Hello! I am really bad at writing introductory posts so please forgive some inevitable clumsiness. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Francesca and I am a huge fan of science fiction and other general geekery. My genius friend Jillian came up with this incredible idea – what if we started a sci-fi feminist reading group? So, here we are.
The reading list is still being formed so please send us any ideas or ask any questions!
I am excited to announce that the first novel that we are officially discussing is Octavia Butler’s Kindred. A complete PDF version of the text is available here.
In general, time travel has been a staple of science fiction since the genre’s beginning - H.G. Wells published The Time Machine in 1865. Wells is regarded as on of “The Fathers of Science Fiction” - see Adam Roberts’s Science Fiction for a comprehensive and compelling history of the genre.
Time travel is often a fixture in many books that are considered sci-fi. Consider Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer or Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder. Yet novels such as Kindred or Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife are often not shelved in the science fiction section. Do you find this problematic?