zondag, juni 26, 2011

The 1st female scifi writers: The Brontë Sisters

The Brontë Sisters' Lost Science Fiction Stories Involve Alternate Dimensions

Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, is long held to have been the first female science fiction writer, but Charlotte, Anne and Emily Brontë wrote about the imaginary kingdoms of Gondol and Angria when they were just kids, years earlier.
The British Library recently revealed rare and amazing hand-written transcripts from the authors that were created in their early years as children together which revealed an elaborate fantasy world called The Glass Town Federation. Branwell, their brother, and Charlotte were in charge of the imaginary kingdom of Angria, while Emily and Anne were the writers of the world of Gondal. They all were 'gods' of their kingdoms, and wrote obsessivley about them and created detailed maps. Because the worlds were set in (their) modern times and basically suggested an alternate dimension, scholars are considering the stories science fiction.

(c) Andy Sawyer, Director of Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool,»

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