I’ve not posted much here recently, most of my blogging has been specific to my column at SF Gateway. A couple of people (Hi Leigh!) asked about links there though, so I thought a post tying things up might be useful.
The column, for those who have not yet seen it, focusses on SFF by wiomen, particularly those who have been neglected by history and critics. Called From The Attic it runs approximately monthly. The first edition set out my stall, and highlighted some of the issues surrounding women’s unduly low profile in genre.
After that I began with a couple of authors already part of the SF Gateway stable, one a particular favourite of mine the brilliant Pat Murphy, the other the hugely successful but rarely analysed Connie Willis. Shortly after the Murphy piece, which I think of as my best so far, I found that she had a new collection out, Women Up To No Good. Come on, how can you resist that title?
Next up was a look at a hugely underrated novel Michaela Roessner’s superb and unique post-apocalypse tale Vanishing point before I ran a piece picking out Seven titles I felt needed a UK edition. Two days later Gollancz announced a deal with one, Elizabeth Bear, and a couple of weeks later another, Judith Moffett. I’m delighted to note that my comments prompted several long, warm and interesting emails from Moffett.
This year’s Nebula Awards had a pretty good mix of genders, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations, so having already read a couple of them, I took a look at the women on the Best Novel Shortlist I picked the wrong winner, as you probably know Ann Leckie is winning everything going for her Ancillary Justice, whereas my strong preferences was for the gorgeous prose of Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger In Olondria.
One past Nebula & Hugo Winner who gets forgotten is Vonda N McIntyre so hopefully the column on her work will draw attention. Twitter comments already point out great looking series by McIntyre that I have so far missed.
That, for me, is a large part of what it’s about. Spreading the word, getting feedback, new ideas, new authors, and growing further.