Best Feminist Sci Fi Books To Read

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Feminist Sci Fi Books To Read. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

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This story is set in the future when the world has become overpopulated and riddled with war. A utopian society forms on the moon, where although there are fewer resources, the entire society is committed to working together and sharing everything (including lovers) equally for the betterment of humanity. When a scientist from the moon visits Earth, he sees the greedy and gluttonous culture that led to the departure of his people to the moon. What he realizes, however, is that the utopia that he believed in was actually not as perfect as he had imagined. Why I recommend it: This story reveals that many of our ideas for a ‘better life’ come with sacrifices, including what it means to be an independent woman with equal rights and responsibilities as men. It changed the way I view solving societal problems and has helped me see my role as a woman in a more holistic way.

Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones

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Ilgenfritz and Merchant creatively created a new world and universe in their story. While everything is being told from the point of view of a different kind of mankind, they greatly highlight the issues and concerns that are being faced by women. Something to Think About: The authors effectively used their novel to call out the challenges being faced by women both in their fictional world and in their very own community. This makes the story serve as the voice of the authors in expressing their grievances about inequality in sexes, roles, and rights.

Moving the Mountain By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Gilman has narrated this utopian novel with great details that it will make you wonder what the world could be if everything would be in place the way it should be. Imagine women having the same opportunities as men, same education, same professional roles, and the same respect from the community. In this vivid story, you’ll see the promising world in the eyes of women aspiring to build a world that will benefit all sexes, races, and kinds.

The Female Man by Joanna Russ

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A sci-fi book that talks about depression of different females living in different worlds, and everything changed when they met each other.

The Snow Queen by Joane Vinge

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Awarded as the Best Novel by the Hugo Awards in 1981, this book talks about the power of a woman and that their voices should be heard. It is generally a retelling of Andersen’s classic fairy tale given a sci-fi twist together with all the mythical creatures in a magical world.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the near future following the collapse of a future United States of America and it reversion to Puritanical ideologies that often lead to bizarre and heartbreaking consequences for the characters. At times funny, this novel can be a scathing satire that warns society of discrimintaion and its long-term effects on society as a whole.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

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In this novel co-written by Stephen King and his younger son, Owen King, the worlds of women and men are abruptly separated by a mysterious creature, Eve. She appears out of nowhere to bring the world of male dominance to extinction and to create a new world, only for women. In the novel, women of all ages fall asleep only to wake up in an alternate reality where their fathers, husbands, and sons do not exist. At the same time, in reality, men live in a female-less world which is falling apart at the speed of light. Chaos and mayhem are unleashed. One of the main ideas in Sleeping Beauties is that women can not only survive without men, toxic masculinity, and gender inequality but they can create a better world of their own. The mystic Eve gives them a choice – to create a new and a better world where they can express themselves freely and independently or go back to reality. The novel feels delightfully horrible and true at the same time, and the ending is just heartbreakingly honest.

Memoirs of a Spacewoman by Naomi Mitchison

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When it’s all about traveling galaxies far, far away, those beneath their astronaut suits are usually men, and how they take the leap on to the void that surrounds them. It means that the real journey is always taken by the men, because in the majority’s perspective, they are stronger and more capable of facing challenges. However, this is the stigma that the book Memoirs of a Spacewoman curbs. It tackles about the most common and most apparent issues concerning feminism nowadays, like how women are not inferior to men when it comes to leadership, strengths, knowledge, explorations, and sexuality. Everything is on a female’s perspective and her chronicles which show that women like her are basically equal to men in all aspects, and that’s the direct point of sci-fi stories like this. As a classic published in 1962, how Mitchison described her outlook about human beings, despite some modern information she obviously missed, is so much ahead of its time already, a true must-read for the people of today.

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