In the Chinks of the World Machine

Feminism and Science Fiction

Sarah LeFanu


eBook publication of the book which was awarded the prestigious MLA Emily Toth Award (1990).

  • ISBN 9781781320501
  • Published Aug 2012
  • eBook


EBook Only

The title comes from a line of dialogue in ‘The Women Men Don’t See’, a short story by the late great James Tiptree Jr (aka Alice Sheldon and Raccoona Sheldon): ‘What women do is survive. We live by ones and twos in the chinks of your world-machine.’

So you thought science fiction was a boys’ own zone? Think again! In this classic work of science fiction criticism – winner, when it was first published, of a prestigious MLA award – Sarah LeFanu looks at the work of a whole range of science fiction writers and explores the fusion of a feminist political worldview with the myriad possibilities of science fictional otherworlds. With individual chapters on the work of Suzy McKee Charnas, Ursula Le Guin, Joanna Russ, and Tiptree herself, and a new preface from the author.

This title is available as an eBook

Find it on Nook, Kobo, and in the iBookstore. Get the Amazon Kindle edition here.

“The personal service I received was superior. No query or problem was left unanswered or unattended.”

Nicholas King