Carlson, Michael, The Independent (London, England)
Writer and critic who helped transform the science fiction genre
Joanna Russ was a pioneering feminist, both as a novelist and an academic. Along with Ursula K LeGuin she was at the forefront of a generation of women writers who dragged science fiction away from stories apparently aimed solely at adolescent boys. Female writers of the previous generation, such as Leigh Brackett and CL Moore, had often downplayed their gender with ambiguous bylines, and wrote stories every bit as action-filled as the men. But in the late- 1960s sci-fi was redefining itself as the broader "speculative fiction", with stories that confronted mature situations, including sex.
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