Pamela Sargent

On this date in 1948, science fiction writer Pamela Sargent was born. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from the State University of Binghamton. Sargent is the author of many science fiction books and short stories, and has edited several anthologies, specializing in female and feminist science fiction. Her books include: Women of Wonder: Science Fiction Stories by Women About Women (1975), Cloned Lives (1976), Bio-Futures: Science Fiction Stories about Biological Metamorphoses (1976), Starshadows: Ten Stories (1977), The Sudden Star (1979), The Alien Upstairs (1983), Alien Child (1988), The Best of Pamela Sargent (1987), and Women of Wonder: The Contemporary Years (1995).

“Gore Vidal once wrote that, whatever most writers say, the books that influence them most are those read in childhood-before the age of twelve, say--presumably because childhood experiences are the most formative. Assuming he's right, the most influential books for me must be Bambi, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Grimm's fairy tales, Bulfinch's Mythology, Walter Farley horse books like The Black Stallion (I read them all), The Cloister and the Hearth and other historical novels too numerous to list, Fred Hoyle's The Nature of the Universe, and The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, which my mother gave me, interestingly enough. Oh, and the Bible, believe it or not, even though I was brought up as an atheist. The Old Testament's full of good stories, my personal favorites being those of David and Esther. I never could get into the New Testament. ”

—Pamela Sargent, interview by Engel-Cox, Nova Express.

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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