I post this essay here with some trepidation since it is the first academic piece of mine ever published, and it's rather awkward in tone. But I can't miss the chance to celebrate the first Tron, released in 1982. In the early 1990s I was working on my first novel, Correspondence, about a woman who turns herself into a machine. I was fascinated by what I called 'the experience of machine-ness' and I watched Tron over and over again. When I was invited to write a chapter of a book on women and science fiction I knew I wanted to write about Tron, although to be honest I was much more interested in the machine than in the female side of things (ditto the other film I discuss there, Short Circuit).