January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012
This list will focus mainly on classical works in these genres, i.e. what everyone should read if they are interested in how SFF deal with questions of gender. It's a good place to start!
The rules are simple and not very restrictive:
- It's a 2012 challenge, so it starts on 1st January and ends on 31st December 2012. Join anytime!
- The goal should be 6 to 12 books (feel free to do them in any order/format/way you like). If you're tired at 6 books, consider it done. If you want more, go ahead.
- If it's an omnibus, count it as one book or as many as it includes - it's your call, really.
- The list might include multiple books from the same author. We think that it would be best if you read no more than one book from a particular author, so that you can diversify your reading, but feel free to read anything you like, as long as it's on the list.
- If you've already read one/some of these, great! Feel free to re-read them or choose something new. Whichever the case, we would like to see your reviews/comments.
- This list includes comics. Just keep in mind that all volumes of a comic will equal one book in this challenge, so that a balance is kept.
Friendly Reminder: if you consider reflecting on gender totally useless or think that feminism = man-hating, please refrain from patronizing critique. Unfortunately, ignorance is opinion, but I'm afraid there's nothing I can do about it.
If you are a smart, open-minded, curious person, we'd love to have you around.
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale
Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Mists of Avalon
Octavia Butler - Kindred
Octavia Butler - Wild Seed
Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber
Suzy McKee Charnas - The Holdfast Chronicles
Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Herland
Nicola Griffith - Ammonite
Ursula K. Le Guin - Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Dispossessed
Anne McCaffrey - The Ship Who Sang
Vonda McIntyre - Dreamsnake
Marge Piercy - Woman on the Edge of Time
Joanna Russ - The Female Man
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
Sheri Tepper - Beauty
Sheri Tepper - The Gate to Women's Country
James Tiptree Jr - anything you can find, actually
Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra - Y the Last Man (comic series)
Monique Wittig - Les Guerrilleres
Virginia Woolf - Orlando
Yoshinaga Fumi - Oooku (comic series)
For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.