Delilah and the Space Rigger

Publication date:1949.12
Genre:Science fiction short story
Series:Future History
Preceded by:Gulf
Followed by:The Long Watch
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“Delilah and the Space Rigger,” a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein, is one of his most explicitly feminist‐themed short stories, it originally appeared in “Blue Book” December 1949.


Gloria Brooks McNye, a Communications Engineer, wangles a job as a radio technician and joins the all‐male crew of construction workers building a space station. On her arrival she immediately has a confrontation with the hard‐boiled construction superintendent, who hadn’t realized she was female. He doesn’t want any women “sniffing around my boys” and orders her returned on the next shuttle…