[SFRA-L] Did a woman create science fiction?
pierceqfpl at ewwpi.com
Mon Aug 8 07:36:26 EDT 2011
On Aug 8, 2011, at 7:34 AM, John Pierce wrote:
> Here's the latest from my research assistant Dwight Decker:
> <<This is to let you know that I finally finished Guirlanden um die
> Urnen der Zukunft, and that I'm working on a report for you. Yeah,
> i know, it took a lot longer than it should have, and I made some
> optimistic promises there...
> I can tell you this: it's basically a light romance. Airships and
> "sun-globes" to illuminate a room are about the only technical
> advances mentioned, and they aren't described in any detail. If
> anything, the world described doesn't even seem as advanced as
> 1800... it has a more medieval feeling.
> A woman must have written it! It has to have been a woman! The
> central plot problem is that the hero's sister disappeared when she
> was four years old and hasn't been seen since. Meanwhile, the hero
> has grown to fine strapping manhood and has found a ladylove named
> Lolly. His happiness is crushed when he finds Lolly in the arms of
> his best friend. But out of respect for Lolly's wishes and out of
> friendship for his best friend, he nobly decides to leave them to
> their happiness and runs off to join the army to forget his sorrows
> just as a war breaks out. What he doesn't know is that it wasn't
> Lolly at all. His best friend has found a ladylove of his own -- a
> different other girl named Jilla who just happens to resemble Lolly
> in every detail, like twins. He also doesn't know that Jilla is his
> long-lost sister turned up again after many years.
> Our hero ends up winning the war single-handedly. However, his
> heroics aren't depicted on stage. They're summarized in the form of
> a newspaper article read aloud at a wedding reception. The wedding
> was of a soldier who had lost an arm and suffered a disfigured face
> in the war, and the story's angle is on the bride, who is a German
> woman proud of her new husband and proud of the sacrifice he made
> for his country, as any German woman would be. It's war seen from
> the woman's viewpoint.>>
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