Tag Archives: science fiction and fantasy

Dragon Con followup: Female heroes and femininity

On Saturday, I sat on a panel in the American Sci-fi Classics track at Dragon Con, talking about female heroes in classic sci-fi. One question from the audience stuck out to me as being insufficiently addressed in the time we had available, so: Young woman in the front row, stage left, ’bout three seats from the end, if you’ve followed me here (which is totally cool and appreciated), here’s the answer you deserve.

Question: Seeing as how “femininity” is really just a social construct, don’t we need to see more heroines who eschew traditional signifiers of femininity? Continue reading

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Procedure Fail: WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces

Readers who are already part of SF fandom have probably seen a lot of this WisCon 38 fallout already, but since this sort of institutional memory-holing of relevant history regarding serial harassers is precisely the sort of social convention that serial harassers rely upon in order to keep getting away with what they do, alongside the fallacy that harassers are obvious deviants who could never be part of my well-ordered community (when in fact they are commonly those with the well-liked/respected status to be given the benefit of the doubt when/if reports are made against them), it’s worth reading about the mistakes of communities with which one isn’t familiar so that one can learn about patterns to watch out for and procedural standards which need to be known and practised by decision-makers. Continue reading

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Open Non-Whovians Can Look Away Now Thread

Designated thread for the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. Opinionate! Continue reading

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Books, Opinions, Movies, Boycotts: Free Speech and Consequences

Scalzi pretty much nails it on the [eta] freedom of speech aspects of the question of whether to boycott or not to boycott the upcoming movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic SF story Ender’s Game. Continue reading

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Open Games of Thrones Thread

To mark the Games of Thrones Season 3 finale: if it hasn’t been broadcast in your timezone yet, then BEWARE SPOILERS IN COMMENTS BELOW. Continue reading

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Doctor Who S7/2 only two weeks to go

As requested ages ago, a dedicated Doctor Who thread prior to the show’s 2013 season return. Continue reading

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Cover Art for Bloodchildren

When Nisi Shawl called me up and asked me to do the cover for her anthology Bloodchildren, I was astonished. Not because she asked me but because I knew I was going to say yes. I’ve never done a cover and my photography is normally unsuited for SF anthology. But two days before she called, for the first time I had a clear sense of my new project, and this request fit the areas I was thinking about. Continue reading

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“Twilight” as a cautionary tale about traditional gender roles

The most tragic part of the whole story is that this empty shell of a person – which at this point is nothing more than a frozen echo of Bella, twisted and destroyed as she is by her co-dependence with Edward, fails to see what has happened to her. She ends the story in denial – empty, annihilated, and having learned nothing. Continue reading

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“Racism and Science Fiction” by Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany is a brilliant and fascinating gay black science fiction author who has won many awards and been the subject of at least one documentary. Here’s an article he wrote about racism and science fiction, which I found … Continue reading

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More on feminist science fiction

In the wake of WisCon, the feminist science fiction convention, I think I’d like to put some serious time into reading the past winners of the James Tiptree Jr. award. More on the award: In February of 1991 at WisCon, … Continue reading

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WisCon: Feminist Science Fiction & Fantasy, coming up in Madison

WisCon is an awesome upcoming feminist science fiction convention that will happen in Madison on May 26-30. Here’s the Statement of Principles, which includes the following: WisCon has been a feminist science fiction convention since its founding in 1977. The … Continue reading

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In which the feminist science fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction fans have our fun

By way of following up on the Left-Handed Commencement Address thread. I note that I am far from being the only person here who is both a feminist and a fan of science fiction! Because I love sharing the femSF … Continue reading

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