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Wendy Hanna-Rose - associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Houston, Houston, Do You Read?

Author: James Tiptree Jr.

Book Description:

In middle school, my earth science teacher told me that girls don’t get A's in science. At the time I was a big fan of science fiction literature. My interest in speculative fiction persists today and has always been an integral part of my desire to “do” science. While I didn’t discover Alice Sheldon (aka James Tiptree Jr.) until years later, she inspired me because she did exactly what “they” said that women couldn’t do; she wrote amazing science fiction. I don’t get grades for my work any longer, but I think I’ve proved that teacher wrong, just like Alice. Houston, Houston, Do You Read? is my favorite story of hers.

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