Future Females, the Next Generation: New Voices and Velocities in Feminist Science Fiction Criticism

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Feminist science fiction pioneer Marleen S. Barr, together with a talented crew of the field's established and emerging theorists, reveal new critical insights in Future Females, the Next Generation. This groundbreaking collection includes contributors from across the globe who find effective venues for imagining feminist thought experiments. A multinational perspective runs through this innovative volume, focusing on the latest dynamic trends in feminist science fiction, such as race, gender, cyberfeminism, the media, and new writers in the field.

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An important critical work in and of itself.The two books called Future Females together mark the beginning and the latest point of the entire feminist enterprise in the serious consideration of science fiction.Barr's most audacious utopian reading is surely that of 'all the president's penises', that is to say, her treatment of the Leader of the Free World, here celebrated as 'the president who makes love not war' and as one who 'is almost synonymous with his nonphallic penis.'. . . The only politically decent defense of Bill Clinton yet attempted . . . Barr offers not political journalism but a theoretical fiction.Extending Woolf's trope we might hope that this same extraterrestrial visitor would find time to pursue not only the daily newspaper but also the new Future Females; if so, she or he? or it? would learn that patriarchy, while not yet overthrown, is under creative attack in more ways that even the far-seeing Woolf herself could possibly have imagined.--Carl Freedman "Science Fiction Studies, Vol.27 (2000) "

Future Females is THE final word on feminist science fiction and edited superbly by the premiere feminist in the field. The collection is wide-ranging and engaging, and entertains as it educates. It does everything that popular culture and feminist scholarship should do, and is a model for future outstanding work.--Emily Toth, author of Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia

Bears evidence to the innovative impact of feminism on science fiction and of feminist theory on science fiction criticism. The bravura displayed in the choice of subject matter, the range of topics and the wittily adapted terminology owe a great deal to the earlier pioneering efforts in the field, also collected by Barr. This collection points out how much that was formerly merely imagined has become a social reality even as its authors must continue to engage in writing toward utopia. Their essays are an exercise in cultural studies of the future.--Brigitte Scheer-Schazler, University of Innsbruck

An important critical work in and of itself. The two books called Future Females together mark the beginning and the latest point of the entire feminist enterprise in the serious consideration of science fiction. Barr's most audacious utopian reading is surely that of 'all the president's penises', that is to say, her treatment of the Leader of the Free World, here celebrated as 'the president who makes love not war' and as one who 'is almost synonymous with his nonphallic penis.'. . . The only politically decent defense of Bill Clinton yet attempted . . . Barr offers not political journalism but a theoretical fiction. Extending Woolf's trope we might hope that this same extraterrestrial visitor would find time to pursue not only the daily newspaper but also the new Future Females; if so, she--or he? or it?--would learn that patriarchy, while not yet overthrown, is under creative attack in more ways that even the far-seeing Woolf herself could possibly have imagined.--Carl Freedman, professor and director of graduate studies, Louisiana State University "Science Fiction Studies, Vol.27 (2000) "

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Marleen S. Barr is the author of many books and articles about feminist science fiction, including Future Females: A Critical Anthology (The Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1981); Feminist Fabulation: Space/Postmodern Fiction (University of Iowa Press, 1992) and Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond (University of North Carolina Press, 1993). Barr, whose forthcoming book, Genre Seepage: A New Discourse Practice (University of Iowa Press), is the recipient of the 1997 Science Fiction Research Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in Science Fiction Criticism. She is a visiting professor in the Humanities Department at Montclair State University.

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