Saturday, April 30, 2011

R. I. P. Joanna Russ

Locus reports the sad news that Joanna Russ has died. Although she hadn't written much in recent years, she was an important voice in sf during a turbulent and transformative time.

She is the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women's Writing, as well as a contemporary novel, On Strike Against God, and one children's book, Kittatinny. She is best known for The Female Man, a novel combining utopian fiction and satire. It used the device of parallel worlds to consider the ways that different societies might produce very different versions of the same person, and how all might interact and respond to sexism.

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