Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 month ago

Was science fiction really created/started by a woman?

10 Answers

  • Lili
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Homer and other, similar, ancient writings represent religio-mythological literature, not science fiction.  (There is a theory, by the way, that some of the Homeric writings were produced by a woman or women.)

    See Margaret Cavendish's "The Blazing World," a 17th-century work.  The 17th century witnessed the beginning of the scientific revolution, which eventually led to modern science.

  • John
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Unless Homer was a woman, no.

    Most storylines and ideas can be traced back to Homer's two epics the Odyssey and the Iliad.

    Odyssey has that many encounters, that are 'Not of this world' and things that might happen in the future, you can trace the ideas of Science fiction back to him.

    Someone has also suggested Gilgamesh which predates Homer, and supports my point, ideas about the future or other worldly affairs is ancient.  

    However I think you are referring to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but that is Gothic Horror, not Science fiction.

    Jules Verne and then H.G. Wells are the two people responsible for inventing Sci Fi.  

    Both men.   

  • 1 month ago

    Probably not. 

    It depends on what you call science fiction.

    Gilgamesh was a Sumerian epic, which could be called science fiction, but there's also the Rigveda collection with "mechanical birds jumping into space speedily with a craft using fire and water... containing twelve stamghas (pillars), one wheel, three machines, 300 pivots, and 60 instruments". And Hindi ones with time travel. Oh, and there are elements in the books of the Bible that could be considered "science fiction".

    But Science Fiction as a genre (despite H.G.Wells, Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and others) really sprang into existence in the 1920's with Hugo Gernback, with the pulp magazines like Amazing Stories and Astounding (later Analog). That's when most of the conventions that make Science Fiction were laid down for modern writers to follow.

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The first commonly accepted work of 'science fiction'  was 'Five Go To Mars',  by Enid Blyton.  So, yes it was.

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  • 1 month ago

    Unknown, Timeline of science fiction:

  • 1 month ago

    The horror genre was.  Not science fiction. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Some say the "First Testament Bible" contains the first sci-fi stories.

    author unknown.  (G*D?)

    the "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly is the first recognized story by most.

  • Zac Z
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is often considered as the first science fiction novel.

    If you share that view then science fiction would have been started by a woman. Or more precisely, the first SF novel would be; there've been shorter SF stories that would fit the same criteria as "Frankenstein".

    I think it is difficult to point to a work that is undisputedly the first work of science fiction because the lines separating SF from non-SF are blurry.

  • 1 month ago

    Oh, yes. Yes, it was. Many people think it was Julie Verne, an Australian author who wrote "Twenty Thousand Leagues Is An Awfully Long Distance" started SF, but it wasn't. It was some other woman called Jane Eyre who write "Frankenstein and the Doctor" about a clone called Frankenstein that made an artificial doctor, or something. Hope this helped with your anon question.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yeah she yelled at her husband to go write a book.

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