El Coyote Gordo (supergee) wrote,
El Coyote Gordo


Katherine Kerr on the grief she got back in the day for reading "boys' books" (such as Heinlein), with an interesting perspective on one beloved old favorite:
A few had horrible female villains, like The Stars My Destination, where a bitter woman, trapped in a teleport-proof prison to protect her virtue, schemed against the hero.
Bester was a sick bastard; he made it subtle in Stars, but let it show in the later books. Since the "hero" raped at least one other woman (offstage of course; there were decencies to preserve), maybe the "villain" needed protection.

Thanx to jimhines
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