I wasn’t intending to write about a science fiction writer for Ada Lovelace Day, but when I found myself writing a review of a book all about Joanna Russ it seemed only appropriate to publish it today.
Other women science fiction writers have, of course, been more successful — Anne McCaffrey, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, Octavia Butler, Carolyn Cherryh and Mary Shelley, to name but a few. However, if you are asking about feminist science fiction then there is one name that is head and shoulders above the rest: Joanna Russ. An excellent academic book about her work has just been published. Here is my review.