science fiction news" along with accomplished authors Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremiah Tolbert. You can stream or download this episode here.
Last but not least...
A question. I've been thinking about my forthcoming course on "100 Years of Single-Gender Societies in Fiction." Here are the primary novels and short stories that I had in mind related to the subject. Am I missing some classic science fiction titles? Does anyone have suggestions for other books and short stories that belong on a "Best Of" list? I'd welcome any recommendations you may have. Thanks!
Single-Gender Societies in Fiction - A "Best Of" List
Mizora, Mary E. Bradley Lane (1880-1881)
Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915)
The Disappearance, Philip Wylie (1951)
The Holdfast Chronicles, Suzy McKee Charnas (1974-1999)
Meanwhile, Max Handley (1977)
The Wanderground, Sally Miller Gearhart (1979)
Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold (1986)
The Shore of Women, Pamela Sargent (1986)
The Gate to Women's Country, Sheri S. Tepper (1988)
Ammonite, Nicola Griffith (1993)
"Consider Her Ways," John Wyndham (1956)
"The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal," Cordwainer Smith (1964)
"When It Changed," Joanna Russ (1972)
"Houston, Houston, Do You Read?," James Tiptree, Jr. (1976)
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