Most lovers of science fiction would agree that it is a literary genre dominated by men. At least until the 1970s, most science- fiction books were written by men, published by men, and read by men (as well as by a great many spotty-faced teenage boys.).
Brian Aldiss went so far as to describe it as ‘all-male escapist power fantasy’ written by ‘philistine-male-chauvinist pigs’.. Jules Verne is usually named as the Father of Science Fiction, with H.G. Wells and Hugo Gernsback often sharing the honours with him.
Yet if we agree that science fiction is a ‘literary genre that makes imaginative use of scientific knowledge or conjecture’,, science fiction was born more than fifty 50 years before Verne published his first novel; more than ten years before he was even a twinkle in his dad’s eye.
The first science- fiction novel was conceived in the imagination of a young woman, barely more than a girl, one wild and stormy night in June 1816, on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
‘How ([did) ] I, then a young girl, come to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea?’ she was to write later, when her novel, her ‘hideous progeny’, finally came to be published.