This list will focus mainly on classic works in these genres, i.e. what everyone should read if they are interested in how SFF deal with questions of gender. It's a good place to start!
The rules are simple and not very restrictive:
- It's a 2012 challenge, so it starts on 1st January and ends on 31st December 2012. Join anytime!
- The goal should be 6 to 12 books (feel free to do them in any order/format/way you like). If you're tired at 6 books, consider it done. If you want more, go ahead.
- If it's an omnibus, count it as one book or as many as it includes - it's your call, really.
- The list might include multiple books from the same author. We think that it would be best if you read no more than one book from a particular author, so that you can diversify your reading, but feel free to read anything you like, as long as it's on the list.
- If you've already read one/some of these, great! Feel free to re-read them or choose something new. Whichever the case, we would like to see your reviews/comments.
- This list includes comics. Just keep in mind that all volumes of a comic will equal one book in this challenge, so that a balance is kept.
Friendly Reminder: if you consider reflecting on gender totally useless or think that feminism = man-hating, please refrain from patronizing critique. Unfortunately, ignorance is opinion, but I'm afraid there's nothing I can do about it.
If you are a smart, open-minded, curious person, we'd love to have you around.
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale
Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Mists of Avalon
Octavia Butler - Kindred
Octavia Butler - Wild Seed
Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber
Suzy McKee Charnas - The Holdfast Chronicles
Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Herland
Nicola Griffith - Ammonite
Ursula K. Le Guin - Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Dispossessed
Anne McCaffrey - The Ship Who Sang
Vonda McIntyre - Dreamsnake
Marge Piercy - Woman on the Edge of Time
Joanna Russ - The Female Man
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
Sheri Tepper - Beauty
Sheri Tepper - The Gate to Women's Country
James Tiptree Jr - anything you can find, actually
Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra - Y the Last Man (comic series)
Monique Wittig - Les Guerrilleres
Virginia Woolf - Orlando
Yoshinaga Fumi - Oooku (comic series)
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