My guest post on the gender gap in science fiction posted on the LibraryJournal SELF-e blog today, just as Iron Man 3 co-writer Shane Black revealed that Marvel's corporate interests forced him to change the gender of the movie's villain to sell more toys. According to Black, the original script featured a female version of antagonist Aldrich Killian, … Continue reading The Invisible Woman: Sexual Segregation in Sci-Fi
Pull out your calendar, because you've got a date with me this Thursday at 3PM EST. If you haven't heard of LibraryJournal's (LJ) SELF-e platform, you're missing out: it's a terrific effort to get more self-published books launched into libraries. Blue Karma won the LJ Self-Publishing Award for the science fiction genre last year, so I've … Continue reading This Thursday: live Twitter chat with me and Self-E!
I thought this T5W topic would be easy. I've always identified strongly with fictional characters, and over the years I've allied myself with almost every gutsy heroine whoever butt-kicked her way through a novel. But upon considering the subtleties of this week's challenge, I realized that few of those characters are comprehensively similar to me. Katniss … Continue reading Top 5 Wednesday: Characters Most Like Me
Okay. Rant time. Remember when Blue Karma won some indie publishing awards late last year? One of the granting organizations just published interviews with the winning authors. Awesome, right? Except for one thing: "[We] recently caught up with author J.K. Ullrich, whose book Blue Karma won the science fiction category. You can click the link below to visit [our] website and read more about his winning … Continue reading Gender and Genre: Female Sci-Fi Authors are NOT an Alien Species
The new year brought zombies down upon us. My Laddie, desperate to fill the void left by finishing Fallout 4, started playing Dying Light and scampers off to his computer after dinner, chanting “zombies, zombies, zombies!” My monsters are pagebound, re-animated only in my imagination: after letting it languish on my reading list for years, … Continue reading Recent Reads: World War Z