Professor Lisa Yaszek's new book, Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction was recently selected for the Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Anthology in Feminist Studies from the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association. The award will be formally presented at the annual PCA/ACA conference in San Diego in April 2017.
Yaszek's book (written in collaboration with Dr. Patrick Sharp of Cal State-LA and featuring a conclusion by award-winning author and LMC professor Kathleen Ann Goonan), explores how women contributed to the creation of science fiction as the premiere story form of technoscientific modernity through their fiction writing, poetry, editing, science journalism, and art. Yaszek and Sharp’s critical annotation and author biographies link women’s work in the early science fiction community to larger patterns of feminine literary and cultural production in turn-of-the-twentieth-century America. In her concluding essay, Goonan considers such work in relation to the history of women in science and engineering and to the contemporary science fiction community itself.