This book has taken me some time to write, and along the way I have
benefited from the support, kindness, and stimulating interchange
with so many people and institutions that I am sure I will forget some of
them, and I beg their forgiveness. Penn State University has been a
great community in which to live and to work on this book. The Rare
Book Room of Pattee Library has superb holdings in science fiction,
thanks to its legendary curator the late Charlie Mann, and I want to
thank Sandy Stelts for her continuing responsiveness to my peculiar
requests and interests. The smtc (Science, Medicine, Technology, and
Culture) group has been a long-term pleasure, and I thank Rich Doyle,
and Robert Proctor and Londa Schiebinger (now at Stanford, alas).
Nancy Tuana has created a great community in the Rock Ethics In-
stitute at Penn State, with its disability studies reading group, feminist
science studies reading group, and (most recently) the Agnatology Con-
ference. Particular thanks to Nancy Tuana, Michael Bérubé, Janet Lyon,
and Alexa Schriempf; and to Wenda Bauchspies, Malia Fullerton, Mark
Morrison, Marianne Sommer, and Jodie Nicotra. Thanks, too, to Car-
olyn Sachs and the Penn State Women’s Studies Program for its broad
and capacious understanding of what can constitute feminist research;
to the English Department at Penn State, for support of my science
studies interests; and to Vincent Lankewish, Alice Sheppard, Jane
Ju√er, Mark Morrison, Paul Youngquist, Evan Watkins (whom we
miss), Don Bialostosky, and Robert Caserio. A conversation with Stan-
ley Weintraub when I was newly arrived at Penn State nudged my
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