Previously published as: In the chinks of the world machine. 1988.
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pt. 1. Representation and the natural woman -- Science fiction narratives -- Travelling heroinism -- Amazons: feminist heroines or men in disguise? -- When women wrote of women's rule -- The dream of elsewhere: feminist Utopias -- The reduction of women: dystopias -- The vicissitudes of love -- Authority and sentiment: Is there a women's science fiction? -- Feminism and science fiction -- pt. 2. Who is Tiptree, what is she?: James Tiptree Jr. -- Inner space and the outer lands: Ursula K. Le Guin -- The absent heroine: Suzy McKee Charnas -- The reader as subject: Joanna Russ.