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A Link to a Cool Magazine Issue with some Diversity Links (Dumping Days)

Back last summer, Lightspeed Magazine did a very cool issue of the magazine called “Women Destroy Science Fiction!” featuring stories from women SF writers and a lot of articles about women in science fiction and the issues female writers and fans face in the field. I meant to feature it at the time, but life happened. You can still check it out at the link above. There’s also a lovely Twitter feed “article” — becoming a new art form that — from SFF writer Seanan McGuire about what the issue of the magazine means to her as writer and fan.

Of course not everybody was able to get into the spirit of the thing. Old fashioned sexist Dave Truesdale, who apparently runs a site called Tangent Online, whined about the issue’s existence and assembled panels of others to “review” the issue’s non-fiction articles by whining about their existence. This irked a number of people into writing very fun articles about the issue and that critiquing site’s usual sexist commentary on the very idea of it, the kind of rhetoric heard all the way back by Mary Shelley when she published Frankenstein. Amal El MohtarE. Catherine ToblerJohn O’Neill of Black Gate Magazine, and Rachel Acks were the ones I found the most astute and Natalie Luhrs was both astute and offers up interesting related links.

On a similar front of encouragement and documenting discrimination, Gail Simone did a great piece for women creators in comics and women creators in general. My favorite quote from it:

“I have many times seen advice given to women that essentially equals, “smile and don’t upset anyone.” This is the world’s worst advice, and the people who say that to you? Make no mistake. They are the enemy, regardless of gender. Don’t even bother to engage them, just go around them as they try to grab your legs and pull you down.”

Bestselling fantasy author Carrie Vaughn also does a great piece about writing “tough” female characters and the stereotypes we socially hold about them.

And at Vox.com, Susannah Locke did a fascinating interview with scientist Sarah Richardson, author of the book Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome. The book tackles the actual facts about our biological sex regarding our DNA and Richardson talks about the social biases about gender that have skewed biological research and had to be deconstructed:

“Our biological theories of sex are deeply intertwined with our cultural theories of sex and gender.”

Good stuff, so check out what interests you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unreality Junction: Authors Featured in the Past

Here’s a list of SFFH authors I’ve featured on my blog in the past. All worth checking out, more to come:

Liz Williams

Connie Willis

Graham Joyce

Fiona McIntosh

Elizabeth Bear

 

Robert V.S. Redick

Allison Brennan

Patrick Lee

Ari Marmell

Mario Acevedo

 

Kim Harrison

Alexey Pehov

Joe Hill

Ian Douglas

Susan Beth Pfeffer

 

Margaret Ronald

Ian McDonald

Ian Tregillis

Heather Tomlinson

James Knapp

N.K. Jemisin

Adam Roberts

 

Katharine Beutner

Stephen Deas

Teri Hall

Kaaron Warren

David Louis Edelman

Lauren Beukes

 

Sarah Ash

Mark Teppo

David J. Williams

Carrie Ryan

F. Paul Wilson

 

Jonathan Barnes

Greg Egan

Vicki Pettersson

Stacia Kane

Sara Creasy

 

Debra Doyle & James Macdonald

Jocelyn Drake

C.L. Anderson

Carlos J. Cortes

Darryl Gregory

J.A. Pitts

 

Shiloh Walker

Anthony Huso

John Dickenson

Seanan McGuire

Catherine Jinks

 

Helen Lowe,

Tobias S. Bucknell

Suzanne Johnson

Deborah Coates

John Love

 

John Levitt

Carolyn Crane

Tim Marquitz

Lincoln Crisler

Jasper Kent

Jon Sprunk

 

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2010 SFFH Novels to Check Out — Welcome to Fall!

Shiloh Walker, in a post for Tor.com, gave one of the best explanations of the compulsion of fiction writers I’ve encountered: “Because it’s shiny.” Here’s the link: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/07/because-its-shiny

Her newest paranormal romance title, Veil of Shadows, takes place in an alternate realm facing a war against demons and tells the story of a couple who may have found love amid war, or betrayal.

Anthony Huso‘s The Last Page is getting some good buzz. It’s a dark alternate world fantasy with a steampunk vision and a young king and sewer monsters. I always like sewer monsters.

John Dickenson, a British author, offers a chilling vision of the possible future in the SF thriller We, when a man must leave the interconnected Earth for a life mission to a distant and isolated  ice moon, and from there, he will begin to see what humanity has become.

Seanan McGuire just won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the 2010 Aussie WorldCon. An Artificial Night, the third novel in her contemporary fantasy series October Daye, is now out. Half-fae, half-human detective Toby Daye has to tackle the Wild Hunt to rescue kidnapped children, while dealing with omens of her own demise.

Catherine Jinks brings horror to space in the YA novel Living Hell, about a youth on a colonizing spaceship which begins an organic transformation that causes it to seek to expel the human passengers.


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