Tag Archives: Feminist Science Fiction
My format of contact with the authors would probably be an interview or discussion more so than a direct letter. The questions I want to ask span across the wealth of feminist science-fiction authors we have discussed in class.
– What biologic and technologic devices have helped you challenge gender and sexuality across your works?
– Do you deliberately set out to challenge preconceptions of gender when you write your works, or does it come out naturally as a result of your personality/values/beliefs?
– What relationships have you had with your fans? With fanfiction?
And then the questions pertaining to my personal projects would be directed to Ursula K. Le Guin, Pamela Sargent & Kate Wilhelm:
– Why cloning?
– How does cloning shift the power dynamics of society in your works?
– What are the gendered implications do your cloning narratives?
Finally, because of the absence of Pamela Sargent correspondences in the archives, I would ask:
– What was/is your relationship to other authors of the science-fiction community?
Song from the Kalevala
By Eleanor Arnason
29 March 2004
My daughter is gone.
She has turned into a salmon.
Fat and silver,
she glides through the ocean.
All I wanted
was a good marriage for her.
All I wanted
was a wizard for an in-law.
Obstinate as a pig,
she jumped in the water.
With a flick of her fins,
she swam from our family.
Children so rarely
turn out the way you want.
Laura and I came across this in our research of Eleanor Arnason. It was too good not to share.
After being immersed in the correspondance of Wilhelm, her literary agent Charles Schlessiger and her editor Gordon Van Gelder, I was thrilled to find a piece of fannish praise for Wilhelm online on Van Gelder’s behalf. Worth a read. http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/2001/gvg0109.htm
“Such writers might not get the obsessive fascination that belongs to the live-fast-die-young victims, but every now and then, at times like this, we can try to tell writers like Kate Wilhelm just how grateful we are for all the joy they’ve given us and how much we look forward to the stories yet to come . . . and we can hope that’s enough.”
Van Gelder, Gordon. “Kate Wilhelm: An Appreciation.” Fantasy and Science Fiction: Editorials & Editor’s Recommendations. N.p., Dec. 2001. Web. 25 Oct. 2013. <http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/2001/gvg0109.htm>.