The Beautiful Scientist Problem, Pt II: Three Tips for Writing “Strong” Female Characters

In the first post in this series, we discussed subjectivity and objectification when describing female characters. But "beautiful" isn't the only contentious adjective frequently applied to them. Lots of readers claim to love “strong” heroines; what does this actually mean? As a kid in the 90s, I caught the leading edge of the "more strong heroines!" … Continue reading The Beautiful Scientist Problem, Pt II: Three Tips for Writing “Strong” Female Characters

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Sci-Fi’s Glass Ceiling: A Guest Post Every Fan Should Read

Fantasy author Intisar Khanani featured a great guest post on her website this week, in which SFF author Anela Deen examines the challenges female sci-fi writers face in creative circles. The incisive piece really hit home for me. Although compelled to respond, I don't have a Disqus account and my remarks are unreasonably lengthy for website comments, so … Continue reading Sci-Fi’s Glass Ceiling: A Guest Post Every Fan Should Read

Recent Reads: “Rendezvous with Rama” by Arthur C. Clarke

“Seriously?” I deadpanned, startling my Laddie from his bedtime Kindle doze. My own e-reader cast its moonbeam light on my pillow, emanating a serenity I didn’t share. “We finally get a female character and the first thing they talk about is her breasts?” This irritating discovery wasn’t completely unexpected. When I began a personal initiative … Continue reading Recent Reads: “Rendezvous with Rama” by Arthur C. Clarke