Women of Wonder

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Women of Wonder
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Women of Wonder first edition cover
AuthorPamela Sargent
GenreScience fiction
PublisherVintage Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages285 pp

Women of Wonder: Science-fiction Stories by Women about Women is a collection of short stories edited by Pamela Sargent, first published in 1975.[1] It also includes an introduction and notes before each story by Sargent.

In the introduction, Sargent provides a comprehensive and informed analysis of women in the science fiction genre, both as writers and characters.[2] She notes that “Most science fiction has been written by men, and they still form a majority of the writers today. About 10 to 15 percent of the writers are women” (p. 11).[3]

She discusses some of the earlier prominent women writers, from Mary Shelley to C. L. Moore, then looks at how women characters have been ignored or stereotyped by writers like Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein. She closes by saying that changes will likely happen in the genre if readers show they want different perspectives, which will then make publishers interested in new ideas.



  1. ^ Women of Wonder title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. ^ Merrick, Helen (2009). "Fiction, 1964-1979". In Bould, Mark; Butler, Andrew; Roberts, Adam (eds.). The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. Taylor and Francis. ISBN 9780203871317.
  3. ^ Sargent, Pamela (1978). "Women of Science Fiction". In Sargent, Pamela (ed.). Women of Wonder. Penguin. pp. 11–51.