#SpecWomenChat Episode 2 – Space Opera

Episode 2 – Space Opera: livestreamed February 18, 2018.

#SpecWomenChat is a livestreamed panel discussion featuring women who work in, and write, SFF.

Our Panel:

Ann Leckie has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, a lunch lady, and a recording engineer. The author of many published short stories, and former secretary of the Science Fiction Writers of America, she lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, children, and cats. Her space opera novels, the Imperial Radch series, have won numerous high-profile awards in the field, including the BSFA Award, the Golden Tentacle, the Clarke, the Hugo, the Locus, and the Nebula, which is why she gets top billing; and has also been nominated for the Tiptree, the Campbell, and the Philip K. Dick Awards. Website. Space Opera – Imperial Radch Series.

Bonnie Milani’s stories are garnering attention. Her short story ‘A Hot Day on Titan’ (Visions of Titan Anthology, Lillicat Press, 2015) has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Her novella ‘Liquid Gambit’ was a Reader’s Choice 2015 Top 100 selection. ‘Home World’ a sci fi novel set on the shattered remains of a future Waikiki, won the 2016 EVVY awards’ 1st place in the science fiction category. Most recently, ‘Home World’ has been awarded the Books Go Social Gold Quality Mark. Books by Bonnie Milani. Space Opera – Home World.

Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali’s publications include Strange Horizons, Fiyah Magazine, Diabolical Plots and others. You can hear her narrations at any of the four Escape Artists podcasts, Far Fetched Fables, and Strange Horizons. As co-editor of PodCastle audio magazine, Khaalidah is committed to encouraging more women and POC to submit fantasy stories. Of her alter ego, K from the planet Vega, it is rumored that she owns a time machine and knows the secret to immortality. She can be found online at http://khaalidah.com. Escape Artists (Audio Fiction.)

Chandra Trulove Fry is a bibliophile book dragon who lives with her tech wizard husband and two youngest minions. She is the mother of three and grandmother of one. They live in beautiful Redding, California. Her debut novella “Trials of the Heart” released in September of 2017. She is curating ’42 and Beyond: A Space Opera Anthology’, which will release later this year. Chandra Fry’s Books.

Diane Morrison is an emerging hybrid SFF writer, author of the Wyrd West Chronicles and the Toy Soldier Saga, and creator of #SpecWomenChat. She likes pickles and bluegrass, and hates talking about herself. An avid National Novel Writing Month participant and gaming geek, she is proudly Canadian and proudly LGBTQ. Under her pen name “Sable Aradia” she is a successful Pagan author, a musician, and a professional blogger. Diane’s Books. Space Opera – Toy Soldier Saga.

Show Notes:

TV Tropes – Space Opera Definition
C.J. Cherryh’s Books
Firefly TV Series
Hard Sci-Fi vs. Soft Sci-fi
How William Shatner Changed the World
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Expanse TV Series
The Expanse Novel Series (James S.A. Corey)
Dark Matter TV Series
To Space Opera and Beyond: On-Demand Course with Ann Leckie & Cat Rambo

I’d like to give an extra special thank you to this month’s panelists, who were professionals and real troopers, who carried on even in the face of extreme technical difficulties. A snowstorm caused some serious issues with my internet connection. They carried the conversation without me for the first half hour, and it was amazing!

For more information: http://www.sfwa.org

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