TOD 110: The [SF] Future Is Female!: The 1970s

The Outer Dark presents an exclusive preview panel on The Future Is Female, Vol. 2: The 1970s, a canon-reshaping Library of America anthology celebrating feminist women science fiction writers, featuring editor Lisa Yaszek,  moderating a discussion with editorial assistants Edeliz Zuleta, Jessica Taetle, Olivia Kiklica, and Josie Benner. The book is scheduled for publication in October 2022 and this podcast was recorded on February 25, 2022. 

Show Notes

The Outer Dark presents an exclusive preview panel on The Future Is Female, Vol. 2: The 1970s, a canon-reshaping Library of America anthology celebrating feminist women science fiction writers, featuring editor Lisa Yaszek, Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, moderating a discussion with her four student editorial assistants Edeliz Zuleta, Jessica Taetle, Olivia Kiklica, and Josie Benner. The conversation digs deep into the process Yaszek and her team used to select stories for inclusion, as well as editors’ favorites, what they learned about feminism cast through the words of women speculative fiction writers in the 1970s, and how their works relate to and anticipate today’s science fiction, gender issues including trans identities, and contemporary and future Earth society. Authors discussed include Lisa Tuttle, Joanna Russ, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Connie Willis, Miriam Allen deFord, James Tiptree Jr./Raccoona Sheldon, Vonda N. McIntyre, Kathleen M. Sidney, Cynthia Felice, Marta Randall, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gayle Netzer, Octavia E. Butler, Kathleen Sky, Kate Wilhelm, Doris Piserchia, Elinor Busby, and Pamela Sargent. Be sure to explore this episode’s Additional Links (scroll below) for more info on writers and works while waiting for this book’s publication in October 2022. This podcast was recorded on February 25, 2022. 

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Additional Links

Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985, edited by Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre (PM Press, 2022)

CityLightsBooks YouTube page (Watch Dangerous Visions and New World symposium video recordings here, Feb. 26-27, 2022)

The Future is Female, 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women (Vol. 1), edited by Lisa Yaszek (Library of America, 2019) 

TOD 062 The Outer Dark Symposium, Part 7: Weird Sisters Panel and Women of Weird Fiction by Lisa Yaszek

‘Stone Circle’ by Lisa Tuttle (Amazing Stories, March 1976, ISFDB)

READ: Women in Science Fiction Symposium (Khatru 3-4, 1975/PDF)

READ:’The Undying Legacy of Vonda N. McIntyre, Weaver of Community’ by Carolyn Cox (The Portalist, Jan. 7, 2022)

Crochet Coral Reef (project/exhibition Website)

READ: ‘Leaving Omelas: Science Fiction, Climate Change, and the Future’ by Vandana Singh (PowellsBooks.Blog, Feb. 22, 2018)

READ: ‘Herland: The Forgotten Feminist Classic [by Charlotte Perkins Gilman] About a Civilization Without Men’ by Lindy West (The Guardian, March 30, 2015)

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (wiki)

‘A series based on Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’ is coming to FX’ (EW, Jan. 11, 2022)

LISTEN: TOD 041 Patternmaster: The Legacy of Octavia E. Butler Panel from BlacktastiCon 2018

LISTEN: Isaac Asimov’s Favorite Story ‘The Last Question’ Read by Leonard Nimoy

‘Paramount Pictures Lands Rights to Tomi Adeyemi Best-Selling YA Book Series ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ (Deadline, Jan 12, 2022)

The Power by Naomi Alderman (Penguin, 2016)

READ: ‘Sex-Role Reversal in the Thirties: Leslie F. Stone’s ‘The Conquest of Gola’ by Batya Weinbaum (Science Fiction Studies 24(3), Nov. 1997)

Show Credits

Hosts/Producers: Scott Nicolay and Anya Martin

Co-Host, News from The Weird: Justin Steele

Co-Host, Reviews from The Weird: Gordon B. White

Symposium Assistant Director: Melanie Crew

Symposium Programming Coordinator: Jess Lewis

Symposium Logistics: Melissa Eisner

Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker

Music: Michael Griffin

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