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Partners in Wonder: Women and the Birth of Science Fiction, 1926-1965 Paperback – 12 Dec 2005


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Eric Leif Davin, Ph.D., teaches labor history and popular culture at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is the president of PARSEC, the Pittsburgh-area science fiction club, and winner of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Literature Prize for his essay, "The Very Last Hurrah: The Defeat of the Labor Party Idea, 1934-1936." His new book is, "Crucible of Freedom: Workers' Democracy in the Industrial Heartland, 1914-1960," just out from Lexington Books. He can be reached at davin@pitt.edu. Visit his web site at: http://ericleifdavin.vpweb.com/

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Davin's book should be essential reading for all in order to dispel the myth that there was a bias against women writers before the 1960s. Quite the opposite. Davin proves that the sf magazines were arguably the most liberal and most receptive of all of the pulps and that the sf fraternity welcomed the female contribution to the world. Foundation Davin's book is a fascinating and superbly researched look at an area where for too long anecdotal evidence has been accepted in place of facts. It is also a compelling examination of how 'common knowledge' may influence the choices people make, right down to coloring their perceptions of themselvessss -- Dr. Jane Lindskold, Author of the Firekeeper Saga Davin's book is a fascinating and superbly researched look at an area where for too long anecdotal evidence has been accepted in place of facts. It is also a compelling examination of how 'common knowledge' may influence the choices people make, right down to coloring their perceptions of themselves -- Dr. Jane Lindskold, Author of the Firekeeper Saga

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Eric Leif Davin, Ph.D., teaches American Popular Culture at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the author of "Pioneers of Wonder: Conversations with the Founders of Science Fiction," Prometheus Books, 1999.

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A new view of early women SF writers 13 Mar. 2006
By Paul Dellinger - Published on Amazon.com
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When science-fiction got its start in the pulps, nobody would have dreamed it would one day be a subject of scholarship. As SF grew in stature, so did its myths including the one that it was a closed shop to women writers in its early days. I had believed women SF writers were the exception unless they used male pseudonyms. I was wrong, and stand corrected by the awesome scholarship and research which produced this volume. It will be of great interest to anyone interested in the roots of SF (also true of the author's previous "Pioneers of Wonder."
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