Deevlopments in Feminist SF

I’m busy catching up on things that went online while Kevin and I were away. One such piece is this interview with Jeanne Gomoll in Strange Horizons. There is a lot of good stuff in it, but my eye was particularly caught by this comment:

As for the fiction itself, in the late ’70s and early ’80s feminist SF was dominated by apocalyptic visions. If a writer wanted to alter the world or society, the easiest way to do it was to wipe the world out and start over again. There were a lot of stories that started with a disaster that allowed the characters to create a new community or society from scratch. And now you see much more fiction that doesn’t require a clean slate in order to imagine new societies. Writers are more interested, I think, in how to get there from here, even in the author’s lifetime. Which I find really exciting.

I like that trend too. And hopefully David Brin will now complain less.