• “‘The Weaker (?) Sex’: Women and the Space Opera in Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing Stories.”

    Author(s):
    Brian Matzke (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/fkvf-cf05
    Abstract:
    Histories of science fiction often assume that women were absent from the genre’s early years in pulp magazines, or that their contributions took the form of more romantic or sentimental stories. This paper analyzes Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing Stories (1926-1929) and argues that while women were underrepresented, they were crucial in moving the genre towards action and adventure stories. By examining letters by women as well as fiction by Clare Winger Harris and Lee Hawkins Garby, the magazine’s first two female authors, it becomes apparent that, in a real way, women invented the space opera.
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