Lisa Yaszek

Lisa Yaszek, professor of science fiction studies, in front of a bookshelf seated at a table.
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Women have historically been erased from science fiction storytelling, but Lisa Yaszek is working to change that. Her new anthology “The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin” showcases female pioneers in the genre since the 1920s.

We spoke with Yaszek, who is a professor of science fiction studies at Georgia Tech, about how women have shaped our understanding of technology and identity.

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Sci-fi films typically dominate the box office for premiere weeks. Earlier this year "Black Panther" made more than $1 billion, and last month "Avengers: Infinity War" made $1.5 billion. The upcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is also projected to have huge success.

 

So, why are people fascinated with fantasy and science fiction?

A problem with some fantasy fiction narratives is the misogynistic treatment of female characters. The sci-fi world may still be very much dominated by men behind the scenes, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been female trailblazers. A new book explores some of those unsung heroines.