Saturday morning (and I'm mirroring this from my Wordpress blog), and that means it's high time for your weekly links. Most of these were gathered via Twitter, because I follow some fabulous people over there, and they keep finding and doing wonderful things.
A.C. Wise's monthly post for SF Signal on women to read in SFF
is filled with some great recommendations. This post is part of a series, so if you want more recommendations, you'll be able to find them in the related posts links under the article.
Jim C. Hines is calling for guest posters to write on representation in SFF
, so if you think you fit the criteria, you should definitely try and submit something. He's already run a previous series of posts on this subject, which were collected as an ebook
, the sales of which have gone to support the Carl Brandon Society's Con or Bust programme. The call for guest posts runs until today, so get in now if you want to be included.
I'm really looking forward to Aliette de Bodard's new Xuya short story. She's posted an excerpt on her blog
by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz about the struggles people face when trying to speak up (or even speak at all) is powerful and important.
Kate Elliott's short-story collection The Very Best of Kate Elliott
is out on the 10th February. She's been blogging up a storm recently. I particularly appreciated her guest post at The Book Smugglers on self-rejection and the courage tosay yes
Also from Kate Elliott, 'An Illustrated Love Letter to Smart Bitches and Trashy Books'
, which does exactly what it says on the tin. I'm not a regular reader of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (which recently celebrated its tenth birthday), but I am a firm believer in unapoletically loving the things you love, and not shaming other people for their fannish choices, so this resonated with me a lot.
This guest post on Ladybusiness
is full of great short-fiction recommendations that I will definitely be checking out.
Finally, I went on a bit of a Twitter spree about cultish behaviour and abuse dynamics in fandom. These tweets should be considered the preliminary stage of a more detailed post that I've been thinking about for a while. Charles Tan
was kind enough to collect my tweets together on Storify
Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy Armenian teenager Vika Ogannesyan singing 'Plava Laguna' (the opera song from The Fifth Element)