The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms
by Helen Merrick
Review by Cathy Green
Aqueduct Press Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781933500331
Date: 01 December 2009
From back of book: In The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms, Helen Merrick explores the stories told about feminist SF by the various communities responsible for creating feminist SF culture, including authors, editors, fans, and scholars from across the disciplines; she pays special attention to how these communities have negotiated what "feminist SF" is and means. While Merrick acknowledges that the concept of an overly feminist SF emerged in tandem with the women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s, she demonstrates that women associated with the SF community have engaged in politically and aesthetically progressive activities since the genre was formally established in the American pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s. The Secret Feminist Cabal will appeal to every member of the feminist SF community, to fans and critics interested in the history of the science fiction genre and to anyone interested in the production of feminist culture, history, and theory.
(Source: Aqueduct Press)