What would happen to our culture if men ceased to exist? Mary E. Bradley Lane explores this question in Mizora, the first known feminist utopian novel written by a woman.

Vera Zarovitch is a Russian noblewoman -- heroic, outspoken, and determined. A political exile in Siberia, she escapes and flees north, eventually finding herself adrift and exhausted on a strange sea at the North Pole. Crossing a barrier of mist and brilliant light. Zarovitch is swept into the enchanted inner world of Mizora. A haven of music, peace, universal education, and beneficial advanced technology. Mizora is a world of women.

Mizora appeared anonymously in the Cincinnati Commercial in 1880 and 1881. Mary E. Bradley Lane concealed from her husband her role in writing the controversial story.

Introducing this Bison Frontiers of Imagination edition is Joan Saberhagen, coeditor of Pawn to Infinity and a member of the Very Small Array workshop, a group of science fiction writers in New Mexico.

Cover design by R.W. Boeche.

University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln NE 68588-0484. www.nebraskapress.unl.edu

ISBN 0-8032-7992-2 $9.95

The above text taken from the back cover of the 1999 edition.

©1999 University of Nebraska Press.

Georges T. Dodds has written a review of MIZORA covering some interesting facts on early feminist literature . The review can be found at SF SITE -- Reviews.