Women scientists in fiction

Alwynne Beaudoin abeaudoi at gpu3.srv.ualberta.ca
Sun Jun 25 23:18:26 EST 1995


bch6als at biovax.leeds.ac.uk wrote:
: Some months ago I posted a request for novels featuring women scientists.
: It spun off a couple of interesting threads about scientists in fiction
: and the media, and a Wrinkle in Time, Mrs. Murry, and whether she was
: a realistic positive example.   Several people in their answers asked for
: a copy of the compiled list.  Life, work, and changes of career have
: intervened, but here it is, in no particular order ... with comments on
: those books I have to date found and read.
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: Any further suggestions/comments will be very welcome.

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: Alison Sinclair.
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Alison:
  Here are two more suggestions for your list:

Peter Hoeg (o with a slash - non-ASCII character) 1993 _Smilla's Sense
of Snow_ transl. by Tiina Nunnally. Dell, New York. ISBN 0-440-21853-5
(pbk) 499pp.
  The main character in this novel, Smilla Jaspersen, is a scientist
specializing in ice-physics. She is half-Inuit half-Danish and has
some interesting meditations on the meaning of western science
and the constrast in world-views from the different sides of her
heritage. It's a very well-written novel, to boot.

Nicola Griffith, 1992. Ammonite. DelRey. ISBN 0-345-37891-1. (Pbk)
349 pp.
   One of the main characters in this SF novel is a woman anthropologist
named Marghe Taishan. She is sent to the planet Jeep to find out
about the virus that attacks off-worlders but to which the indigenous
inhabitants appear immune. Her job is to immerse herself in the
local culture and learn as much as she can about it, mainly so
that the off-world mining company can work out how best to exploit
the mineral resources. She ends up, not surprisingly, in a conflict
between her professional duty and her personal feelings. I haven't
seen anything else by this author but I thought this novel was quite
interesting.
   Hope these are of some interest.
        Best regards,
             Alwynne



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