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Joanna Russ (1937–2011)

Author of The Female Man

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About the Author

Joanna Russ was born in New York City on February 22, 1937. She received a degree in English from Cornell University in 1957 and a MFA in playwriting from the Yale Drama School in 1960. She taught at various colleges and universities during her lifetime including a long stint at the University of show more Washington in Seattle. She was a critic and science fiction writer best known for books of criticism such as The Female Man (1975) and How to Suppress Women's Writing (1984) as well as the novel And Chaos Died (1970). She died on April 29, 2011 at the age of 74. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Joanna Russ

The Female Man (1975) 2,158 copies
We Who Are About To . . . (1975) 571 copies
Picnic on Paradise (1968) 430 copies
The Adventures of Alyx (1967) 413 copies
And Chaos Died (1970) 391 copies
The Two of Them (1978) 323 copies
Extra(Ordinary) People (1984) 261 copies
On Strike Against God (1980) 215 copies
The Hidden Side of the Moon (1988) 143 copies
Radical Utopias (1990) 60 copies
Kittatinny: A Tale of Magic (1978) — Author — 45 copies
Souls {novella} (1982) 28 copies
My Dear Emily 5 copies
The Barbarian [novelette] (1968) 5 copies
Drie SF-romans — Contributor — 5 copies
Gleepsite [short story] (1971) 4 copies
Mr. Wilde's Second Chance (1966) 4 copies
My Boat 3 copies
The Little Dirty Girl (1985) 3 copies
Innocence 2 copies
Bodies (1984) 2 copies
Existence [short story] (1975) 2 copies
On Setting 1 copy
Old Pictures [essay] (1973) 1 copy
Elf Hill [short story] (1982) 1 copy
Visiting [short story] (1967) 1 copy

Associated Works

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1989) — Contributor — 982 copies
Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) — Contributor — 980 copies
The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 887 copies
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 810 copies
The Dark Descent (1987) — Contributor — 716 copies
Alchemy and Academe (1970) — Contributor — 578 copies
Cthulhu 2000 (1995) — Contributor — 463 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 408 copies
100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories (1978) — Contributor — 406 copies
Women of Wonder (1975) — Contributor — 331 copies
The 1980 Annual World's Best SF (1980) — Contributor — 271 copies
Year's Best SF 2 (1997) — Contributor — 261 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) — Contributor — 260 copies
The 1977 Annual World's Best SF (1977) — Contributor — 256 copies
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contributor — 246 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contributor — 242 copies
Amazons! (1979) — Contributor — 239 copies
Nebula Award Stories Seven (1972) — Contributor — 222 copies
The 1972 Annual World's Best SF (1972) — Contributor — 220 copies
Epoch (1975) — Contributor; Contributor — 209 copies
Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction (1994) — Contributor — 202 copies
Modern Classics of Science Fiction (1991) — Contributor — 201 copies
The 1983 Annual World's Best SF (1983) — Contributor — 199 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 196 copies
Nebula Award Stories 8 (1973) — Contributor — 188 copies
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Introduction, Contributor — 164 copies
Great Tales of Science Fiction (1985) — Contributor — 159 copies
The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (2012) — Contributor — 153 copies
The Original Coming Out Stories (1989) — Contributor — 151 copies
Microcosmic Tales (1944) — Contributor — 143 copies
Treasures of Fantasy (1997) — Contributor — 143 copies
Nebula Award Stories Six (1971) — Contributor — 137 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
A Treasury of Modern Fantasy (1981) — Contributor — 129 copies
The Best of the Nebulas (1989) — Contributor — 128 copies
Those Who Can: A Science Fiction Reader (1960) — Contributor — 122 copies
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 117 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 12th Series (1963) — Contributor — 115 copies
Final Stage: The Ultimate Science Fiction Anthology (1974) — Contributor — 112 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #2 (1973) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contributor — 107 copies
Elsewhere, Vol. II (1982) — Contributor — 103 copies
The Best from Galaxy Volume IV (1976) — Contributor — 103 copies
Sorcerers! (1986) — Contributor — 98 copies
Heroic Visions (1983) — Contributor — 95 copies
Universe 2 (1972) — Contributor — 94 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 22nd Series (1977) — Contributor — 90 copies
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contributor — 89 copies
The Nebula Awards Eighteen (1983) — Contributor — 88 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #12 (1983) — Contributor — 87 copies
Nebula Winners Fifteen (1981) — Contributor — 86 copies
Universe 1 (1971) — Contributor — 85 copies
Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future (2002) — Contributor — 85 copies
Orbit 2 (1967) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Penguin Book of Erotic Stories by Women (1995) — Contributor — 80 copies
Amazon Expedition: A Lesbian Feminist Anthology (1973) — Contributor — 79 copies
New Dimensions 2 (1972) — Author — 74 copies
Pawn To Infinity (1982) — Contributor — 73 copies
Orbit 3 (1968) — Contributor — 71 copies
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contributor — 70 copies
Best From Orbit Volumes 1-10 (1975) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Medusa in the Shield (1990) — Contributor — 63 copies
Masters of Fantasy (1992) — Contributor — 63 copies
Clarion (1971) — Contributor — 61 copies
Quark/1 (1970) — Contributor — 59 copies
New Worlds of Fantasy #2 (1970) — Contributor — 57 copies
Fantasy Annual III (1977) — Contributor — 56 copies
Clarion II (1972) — Contributor — 56 copies
Orbit 6 (1970) — Contributor — 55 copies
Letters to Tiptree (2015) — Contributor — 54 copies
Quark/3 (1971) — Contributor — 52 copies
Aurora: Beyond Equality (1976) — Contributor — 51 copies
Speculations (1982) — Contributor — 49 copies
A Pocketful Of Stars (1971) — Contributor — 49 copies
Girls Night Out: Twenty-nine Female Vampire Stories (1997) — Contributor — 48 copies
Turning Points: Essays on the Art of Science Fiction (1977) — Contributor — 47 copies
Orbit 9 (1971) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 23rd Series (1980) — Contributor — 45 copies
Not the Only Planet: Science Fiction Travel Stories (1998) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces (1983) — Contributor — 43 copies
In Dreams Awake (1975) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Best Of New Dimensions (1979) — Author — 39 copies
Alpha 9 (1978) — Contributor — 37 copies
The Best from Galaxy Vol. 3 (1975) — Contributor — 34 copies
New Worlds 9 (1975) — Contributor — 33 copies
The WisCon Chronicles (2007) — Contributor — 31 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Infinite jests;: The lighter side of science fiction (1974) — Contributor — 29 copies
Swords Against Darkness (2016) — Contributor — 26 copies
Another World: Adventures in Otherness (1977) — Contributor — 20 copies
Lady Ferry and Other Uncanny People (1998) — Preface, some editions — 20 copies
Sinister Wisdom 43/44: The 15th Anniversary Retrospective (1991) — Contributor — 20 copies
The New improved sun: An anthology of utopian S-F (1975) — Contributor — 20 copies
Future Females: A Critical Anthology (1981) — Contributor — 17 copies
Orbit 14 (1974) — Contributor — 12 copies
Showcase (1973) — Contributor — 11 copies
Sinister Wisdom 18 (1981) — Contributor — 6 copies
Marriage and the Family Through Science Fiction (1988) — Contributor — 6 copies
Sinister Wisdom 14 (1980) — Contributor — 5 copies
Sinister Wisdom 24 (1983) — Contributor — 5 copies
Sinister Wisdom 11: Inside the Archives (1979) — Contributor — 4 copies
I Premi Hugo 1976-1983 — Contributor — 3 copies
Sinister Wisdom 12: Bad Attitude (1980) — Contributor — 2 copies
Οι κυρίες του τρόμου (1994) — Contributor — 2 copies
Sinister Wisdom 4 (1977) — Contributor — 1 copy

