Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction that has been called the “literature of ideas.” It typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, time travel, parallel universes, fictional worlds, space exploration, and extraterrestrial life. – Wikipedia
Mother of Science Fiction
Mary Shelley is the famous author of Frankenstein’s Monster or The Modern Prometheus. She wrote the novel in a summer where a bet was to write the creepiest story you could think about and read it to your friends. Mary took the bet to heart. Her father wanted her highly educated, and so she was.
Mary Shelley is, for many, the ‘Mother of Science-Fiction’ and inspired many women to write. Two hundred years ago, Shelley’s father refused to endorse her work saying that she deserved to have her name in the novel as she was the one who wrote it. Her father was not only an anarchist but also a politician with avant-garde thinking.
Shelley’s novel has an excellent introduction. One that says that her friends during that summer, mostly young men, went out to have fun. However, it added that their work was much better than her own if only they
History knows the truth now, the introduction to Frankenstein’s Monster was not by the hand of the legendary Mary Shelley but her husband who wanted the men in her circle to appear better by belittling her work, the work of his own wife.
To this day Frankenstein’s Monster is unique to his genre. While part of the original and iconic classical monsters, he is the only one made of science with no supernatural involvement. By writing Frankenstein’s Monster, Mary Shelley created science-fiction.
Thank you, Mary, for your work, your passion, your love and pride to be a woman when no one was ready to give you a chance you took it alongside your father’s pride in you.
While Shelley’s monster gained in popularity and everyone knows her name, how many other authors with an internal plumbery system can you name that wrote or write high science-fiction, i.e. no romance but pure science-fiction? Heck, we could even throw horror in the mix if you ask me, aside from Mary Shelley of course.
That many, huh? American novelist, Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the women authors and one of those known for her work and contribution to science fiction.
She possessed a master’s degree in French and began doctoral studies yet abandoned them when getting married to Charles Le Guin. Ursula was the first woman to earn a Nebula award for best novel. We’re in the sixties here, and she started her career with fantasy.
Always Coming Home is one of her work often quoted. She used anthropology, feminism, and psychology to create protagonists that were often females with darker skin tones. Le Guin had a very précised view on humanity and wanted to create an equilibrium with her writing.
Born in California, she lived from 1929 to 2018. Le Guin was the second woman to receive many awards and honor in her field. Note here. We’re in the second millennium.
Science of Women
Upon doing research, of course, the name of James Tiptree Jr. came up, another perfect example that we still live to this day in a man’s world. This American science fiction author hid her sex for nearly ten years before people knew she was a woman writing science fiction.
Octavia E. Butler is another Californian woman of science fiction. She received many awards and honored in her field as well throughout her entire career as a novelist of the genre. Born in 1947, Octavia lost her father young, and so her mother raised her, and she became a novelist.
So many names come up when looking into women and science fiction, however, never as many as men because and I believe, many of them used pen names to hide their gender so they wouldn’t suffer rejection, sexism
For years, and still to this day, women are not on the same level as men for writing science fiction. So, many still hide who they indeed are.
A Vagina Wants Romance
I don’t know about you, but I want equality, strong female leads in a futuristic world that needs captains to defend their world. Infinite space and terror, possibilities in a broken future or hopeful one, I don’t know. All I know is: I’m not the Harlequin type.
Often when men see women reading, they believe it’s all about romance and no brain or those self-help books. Flash news: This chick doesn’t. I write and read horror, science, science fiction and paranormal. Stereotypes hurt people and even more women who are trying their best to break the mold.
How many women author has to hide behind a pen name? Up until recent years, J.K. Rowling was one of those. Stereotypes, sexism, misogyny, traditions are all forms of hatred that cause women to hide their gender when we shouldn’t.
We’re in 2019 people! Science is for everyone, and so is science. Women are capable of writing high science fiction equally strong as Star Trek’s Captain Janeway and just as attractive as Seven of Nine.
Just let us lead the way, and you might not suffer assimilation. We’re children of Shelley. We carry her passion in our veins. We won’t hide anymore. We’re here, we’re smart, and we’re great.