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Joanna Russ Biography

(1937– ), Picnic on Paradise, The Female Man, We Who Are About To …

American science fictionwriter and critic, born in New York City, educated at Cornell University and Yale University School of Drama. Her first novel, Picnic on Paradise (1968), reverses the sexual stereotyping endemic to much popular science fiction, and The Female Man (1975) constructs a series of alternate visions of female potential. Similar feminist issues are explored in We Who Are About To … (1977) and The Two of Them (1978). How To Suppress Women's Writing (1983) savagely cross-examines the American literary and publishing establishment for bias against women writers. Her short fiction, which varies from conventional science fiction to daunting experimental meditations, includes The Zanzibar Cat (1983) and The Hidden Side of the Moon (1987).

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