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THE DEEP ONES: "My Dear Emily" by Joanna Russ in The Weird Tradition (February 2021)
***The Female Man group read--spoiler thread in 75 Books Challenge for 2011 (May 2011)
Joanna Russ, 1937 - 2011 in Science Fiction Fans (May 2011)
Joanna Russ - stroke in Feminist SF (April 2011)
Joanna Russ in Feminist SF (June 2008)

Reviews

Story: 1 / 10
Characters: 2
Setting: 3
Prose: 2

Literally, the worst book I've ever read [ Sin noticias de Gurb was the previous worst ]. A feminist science fiction book sounded interesting, mostly because the genre is dominated by male leads. However, The Female Man doesn't have a story at all. A lot of books will have no direction, but the story continues on nevertheless. However, Russ simply introduces a few characters and places without creating any events. The characters do not do anything. Compound that with a lot of jumping around and a critically-reflective narrator and the worst book ever written results.
Do not read unless paid...
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MXMLLN | 55 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
This is a complex and twisty book, and I got a lot more from it than I did on my first time reading it as a teenager. The sexual politics are fascinating and eerie, both achingly familiar and historically alien. Not for the literal reader.
 
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fred_mouse | 55 other reviews | Jan 2, 2024 |
A woman from a possible future, in which Earth is called Whileaway, comes back to what was the modern day at the time of writing. It doesn't really fit in with her other famous short story set on Whileaway where Whileaway is another planet and has been free of men for centuries with the short story dealing with first contact when some men turn up in a spaceship. This novel is more fantastic than SF and features women who are the same character but from very different alternative realities - at least I think so!… (more)
 
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kitsune_reader | 55 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
I read this ages ago, but someone reminded me that Jael's world has what are basically trans women living in the "male" space and the book treats them hideously. Like. They're presented as clearly women, and treated as women inside the male-only space, including being subject to abuse for being women, they're literally called "feminine", but they're not "real women". As soon as the main character women see a "half-changed", they get angry and hate them. The "changed and half-changed" are presented as horribly as possible. It's fucking vile. Like. Trans women were not totally unknown when Russ wrote this book. But she talks about them with a hatred that the men don't receive. Being a "half-man" is worse than being a "real man" to her, I guess.

The rest of the book has its moments and some deeply moving parts and it's incredibly personal but also often incredibly confusing because of the weird structure. It's very stereotypically second-wave feminist. Some of the ideas are good but I can't rate a book highly which has such a "Transexual Empire" vision of trans women.
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tombomp | 55 other reviews | Oct 31, 2023 |

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Rating
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