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Before you spout off that science fiction is a "man's" genre, as someone literally just did to me an hour ago, you might want to educate yourself on the genre's actual history.

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein and The Last Man all the way back in the 1800's, effectively inventing our modern concept of "mad science" and the "post apocalypse" subgenre, respectively. It was her success that sparked an explosion of fantastical literature with scientific and technological themes, later dubbed "science fiction."

Later, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's wildly successful "The Yellow Wallpaper," hailed as a groundbreaking work of feminism, sparked its own wave of "weird horror" and is cited by H.P. Lovecraft as one of his biggest inspirations, his very writing style practically lifted from Gilman's.

The trends kicked off by Mary Shelley and her imitators eventually grew directly into the pulp science fiction boom of the 1930's, and a great deal of those authors were also women. Nobody knew they were women at the time, because publishers rejected their work until it was submitted under male-sounding names. We don't know just how many such authors were secretly female, just a handful of the known examples include C.L. Moore, Andre Norton, Leigh Brackett, Marion Bradley, J. Hunter Holly and James Tiptree. All women writing under masculine or androgynous pen names so their work would be taken seriously in a grotesquely misogynistic culture.

The men credited today as the fathers of science fiction - like Rodenberry and Asimov - were reading the science fiction, fantasy and horror work of women when they themselves were nobodies. When they were little boys.
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think E.T.A. Hoffman was before Shelly though when he wrote Der Sandman. It features a automaton(a robot before the term was coined by Asomov). You should read it. It inspired Sigmund Frued with the Uncanny valley.

Then there's Leonardo DiVinci who created a machine with armor(you might want to check that out too). www.da-vinci-inventions.com/ro…

I could be wrong. :shrug:
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
knarf.english.upenn.edu/Articl… Here's a article on the topic.
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Chamjari Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I love Andre "Alice" Norton. She def used a pseudonym back in the 60s. I'm reading "Star Hunter" right now. She likes to make a lot of her aliens ghostly or unseen.
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RavenDarkWind Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I don't wanna sound too off-topic, but now I'm craving a Yellow Wallpaper Mortasheen.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've totally thought about it, I just don't know how I'd do it :p
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KungFuHouseplant Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
You really can't stay from these arguments for any amount of time, can you? That whole fracas on Tumblr wouldn't have happened if you didn't willingly throw yourself into these "discussions" all the time. That's only going to happen again when you post things like this and go in swinging like you seem to do. Yes, you're completely right about this subject, and men's rights activists, and a number of other things, but you WILL cross the line and hurt someone again by constantly going at it. It's inevitable.

Sheesh. I've learned a lot from your articles and even conquered my fear of spiders thanks to your arachnophobia article, but seeing how utterly combative you are is a major turn-off.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually that incident on tumblr had utterly nothing to do with my opinions on any issue at all :p
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KungFuHouseplant Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
You keep telling yourself that.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But it didn't?

You're referring to something that began because people were nasty towards a loved one, not because my opinions differed from theirs.

I don't regret any case of my pissing off some tumblr dorkus over politics or social issues, that certainly isn't what I hiatused over! :)
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Lasagnaface Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
but guuuuuuys spaceships, my boy toys, i want a big red one like a firetruck
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