wordweaverlynn: the Golden Gate Bridge in fog; instead of cables, the uprights are book spines (FOGcon)
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This year's FOGcon theme is The Body in SF/F, and we have wonderful Honored Guests who have written on that topic. Nalo Hopkinson, Shelley Jackson, and the late Mary Shelley. I've posted their bibliographies to the site for members who want to read up before the con.

I'd love to post more suggestions of great books and stories on the subject. What comes to your mind as the most illuminating, powerful, or influential SF/F writing about the body? In addition to listing titles and authors, you could tell us a bit about your suggestions.

The first ones I think of are these:

Samuel Delany, "Aye, and Gomorrah"
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
Matt Ruff, Set This House in order
Cordwainer Smith, "Scanners Live in Vain"
James Tiptree, Jr., "The Girl Who Was Plugged In"

What are your favorite fictional explorations of what it means to have or be a body? Of the ways a slight anatomical difference can change everything?

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Date: 2012-02-20 08:36 am (UTC)
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
From: [personal profile] oursin
I am going to be soooo predictable and mention Naomi Mitchison's Memoirs of a Spacewoman! (published 50 years ago)

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Date: 2012-02-20 06:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] morgan_dhu
Jennifer Pelland's short story collection, Unwelcome Bodies and Nicola Griffith's collection With Her Body both come rather quickly to my mind - In one way or another, all the pieces in both collections deal with the kinds of themes you mention.

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Date: 2012-02-22 04:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gramina
Well, I just today found and recced on my own DW ILU-486 by Amanda Ching. As I said there, "[t]hat story made me want to cry and hit things and vote. Warning, I think, for death, violence against women, and generally Being Really Hard To Read.

Edited to add a warning for reproductive issues."

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