By Dan Koboldt In some ways, publishing is a zero-sum game. There are only so many slots in the schedule of traditional publishers. Only ten books can occupy the top ten list, and only one can win the Hugo. Yet the most dangerous and pervasive threat to the aspiring author is not another author, nor […]Read More We Are All Allies
Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern by Todd J. McCaffrey My rating: 3 of 5 stars Read for the Genre Non-Fiction Challenge. This is a tribute to Anne McCaffrey, author of the Pern series, the Acorna series, the Pegasus series, and the Crystal Singer series, among many others. McCaffrey has long been a […]Read More Book Review: Dragonwriter by Todd McCaffrey
By Roberto Minto In 2010, at the age of 81, the acclaimed novelist Ursula K. Le Guin started a blog. Blogs never seemed a likely destination for the writer, who by then had a long career in 20th-century traditional publishing behind her. But Le Guin’s new book, No Time To Spare, which harvests a representative sample of her blog […]Read More What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging?
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the Women of Genre Fiction Challenge, the Grand Mistresses of Genre Fiction Challenge, and the High Fantasy Challenge. My reading pace has slowed as writing deadlines have piled up on me. Writing is a bit of a feeding […]Read More Book Review: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
The imagining of possible worlds is the staple of science fiction. As expert Bruce Sterling puts it, science fiction (or SF or sci-fi for short) is ‘a form of fiction that deals principally with the impact of actual or imagined science upon society or individuals’. In speculative fiction this impact can be strictly technological (as in novels featuring […]Read More 43 Must-Visit Sci-fi Websites for Writers
Every year or two, someone writes another article about a genre that women have just now entered, which used to be the province of male writers. Usually it’s some form of science fiction. Lately it’s been fantasy, especially epic fantasy (which strikes me with fierce irony, because I remember when fantasy was pink and squishy […]Read More From Dark to Dark: Yes, Women Have Always Written Space Opera
Image: Photo of C.J. Cherryh in the plane she pilots. Elizabeth Moon’s new novel Cold Welcome is a sci-fi thriller about a space fleet commander unexpectedly thrown into a life-or-death situation with an untested crew. It’s the first space opera that Moon has written since her Serrano’s Legacy novels wrapped up about a decade ago. […]Read More 5 Women Writers Who Have Made Space Opera Their Own
Science fiction has a reputation for being a field that has traditionally been entirely dominated by white heterosexual cisgender men, both in terms of its writers and its protagonists. It’s a reputation that the whole field has been working very hard to leave behind. One often wonders (at least, I do,) how it got that […]Read More One Reason Why Science Fiction Was Traditionally Racist — Maybe