View Full Version : Women Destroy Science Fiction!

Laer Carroll
06-18-2014, 06:27 AM
I just read a great article on women in science fiction. Itís in the latest issue of the online magazine, Lightspeed (http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/). The whole issue is titled Women Destroy Science Fiction! (exclam included) The article is a roundtable interview with Ursula K. Le Guin, Pat Cadigan, Ellen Datlow, and Nancy Kress. The interviewer was author Mary Robinette Kowal (http://maryrobinettekowal.com/).

They discuss how SF has changed in their lifetimes, in its readers, writers, story contents and styles, and numbers. They also discuss how it has changed in its relation to the mainstream and literary fiction world.


06-18-2014, 08:27 AM
Good article. Thanks for sharing.

06-18-2014, 09:03 AM
Now there's a clickbait title if I ever saw one! My hackles were all prepared to rise. :) Thanks for the article, an interesting read. As a woman who writes SF, it is always nice to hear from those who continue to help pave the way and overturn outdated stereotypes.

I found the part about how people assume men have more of a science education very interesting. I actually majored in astrophysics in college and continue to follow science news with interest, but I don't write hard SF. I do wonder if it makes my work less-soft. I have considered doing more hard SF but it's just not as interesting to me to get the science exactly right than to just tell a good story.

Also, go NK Jemisin! Woohoo Noras in the world!

06-18-2014, 11:48 AM
Men have more of a science education? Ha. Yes, technically speaking I have an A level in physics, but only just (passed by the seat of my underwear). Definitely not my strong suit.

06-18-2014, 05:03 PM
Now there's a clickbait title if I ever saw one!

I wasn't clickbaited. If it had instead read - Women 'Destroy' SF, then, oh, yes... :rant: :tongue

06-18-2014, 08:58 PM
Baited me and not my genre!

06-19-2014, 10:51 PM
Definitely draws the eyes--though for me just saying Le Guin was on a panel would be more than enough to draw me in. For my time you cannot find a better short story than "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"

06-20-2014, 03:56 AM
I was also baited, but this was super interesting, thanks for sharing!