Seattle: Aqueduct Press; 2016; $22.00 tpb; 360 pages
Like many other fields, science fiction is being reminded that the women were here all along. There were always some writing for the prozines (cue James Blish grumbling about “Tony Boucher’s gaggle of housewives”), and by the ’60s Bantam was telling us on the back of other paperbacks that WOMEN (in this case Margaret St. Clair) are writing sf, and it was strange and wonderful. Along with the writers, women began to direct the shape of the field then. From 1958 to 1965, Cele Goldsmith edited Amazing and Fantastic for the Ziff-Davis magazine factory. She proceeded to discover and publish Ursula K. Le Guin, Thomas M. Disch, Roger Zelazny, et al., and when her employers’ needs changed, she went off to Modern Bride Magazine, presumably with the same aplomb and skill.