Category Archives: LGBT

Girl Cooties in your FTL Drive!

Last week I wrote about the dearth of female protagonists in stories about time travel. This is somewhat less true for the cluster of subgenres with space as their setting — women rarely get to travel in time, but they … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Solaris Rising 3

Solaris Rising 3, a 2014 science fiction anthology edited by Ian Whates, is a solid and memorable collection. There’s a story from Aliette de Bodard’s award-winning Dai Viet universe, a far future postcolonial space opera, that brings to mind the … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Women Warriors

Trying something new: a weekly post spotlighting and micro-reviewing two short stories — one science fiction, one fantasy — both featuring diversity. The theme of this week is women warriors. “Makeisha in Time” by Rachel K. Jones: A time-traveler lives … Continue reading

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LGBT lit recs.

I began this LGBT speculative fiction reading challenge a few months ago and it’s broadened my reading experience a lot. I started this and the women authors of color challenge for reasons that were political, a means to try to … Continue reading

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How to fail gracefully.

Alternate title: “Serious Feminist Thoughts, Apropros of Sexism in SF/F This Week.” *** I’ve been thinking about all the events in genre conversation in which some dude says something totally sexist, gets called on it, doubles down, mansplains how it’s … Continue reading

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Review: The Other Half of the Sky

The Other Half of the Sky is a 2013 science fiction anthology edited by Athena Andreadis and Kay T. Holt; its sixteen stories all feature female protagonists. Within it you’ll find familiar names such as Joan Slonczewski, Melissa Scott, and Ken Liu, … Continue reading

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New database for finding diverse speculative fiction.

Read all about the project and its creator Nikki Bailey here. This is so cool, y’all. There are lots of speculative fiction databases on the Internet, but this is the first — covering women genre authors exclusively — that allows … Continue reading

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks, or: On Stories.

This is a hashtag trending on Twitter right now. I suggest giving it a look. It also relates to something I’ve been thinking about all day: something about stories.

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Thoughts on the Hugo Nominations + We Have a Plan.

There’s been lots of back-and-forth on the Internet lately regarding this year’s Hugo nominations. I’ve read a few versions of both arguments and I’m not taking any sides, except that I hate to see allies cannibalize each other, and I’m … Continue reading

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Review: The Drowning Girl

I bought The Drowning Girl, Caitlìn Kiernan’s 2012 novel that won the Stoker Award and was nominated for practically every speculative fiction literary award ever, on a road trip. It happened thusly: my spouse was driving as I was finishing … Continue reading

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