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Ladies of 1950s Science Fiction

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Female science fiction writers have existed since Mary Shelley invented the genre with Frankenstein, but their work has not always been easy to find. We’ve found nine excellent stories from the 1950s, many of which have never been reprinted since their first publication, and edited them especially for the Kindle and other e-readers.

Stories include lost classics from legends of the genre such as Judith Merril, Miriam Allen deFord and Carol Emshwiller, as well as a few authors that we’ll guarantee you’ve never read before.

Contents of this volume:

Mr. Elsie Smith by Dana Lyon
Whether you see this story as science fiction or fantasy depends on whether you view Mr. Elsie Smith as a nascent artificial intelligence or simply as a magical typewriter.

Timequake by Miriam Allen deFord
In this story, everyone on Earth is set back in time twelve hours, and a jealous husband has to decide whether or not to commit murder… again.

The Runaway by Louise Lee Outlaw
Psychiatrists make a good living these days helping people work through the issues of their childhood. Here, a woman and her husband find a more direct (and catastrophic) route.

The Very Secret Agent by Mari Wolf
A tale of interplanetary war, the outcome of which depends on a woman in love with a married man. Along the way, a telepathic alien discovers that some thoughts just aren’t worth reading.

The Hero by Elaine Wilber
The gruff, worldly marine in an outpost far from home. The pure, innocent local beauty. A trite combination, perhaps, but in this story, it is also one with an unexpected outcome.

Life, Incorporated by Alice Eleanor Jones
Suppose, on some idyllic alien world, everyone has a lifespan of exactly 100 years. Now suppose a scoundrel of an Earthman finds a way to game the system…

For Sale, Reasonable by Elizabeth Mann Borgese
The battle between man and machine for gainful employment is as old as the folk tale of John Henry versus the steam hammer. Here, the fight is projected into a future where the machines have carried the day- or have they?

Baby by Carol Emshwiller
Here’s a vastly different vision of the relationship between human and machine. It’s a post-apocalyptic future where the only survivors are the robots and the one they call Baby.

A Woman of the World by Judith Merril
In a different post-apocalyptic world, what kind of a woman will be needed to rebuild society? And what kind of man will she have as her partner?

Authors: Dana Lyon, Miriam Allen deFord, Louise Lee Outlaw, Mari Wolf, Elaine Wilber, Alice Eleanor Jones, Elizabeth Mann Borgese, Carol Emshwiller, Judith Merril, Eric Shamblen

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