Previous Image Next Image Joanna Russ. The Female Man. 1975. Joanna Russ. The Female Man. New York: Bantam Books, 1975. “In 1975 Russ published The Female Man, which must be accounted the best feminist science-fiction novel of all time [. . .] Russ wants to empower women.” — Thomas M. Disch A novel of life on the women’s planet Whileaway, in the form of four linked stories in which alternate versions of the protagonist move from servility to liberation. No. 61.