I don’t usually mention books that have just come out or are coming out, but this is one that I feel is a must read for anyone who wants to write space opera or already is.
Edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Women of Futures Past is a collection of various science fiction writers, all of them women, and with a broader view than most. I already owe Kris Rusch for mentioning Leigh Brackett in at least a couple of blog posts, making me intensely curious about the writer of “The Empire Strikes Back,” my favorite Star Wars movie. Now, I have Zenna Henderson to add to that list of wonderful writers I’ve never heard of.
The link to the sample is below. It includes not only a short story by the aforementioned Henderson, but an essay by Kris Rusch about why she did this in the first place. It’s a vital essay for anyone wondering why, if even were so prolific in SF in the twentieth century, none of their stories seemed to show up. I highly recommend, even if you don’t end up buying, that you at least read the essay. It’s changed my entire view of my first genre.
With possibly the exception of Friday updates, I’m going to be away from the blog for a while. A deadline is coming up and I have to focus. Not even sure I’ll be able to upload the rest like I’d hoped. We’ll see. I may have to keep what I have as an excerpt.
Next announcement will probably be regarding the cover for The Castle in the Story, which is almost done. The cover. Not the editing.