August 16th, 2012

Sorry for the delay….

Hello! We are sorry for lack of posting. Some personal stuff has come up for the people that have started this group and we are a bit behind in preparing any discussion. This project will be updated as soon as we can, please feel free to send us any thoughts on Kindred or what you want to read next. I plan to start posting more regularly next week!

July 20th, 2012

Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World with Eric Rabkin (by CourseraVideos)

I thought this may be of interest to people in this group. It is a completely free course and you can sign up here.

July 19th, 2012

August 15 


Hello! If you plan on discussing Kindred with us please plan on having it read by August 15. It is a pretty fast read so even if you have not started yet you’ll have plenty of time. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy from the library or read the PDF we have linked to. Thank you!

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July 11th, 2012

this just seemed appropriate/cheesey…

Who has started reading Kindred??

July 8th, 2012

time travel

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?

July 7th, 2012
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July 4th, 2012