Partners in Wonder: Women and the Birth of Science Fiction, 1926-1965

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Partners in Wonder revolutionizes our knowledge of women and early science fiction. Contrary to accepted interpretations, women fans and writers were a welcome and influential part of pulp science fiction from the birth of the genre. Davin finds that at least 203 female authors, under their own female names, published over a thousand stories in science fiction magazines between 1926 and 1965. This work explores the distinctly different form of science fiction that females produced—one that was both more utopian and more empathetic than that of their male counterparts.

Partners in Wonder presents, for the first time, a complete bibliography of every story published by women writers in science fiction magazines from 1926 to 1965 and brief biographies on 133 of these women writers. It is thus the most comprehensive source of information on early women science fiction writers yet available and of great importance to scholars of women's studies, popular culture, and English literature as well as science fiction.

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Eric Leif Davin, Ph.D., teaches American Popular Culture at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the author of "Pioneers of Wonder: Conversations with the Founders of Science Fiction," Prometheus Books, 1999.

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"Essential reading for all in order to dispel the myth that there was a bias against women writers before the 1960s. Davin proves that the sf fraternity welcomed the female contribution to the world." --Foundation

"A fascinating and superbly researched look at an area where for too long anecdotal evidence has been accepted in place of facts." --Dr. Jane Lindskold

"Systematically disproves many myths regarding SF women writers. The research is impressive, with the last 100 pages dedicated to a comprehensive bibliography of all women writers in the early SF magazines." --Journal of Popular Culture

"The amount of fiction by women Davin unearths...is phenomenal, even shocking...a treasure trove of material...his coverage is exhaustive. Anyone interested in science fiction must read this book." --Choice

"...brushes away the dust of reconstructed history...to show that not only have women been writing SF since they arguable created the field, but that the real conspiracy has been to pretend it wasn't so." --SFRevu, February, 2006

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