Friday, April 29, 2005

Screwfly Solution

A number of years ago (1977), a pseudonumous author wrote the best science fiction story written.

James Tiptree Jr (aka Alice Sheldon) wrote superb short stories (good collestion in "Her Smoke Rose Up Forever) and a couple of interesting novels.

She wrote radical feminist fiction, but infamously famous contemporary authors and editors were convinced she was male.
A number of her stories are excellent and have stood the test of time, the best one, in my opinion, is the
Screwfly Solution - it begins with the protagonist observing a disturbing rise in misogyny and religious fundamentalism, starting in Peedsville, a small town in Texas, but spreading insidiously. To say more would be a spoiler. It is thought provoking and rather frightening story in a way. Many of her other stories are also excellent.


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