And so does the SFWA Bulletin. The official announcement went up this week, as the issue is currently being printed and while this process takes more time than we would like, the e-book should be available by next week. Yes, non members are perfectly allowed to purchase it, though if you want to order a print copy I suggest you get on to that ASAP – the email for the SFWA office is in that article.
I really need to get back to doing these posts every week. So many links, so little time!
Anil Dash writes about The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men, a social experiment that reaped many rewards, and quite a bit of hate mail.
Spec Fic 13 have announced their lineup of authors – this is a reprint of the best SFF blogging of the year, curated this year by the Book Smugglers. And I’m in it!
Already linked to this one via Galactic Suburbia, but it’s VERY important so I’ll put it here too – Juliet McKenna talking about women’s SF books in bookshops and how many of us lose the game before we’re even out of the changing rooms. Liz Bourke also has some thoughts on some bookshops and their lack of representation of female SFF authors.
Following up on this is an equally important piece by the legendary Janny Wurts on The Unrecognized Trajectory of Slow Burn Success (something that is much harder to achieve in the current publishing climate). She particularly notes that while many of us believe that social media is a great leveller in allowing obscure works to find their readers – it doesn’t always work that way. She also provides a whole new perspective (for me) on Tolkien’s success which is fascinating.
Another great essay from the Women Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Campaign: We are the 50% by Rachel Swirsky.
Let’s talk about toast. This fascinating article tracking the latest ‘artisanal food craze’ becomes a deeply personal story of mental illness, creativity, and building your own survival plan. It is the most inspiring story involving toast that I have ever read.
Alisa Krasnostein at TPP talks about the role of the publisher and why 70% royalties isn’t necessarily the awesome deal you think it is.
Sarah Rees Brennan talks openly about how her books are not fanfic, despite her background as a teen fanfic writer before she sold her first novel, and how often this accusation has not only dogged her career, but is used to humiliate or dismiss female authors generally.
Very out of date now, but Catherynne Valente writes passionately about Valentine’s Day and why it upsets her to have it mercilessly stomped on as a holiday. (my favourite bit is where she points out that all the holidays are made up, not just this one)
Sharon Lee talks about re-reading her own book, Agent of Change, first published thirty years ago – and why writing science fiction with strong, capable women (in books aimed at mythical 14 year old boys) was so important then & continues to be important now.
A great Kate or Die comic about the stresses involved in speaking up about sexual harassment or gender issues in a male dominated industry.
Blue Milk continues to chronicle the problem with feminism and women’s issues in the media – in this case, the damaging idea that there is something irretrievably wrong with stay at home mothers – especially the ones who (gasp) might actually WANT to stay home with their kids. Feminism is about having choices, people, not judging other people for theirs. It’s not hard.
A couple of interesting observations on Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series, concerning alt history (it never occurred to me that The Countess Conspiracy is science fiction, that’s awesome!) and the portrayal of Indian characters.