Tag Archives: women in SFF

Favorite Heroines

Favorite Heroines

Rita/Edge of Tomorrow


Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow


Zoë Washburne/Firefly



Buffy Summers/Vampire Slayer



Peggy Carter (Agent Carter/MCU)



Ellen Ripley



Sarah Connor

Lena Headey as Sarah Connor


Princess/General Leia


I know, I know, it’s supposed to be a top five list. What good does it do me to own a list and be able to break the rules if I want? I’ve talked about Edge of Tomorrow before. Buffy & Zoë are Joss Whedon creations. Black Widow was awesome even before Joss got hold of her and continues to inspire. Peggy Carter is the new woman on the block, taking names and knocking the men senseless with all the wit & style of James Bond. I’ve loved Ellen, Sarah, and Ripley since I was a kid. Who are your favorites?

State of the Writer Report

Lots of good stuff happening right now!

1. I’m all registered for the Paradise Lost Writers Workshop. This is a sequel to the Viable Paradise Writers Workshop I attended two (gasp!) years ago. (has it already been two years?). It was started by my friend and fellow VP grad Sean Patrick Kelley, who I interviewed a few months ago. This years professional staff includes: Chuck Wendig, Delilah S. Dawson, and Robert Jackson Bennett. My heart is filled with so much squee about this.

2. I also finished proofreading my assigned sections of Lightspeed Magazine’s “Women Destroy Fantasy” special issue. Another amazing issue chock full of great stories all written by women authors.

3. I’ve finished another story for the Tales from Thunder City short story collection and started a new one. All of these stories take place in the Bloodsurfer universe. I hope to have these published at the same time as Bloodsurfer. We’ll see what happens there.

The Art of Peekaboo


If you’ve ever spent time with an infant then you’ve probably played peekaboo, the near-universal game of “If I can’t see it, then it doesn’t exist” or “if I close my eyes long enough, then it’ll disappear”. That’s Dave Truesdale’s reaction to Lightspeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction issue. In his “closing thoughts”  after a slap dash review, he just can’t understand why such a special issue is necessary. The whole idea of women needing their own issue is ludicrous because he has never, not even once, witnessed anything that could be construed as sexism or misogyny in science fiction. Therefore, it doesn’t exist.

Oh, wait, no– there was that one time when he was asked to leave a “women’s only” panel at a science fiction convention. That was clearly sexism and he noticed it because it happened to him.  HIM, not to someone else. He was escorted out of the room by a woman who was NOT his girlfriend at the time. He indicates that he was firmly, but gently shown the door, indicating that this woman touched him without his consent, and therefore he took notice of the sexism occurring and it was wrong. WRONG, he tells us, because it happened to him. A long time ago. He has said nothing about it until now because it’s important to demonstrate how to correctly handle situations that involve someone touching you without your consent: you put up and shut up, just like Dave Truesdale did. That’s the only right and proper way to handle sexism in general, not just  in science fiction.


Having gotten that out of my system, please, folks, ignore the Tangent review all together and go to Lightspeed to read the stories or buy the issue. It’s an amazing collection. I had the privilege of reading it as a member of the proofreading team (fellow proofreader Rachel K. Jones refers to us as Team “Women Destroy Typos!”). The issue isn’t just about the fiction. Illustrators are included, personal essays, interviews, and editorials. 109 women took over Lightspeed for this one issue and did a fantastic job. This is a must have for any science fiction collection.


Worthy of Note

When I first decided to write novels, there was no question about the genre in which I would write. Science (or speculative) fiction and fantasy will always be my favorite. Since I started writing my own stories, I’ve become more aware of the vicious harassment aimed at women who either write SFF or participate in fan forums either in person or online. This is on top of the general misogyny furthered by the portrayal of female characters in SFF. Growing up on strong doses of Princess Leia, Sarah Connor, and Ellen Ripley, it was hard sometimes to understand why books I really wanted to love disappointed me only in their portrayal of female characters.

Of course, the louder the perps (or perves – your choice) scream their vileness, the stronger (and louder) women SF writers and their fans become. There are two Kickstarter projects fully funded for women science fiction and fantasy writers.

Lightspeed Magazine’s special issue: Women Destroy Science Fiction

Athena’s Daughters

I can’t say how much it tickles me that the Lightspeed special issue was fully funded in under 24 hours. The results are going to be amazing!