Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Sci-Fi Is For Everybody Reading List

I saw a Bad Tweet. It dismissed sci-fi literature as solely the realm of mid-century, ossified white guy fantasies and white guy fantasies from men who wish it still was the mid-century. And instead of ignoring it like a sensible person I got Mad Online. And so I decided to be productive with some of that Mad Online and make a list of books to show sci-fi is so much more than boy's own adventures and bug eyed space monsters threatening scantily clad space women. And that when you scoff at sci-fi being only those things you are erasing decades of work from marginalized voices. In no particular order:

1. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
2. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
3. The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delaney
4. And Chaos Died by Joanna Russ
5. Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
6. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
7. Janelle MonĂ¡e's albums The ArchAndroid and The Electric Lady [Including them here because each is a sci-fi masterpiece in their own right]
8. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
9. Mister Justice by Doris Piserchia
10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly [or that awkward moment when the genre you smugly dismissed as just another facet of the patriarchy was effectively invented by a woman.]
11. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
12. Ice by Anna Kavan
13. The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree Jr. (aka Alice Sheldon)
14.  The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
15. Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson
16. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
17. Sewer, Gas, and Electric by Matt Ruff
18. The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
19. Saga written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples.
20. Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress

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