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The Dreaming Sex
The Dreaming Sex

The Dreaming Sex

Early Tales of Scientific Imagination by Women

Edited by Mike Ashley

FICTION

256 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: May 2011

ISBN 9780720613544

Rights: US & CA

Peter Owen Publishers (May 2011)

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Overview

Rare jewels of Victorian fiction highlight the fantastic contributions made by women writers in the early development of science fiction

Rare jewels of Victorian fiction highlight the fantastic contributions made by women writers in the early development of science fictionA selection of early science fiction short stories by women are collected here, along with an introduction exploring the contributions women made in the early development of the field—in particular the different perspectives they cast on the wonders or fears that technological and scientific advances may bring. The contributions of women to the history of science fiction and to the genre's development has been sorely overlooked. Frankenstein, generally reckoned as the first true work of science fiction, was by Mary Shelley, and one of the first utopian works written in America was also by a woman, Mary Griffith. A companion volume to his acclaimed The Darker Sex, Mike Ashley's latest collection is more essential reading by such female writers as Mary Shelley, Clare Winger Harris, Adeline Knapp, and many others.

Reviews

"This worthy assortment of stories is diminished only by the unfortunate need to show yet again that women are just as creative and skilled as men."—Publishers Weekly

"[This collection] is certainly a useful and entertaining addition to the library of the genre's prehistory, and within this niche deserves some considerable attention."  —Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction

Author Biography

Mike Ashley is an author and editor of science fiction, mystery, and fantasy. He is well known for editing the Mammoth Book series of short-story anthologies, and he won the Edgar Award for The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction.