Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Pippa Jay Ponders The Invisibility Of Women SF/SFR Authors At Spacefreighters Lounge

At Spacefreighters Lounge, author Pippa Jay (KEIR) reflects on the challenges facing women SF and SFR authors: Without the romance, Dune was just a book about worms...

Over the last few weeks I've been thinking about the problems in promoting and selling SFR, and even SF if you happen to be a female author. It's bugging me (can you tell?). I've seen a lot of conversations on Twitter about why female SF authors aren't necessarily a minority, but aren't given the same recognition or notice as male SF authors...

...Their [io9's] research found there's a (probably) unconscious bias toward male authored speculative fiction by reviewers, but it was the comments that kicked off the Twitter conversation.

1.Female SF authors only write character driven or even romantic scifi (or as one person said on Twitter "eww, romance") as opposed to action driven.

2.Male SF authors only write action driven SF.

Oh, really?
Good food for thought.

Joyfully yours,

Heather