Stone of stumbling and rock of offense (wordweaverlynn) wrote,
Stone of stumbling and rock of offense


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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