By David Barnett Two centuries. Two hundred years. That’s how long we’ve had science fiction. From the birth of Frankenstein, to the death of Ursula K Le Guin. Two hundred years. This was originally meant to be just the story of Frankenstein, written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and published on 1 January 1818. But this week, with […]Read more "If Mary Shelley Invented SF, Why Are So Few Female SF Writers Known?"
By James Davis Nicoll Once more into the past, this time armed with a more comprehensive list of women who debuted in the 1970s¹. In fact, my list has become long enough that I am going have to tackle the authors letter by letter, moving forward. In this case, I am looking at women authors […]Read more "Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, Part II"
It was 1984 when I received my first Dungeons & Dragons boxed set for my birthday. Veteran gamers will remember this red-book set with its dice that had to be coloured in with a crayon to see the numbers. I was so excited! I had heard about this game and as a fantasy/sci-fi reader, there […]Read more "D&D is for Boys: Or, Why I’m Always the DM"
By Bluestockings As I settle in for a cup of tea and a good old fashion hate-watching of Fifty Shades of Grey, I’m absolutely shocked and appalled and genuinely disturbed by what’s happening in the gaming community just North of our town of Toronto. While I had no intention of getting involved, shit happens. Two […]Read more "The Hated Ones: We Just Wanna Have Fun"
By Misty Vander ‘Shh. Breathe.’ I exhaled a breath of stale air into the crowded lobby of the local hotel. My partner sensed my hesitation beside me and squeezed my hand encouragingly. With a small tug, he urged me onwards. “Let’s go, I don’t want to be around these neckbeards any longer than I have […]Read more "Honey, Let the Real Gamers Play"
By James Davis Nicoll You may have been annoyed by recurrent comments from a certain surprisingly flammable Waterloo-region reviewer. He complains about the erasure from SF memory of women writing SF back in the 1970s—but has that reviewer ever bother to name names? Suggest books? I think not. It is time to confront the erasure directly. […]Read more "Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, A Through F"