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Women of Futures Past anthology; going away for a bit

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.

Women of Futures Past, sample

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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.

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