Introduction: Women, Science and Fiction



Both Gillian Beer and Donna Haraway are interested in scientific theory as text: as itself a type of fiction which can be deconstructed to show the ideology at work in its production. This book will explore the ‘different tensions’ that Haraway refers to in the work of women writers of science fiction (sf), where ‘scientific fact’ (or, at least, the theories presented as such) can be located as a sub-text informing the style and construction of the work. Taking a diverse sampling of women’s sf, from the turn of the century to the mid-1990s, I will demonstrate how these texts respond to an analysis which looks for a critique of scientific ideology: an exposure of the way in which gender is constructed in scientific thought.


Scientific Theory Science Fiction Scientific Fact Woman Writer Imaginary Space 
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