Socially Superlative’s own Marleen S. Barr has just published Oy Feminist Planets: A Fake Memoir (Neopoiesis Press), the hilarious story of a New York based feminist science fiction scholar’s worldwide quest to find a husband.

Our heroine Professor Sondra Lear–a feminist theorist by day and a husband hunter by night–finally does manage to get married. So what if she marries the lascivious French-Canadian art historian Pepe Le Pew and he is an alien? Sondra’s Jewish mother will need to adjust to the situation.

And as for Pepe, well he will just have to deal with the fact that book cover portrays him as a skunk ensconced on a flying saucer. Although no one can possibly be as out of this world as Sondra (who fraternizes with clones of herself, a talking horse named Ms. Ed, and an on retainer friendly vampire), Marleen comes close. Share her riotous experiences!


About the Author:

Marleen S. Barr, when she is not writing for Socially Superlative, generates pioneering work in feminist science fiction theory and teaches English at the City University of New York. She has won the Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction criticism. Barr is the author of Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory, Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond, Feminist Fabulation: Space/Postmodern Fiction, and Genre Fission: A New Discourse Practice for Cultural Studies. Barr has edited many anthologies and co-edited the science fiction issue of PMLA. She is the author of the humorous campus novel Oy Pioneer!

Check out these Superlative blurbs!

“Marleen S. Barr (or Sondra, the confusion is part of the novel’s charm!) takes you on another crazy narrative ride in this sequel to OY PIONEER!. Tighten your seat belts!”

James Gunn, Recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy

“Barr mentions Twain here immediately.  But I read her equally in the long tradition of Swift and George Eliot.  She produces both criticism and fiction massively with a “savage indignation.”  Marleen S.Barr is determined that her voice be heard, and we should listen.”

D.M. Hassler, Professor of English, Kent State University and former Editor, EXTRAPOLATION

“Marleen S. Barr’s last *Oy*–(OY PIONEER!: A Novel)–took me on a rollicking tour of a female academic’s search for a husband to placate her Jewish mother. Her new *Oy* plunges readers into her very own academic specialty, feminist science fiction. But the search goes on. And with it
hilarious Jewish jokes, academic twists, sex–lots of sex–and, finally, a husband! Barr is an effervescent humorous writer who travels to South Africa, Austria, England, the West, Quebec, and 9/11 New York aboard a flamboyant imagination and real inside dope on the world of intellectuals. Join her. You’ll love the ride!”

Norman N. Holland, Marston-Milbauer, Eminent Scholar Emeritus, University of Florida

“From Huckleberry Finn (whose famous opening Marleen Barr echoes in her own latest novel) to such modern classics as Catch-22, Portnoy’s Complaint, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and A Confederacy of Dunces, the comic novel has long been one of the chief glories of American literature. Barr’s novels, and not least her most recent one, constitute a hilarious–and unswervingly feminist–contribution to this great tradition.”

Carl Freedman, Russell B. Long Professor of English, Louisiana State University

For additional information please visit: