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Waisbrooker, Lois

Pseudonym of US Feminist editor, publisher and author Adeline Eliza Nichols (1826-1909); she wrote several nonfantastic propaganda novels like Alice Vale: A Story for the Times (1869), about an abnormally sensitive and intelligent woman constantly at odds with male expectations of her sex. She is of sf interest for A Sex Revolution (1894), in which a Utopia is posited where women have gained control over their own bodies, are recognized as superior to males as nature intended, enjoy sexual freedom (see Sex), which is available for all; and insist on peace. As is often the case in nineteenth-century utopias, drunkenness is considered a sign of disease. [JC]

Adeline Eliza Nichols

born New York State: 21 February 1826

died Antioch, California: 3 October 1909

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Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 16:49 pm on 13 August 2022.