Happy birthday this week to Tamora Pierce! Happy birthday to the woman who helped pioneer YA fantasy and pushed female heroes to the forefront of her work. Truly, she is a champion of speculative fiction. For her, speculative fiction should be (and can be!) for everyone. The thing that surprises me is that more people …

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Happy Birthday to Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)! Today we honor and remember the woman who gave us “The Lottery” (1949) as well as The Haunting of Hill House (1959), her most famous novel. Jackson’s brilliance is in the way horror is in the everyday, and more importantly, in each of us. But what I find most …

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Winifred Holtby (1898-1935), a British author and ardent feminist during her short life, reminds us why we are feminists and writers: I am a feminist because I dislike everything that feminism implies. I desire an end to the whole business, the demands for equality, the suggestion of sex warfare, the very name feminist. I want …

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When we celebrate women in genre fiction, we cannot leave out the incredible women who create, invent and experiment with the science and technology many of us write about and build upon. Meet Grace Hopper (Dec. 1906-Jan. 1992). A US Navy Admiral and one of the first computer programmers, we owe Grace Hopper a debt …

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October might belong to pumpkin spice, but November is for wood smoke and bare branches. For winds grown biting and sharp, and tender plants withering after a hard frost. Already I’m burrowing under too many blankets and dreaming of the next hot chocolate. As we near the end of the calendar year, it seems as …

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Happy birthday to Margaret Atwood! While she is probably best known for her feminist dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Atwood has also written poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, television scripts and children’s books. As readers and writers of speculative fiction, we owe her a lot and for more than the numerous works she has written. …

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I read no articles or advanced reviews, so when the beautifully designed, author-signed first edition arrived at my local independent bookstore, I had no idea what to expect; beyond, that is, the unavoidable buzz: how Kazuo Ishiguro ventures into the world of fantasy with his latest novel, The Buried Giant. The oddness of Ishiguro’s story …

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If you believe women’s voices matter and stories by women deserve to be told, submit your fiction to Luna Station Quarterly. If you believe speculative fiction is an integral part of storytelling and that women occupy a unique role in the genre, submit your fiction to Luna Station Quarterly. We’re looking for speculative fiction written …

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Today I’m going to talk about Roleplay Stage Fright, which is surprisingly more common than I expected it to be. I mean, that’s basically what that anxiety feeling is when it’s put into context. There’s no stage, there’s no physical audience, but there’s no way your fingers are going to let you type out your …

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Happy Birthday, Ursula K. Le Guin! Perhaps you know her from her novel The Left Hand of Darkness (winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1969). Or maybe you’ve read The Dispossesed (winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1975). Maybe it’s her short story “The Ones who Walk Away From Omelas” (winner …

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