Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis

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Autumn and SF

Happy birthday to xanath, and happy early birthday to curtana. May both of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

And to everyone, a bit belatedly, happy autumn!

A few quick notes:

* Thanks (I think) to Geekend and io9 for their shout-outs re: my recent interview about science fiction on the "State of Affairs" NPR program. (Note: My longer talk on this same topic will soon be airing on the StarShipSofa podcast.)

* My lecture for the Friends of the Rudisill Library at Lenoir-Rhyne University, originally scheduled for Sept. 25, has been postponed so I may recover from this ridiculously long-lived wheeze-fest of a sickness. I will post as soon as the new date is set.

Many thanks to everyone who gave me recommendations re: single-sex societies in science fiction. Here's my new, improved list. For now I'm leaving out third gender and/or genderless worlds (such as Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness) and works in which single-sex societies are mentioned but not the focus, but I'm keeping in gender-segregated socities.

Single-Gender Societies in SF
Mizora, Mary E. Bradley Lane (1880-1881)
Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915)
Swastika Night, Katharine Burdekin (1937)
The Disappearance, Philip Wylie (1951)
Alph (World Without Men), Charles Eric Maine (1958)
Virgin Planet, Poul Anderson (1959)
Spartan Planet, A. Bertram Chandler (1968)
Sex and the High Command, John Boyd (1970)
The Holdfast Chronicles, Suzy McKee Charnas (1974-1999)
Meanwhile, Max Handley (1977)
The Wanderground, Sally Miller Gearhart (1979)
The White Plague, Frank Herbert (1982)
Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold (1986)
A Door into Ocean, Joan Slonczewski (1986)
The Shore of Women, Pamela Sargent (1986)
The Gate to Women's Country, Sheri S. Tepper (1988)
Ammonite, Nicola Griffith (1993)
Glory Season, David Brin (1993)
I Who Have Never Known Men, Jacqueline Harpman (1997)
Califia's Daughters, Leigh Richards (2004)
The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness (2008)

Short Stories
"Sultana's Dream," Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein (1905)
"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)

I stumbled across this while reading some Edgar Allan Poe, and it fascinated me, so here's your quote of the day:

Dactylic Couplet
Can it be fancied that Deity ever vindictively
Made in his image a manikin merely to madden it?
- Edgar Allan Poe, 1846
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