March 30th, 2007


Women in SF (Esp. Last year)

Okay, I've heard repeated complaints about the lack of women authors represented in the fiction Hugo Award nominees this year, but so far the two attempts I've made to get people to list what they think ought to have been on there have failed (though I've seen a couple other people mention Farthing, by Jo walton). So please either point me to someplace else where this discussion is happening, or tell me here: What fiction (of any length) would (or did) you nominate by a female author from last year that should have made the ballot?

I read very little new material last year, though I know names I would have looked for include Elizabeth Bear, Naomi Novik, Jo Walton, Justine Larbalestier, Nancy Kress, Kage Baker, Nalo Hopkinson, Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, and Liz Williamson. (I have great respect for Connie Willis, but lately her stories all feel so much like her other stories that I find myself disappointed.)

This year we have something new from Emma Bull to look forward to, and I've been waiting for years for Water Logic by Laurie Marks. Sarah Monette has The Mirador coming. Who else are you watching or waiting for with great anticipation?

PS Does anyone know if my supposition that women authors are more likely to put forth multivolume series (which I think by their nature stand less chance of getting recognized for awards) is true?

Women in sf, continued (focusing on stories, etc, not novels)

I've seen coffeem voice a similar query to mine as to what else people would have nominated this year (though hers is not gender specific). A lot of people have been asking why there were so few women with work on the ballot this year (that is, only 1). Since I had them, I just looked through most of the F&SF tables of contents for 2006. I would guess, from a quick scan, that fewer than one in five of its stories were by women. (Often there was one per issue.)

In January there was a short story called "Horse-Year Women" by Michaela Roessner. The Feb 2006 issue had a novelette called "Boon," by Madeleine E. Robins. May had a novelette called Journey into the Kingdom by M. (Mary) Rickert. July had a decent short story by Heather Lindsley called "Just Do It".

And so on. Were the female writers going elsewhere? Starting with #4, Subterranean Magazine started having a larger female contingent of authors than it had before. Strange Horizons ran more stories by women than by men. Asimov's introduced new writers Ruth Nestvold, Karen Jordan Allen, and carried stories by Susan Forest, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Pamela Sargent, Carol Emshwiller, and others, but still with a ratio of about 1 in 6 stories by women, I'm estimating.

I would look at Analog, but I should go to bed and the Dell ebooks site is too annoying anyway...

(suddenly remembers old half-formed plans to create an index of sf short fiction and where to find it and chases herself to bed before she starts thinking about that again)