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‘No Woman Born’: C. L. Moore’s Dancing Cyborg

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Abstract

In the same year that Gollancz published the first edition of Swastika Night in the UK, across the Atlantic John W. Campbell took over the editorship of a little known pulp sf magazine called Astounding Stories, later to be renamed Astounding Science Fiction, thus ushering in what is now generally regarded as the ‘golden age’ of sf. His predecessor, HugoGernsback, although responsible for naming the genre, made few demands on his writers, other than to insist that they incorporate a scientific theme. Campbell’s contribution was to hone and refine the genre into what Kingsley Amis calls ‘something an intelligent adult could profitably read’,3 encouraging his writers to experiment with language and content and, ultimately, discarding the hacks in favour of a coterie of challenging and sophisticated writers.

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