This last week was a wonderful start to Women in SF&F 2013, thanks to all the contributors and their great guest posts! In case you missed any of the articles, they’re included in this post. I am also announcing the guests for the upcoming week and giving away seven speculative fiction books written by women. First, I’d like to bring your attention to another series that is going on this month that you may be interested in if you’ve been following this series.
Harry Markov is running a blog series “Women in Genre” dedicated to celebrating female genre creators. Throughout the month of April, he will be sharing one story a day about a woman in genre who impacted his life (examples so far include but are not limited to J. K. Rowling, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rachel Vincent, and Theresa Lucas from Fantasy and SciFi Lovin’ Reviews). I’ve been enjoying his personal stories, and if you read the comments on the announcement post I linked to, there are lots of female genre authors listed!
Week In Review
Here’s what happened last week:
- Renay from Lady Business shared her experience with discovering genre fiction and invited us to share our top 10 favorite science fiction and fantasy books written by women. Favorite books contributed will be made into a list and released after this month’s series has ended.
- Jacqueline Carey discussed epic fantasy and why it seems to be the last bastion of male-dominated sales and authors.
- Karin Lowachee talked about common assumptions people make when they learn she is a writer—namely, that she writes either romance or children’s books—and encouraged women to write what they love, no matter what that is.
- Sherwood Smith wrote about women in fandom and the influence of women in fandom in the past.
- Ana and Thea from The Book Smugglers discussed the importance of recognizing young adult and middle grade speculative fiction books and recommended amazing YA and MG stories that transcend age categorization.
- Lane Robins shared three female authors and their heroines who influenced her in the development of Sylvie, the main protagonist in her Shadows Inquiries series she writes as Lyn Benedict.
Upcoming Guests: Week 2
I’m so excited about this week’s contributors. Guests for the second week are as follows:
April 8: Sue from Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers
April 9: Lois McMaster Bujold (Vorkosigan Saga, Chalion)
April 10: Janice from Specfic Romantic
April 11: Julie Czerneda (Species Imperative, A Turn of Light)
April 12: Rachel Neumeier (Griffin Mage, The Floating Islands, House of Shadows)
April 13: Deborah Coates (Wide Open, Deep Down)
YA Speculative Fiction Giveaway
Courtesy of Strange Chemistry, I have a set of seven young adult speculative fiction books written by women to give away! (This giveaway is US/Canada only.)
The books included in this giveaway are as follows:
- Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
- Broken by A. E. Rought
- The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells
- Pantomime by Laura Lam
- Shift by Kim Curran
- The Holders by Julianna Scott
Links go to each book’s page on Goodreads if you want to learn more.
Giveaway Rules: To be entered in the giveaway, fill out the form below OR send an email to kristen AT fantasybookcafe DOT com with the subject “YA Giveaway.” One entry per person and a winner will be randomly selected. Only those with a mailing address in the US or Canada are eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will be open until the end of the day on Monday, April 15. The winner has 24 hours to respond once contacted via email, and if I don’t hear from them by then a new winner will be chosen (who will also have 24 hours to respond until someone gets back to me with a place to send the book).
Please note email addresses will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner. Once the giveaway is over all the emails will be deleted.
(The giveaway is over and the form has been removed.)