Imagination/Space: Essays and Talks on Fiction, Feminism, Technology, and Politics
by Gwyneth Jones
Review by Ernest Lilley
Aqueduct Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1933500328
Date: 23 November 2009 List Price $19.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Not only is Gwyneth Jones a brilliant author, she's a fabulous essayist, and though the cover blurb of Imagination Space says that this is a must read for anyone that cares about feminism, science fiction, or both, it misses the mark. This is a must read if you care about, both, either, genre literature in any form, the exploration of self through literature, or a host of other topics. In fact, it's just plain worth a look. From official release/information:
Imagination/Space is a collection of talks and essays on fiction, feminism, technology, and politics by Gwyneth Jones, the 2008 recipient of the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award, conferred annually on science fiction's premiere critics for lifetime achievement. Among the twenty-two pieces in Imagination/Space you will find Jones s acceptance speech for the Pilgrim Award; her detailed notes on shadowing a scientist in a lab in preparation for writing her Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel, Life; ''String of Pearls,'' a fascinating talk she presented at the 2004 World Fantasy Con that muses on the relationship between sex and horror as it focuses on Jacquelyn Carey s Kushiel Trilogy and what happens when a woman is the Chosen One of a fantasy epic; re-evaluations of classic feminist sf novels; a look at the entry of women writers into the traditionally male subgenre of militarist sf; a consideration of girl power on television; and her report on the W.I.S.E.R. conference in Maastricht. Her sharp analyses and witty observations make this a must-read for anyone who cares about feminism, science fiction, or both.
(Source: Aqueduct Press)