Saying Goodbye: Joanna Russ

Author Joanna Russ, who was recently admitted into a hospice after suffering a series of strokes, passed on the 29th of April. She was 74 years old.


Joanna Russ (February 22, 1937 – April 29, 2011)
was an American writer, academic and feminist. She was the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women’s Writing, as well as a contemporary novel, On Strike Against God, and one children’s book, Kittatinny.

She is best known for The Female Man, a novel combining utopian fiction and satire. It used the device of parallel worlds to consider the ways that different societies might produce very different versions of the same person, and how all might interact and respond to sexism.

Along with her work as a writer of prose fiction, Russ was also a playwright, essayist, and author of nonfiction works such as the essay collection Magic Mommas, Trembling Sisters, Puritans & Perverts and the book-length study of modern feminism, What Are We Fighting For? Sex, Race, Class, and the Future of Feminism. 

For nearly fifteen years she was an influential review columnist for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

You can find a more extensive bibliography here.

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