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Experimental, strange, and unabashedly feminist, Joanna Russ's groundbreaking science fiction grew out of a belief that the genre was ideal for expressing radical thought. Her essays and criticism, meanwhile, helped shape the field and still exercise a powerful influence in both SF and feminist literary studies.Award-winning author and critic Gwyneth Jones offers a new appraisal of Russ's work and ideas. After years working in male-dominated SF, Russ emerged in the late 1960s with Alyx, the uber-capable can-do heroine at the heart of Picnic on Paradise and other popular stories and books. Soon, Russ's fearless embrace of gender politics and life as an out lesbian made her a target for male outrage while feminist classics like The Female Man and The Two of Them took SF in innovative new directions. Jones also delves into Russ's longtime work as a critic of figures as diverse as Lovecraft and Cather, her foundational place in feminist fandom, important essays like "Amor Vincit Foeminam," and her career in academia.
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Gwyneth Jones is a science fiction and fantasy author and critic. Her fiction includes Divine Endurance and the Aleutian Trilogy. Her nonfiction includes Deconstructing the Starships: Essays and Reviews and Imagination/Space: Essays and Talks on Fiction, Feminism, Technology, and Politics. Jones is the winner of two World Fantasy Awards and the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the SFRA Pilgrim award for lifetime achievement in SF criticism.