The Mars 160 Program

By Anastasia Stepanova (translated from Russian) … And here we are flying over the uninhabited island of Devon and we observe a strange picture: in the distance below, a few white points swish. Common sense suggests: these are the most dangerous inhabitants of the Arctic – polar bears. But the closer the plane to the middle of the […]

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Octavia’s Daughters: Meet the New Queens of Spec Fic

By Susan Defreitas The Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, highfalutin’ literary author though he may be, has famously mourned the fact that there will be no more Octavia Butler books. The iconic Black author, who won both a PEN Lifetime Achievement Award and a MacArthur “Genius” grant—not to mention the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Locus—died in 2006, leaving […]

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The Importance of Diversity in Libraries

By Karen Jensen

On posts, in tweets, and in my mailbox, one of the questions we – TLT – get asked a lot is “What about the conservatives?” Because we post regularly about GLBTQAI+ literature, talk about advocacy, etc., some are left with the impression that we do not care about meeting the needs of the more conservative parts of our population, which is in no way true. This question came up multiple times regarding my recent series of posts on doing a collection diversity audit.

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10 Notorious Female Outlaws From the Wild West

By Skylar Gibby-Brown

1. Pearl Hart

Born in Lindsay, Canada in 1871, Hart attended an exclusive school. However, she enjoyed adventuring more than school work. At age seventeen, Pearl eloped to Chicago with gambler, Frederick Hart. But, Frederick was abusive and Hart left him at age Twenty-two. She made her way to Arizona where she met miner, Joe Boot. When Boot couldn’t make enough dough from mining, the lovers turned to robbery. They developed a routine where Hart would lure a man into her room, and, once through the door, Boot would whack the unsuspecting gentleman on the head and rob him. However, this play was risky and the couple were almost caught on several occasions. In 1899, Hart developed a plan to rob a stagecoach. More money, less risk.

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#SpecWomenChat Podcast Episode 1: Women in Speculative Fiction

Welcome to our first live #SpecWomenChat Podcast!  In this monthly show, a panel of both indie and traditionally-published women speculative fiction authors will discuss issues about all things fantasy, science fiction, and issues of interest to women in the field.  Some of us you’ll have heard of, others will be new discoveries for many, but all of us are SFF authors.

Our first panel topic was “Women in Speculative Fiction,” where we discussed what inspired the hashtag, and what issues specifically face women in the SFF field.  Our first panelists were:

  • Cat Rambo, current President of the SFWA, shortlisted for the Endeavour Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula Award
  • Nancy Jane Moore, author of the science fiction novel, The Weave; the novellas Changeling and Ardent Forest; and the collections Conscientious Inconsistencies, Flashes of Illumination, and Walking Contradiction and Other Futures.
  • Katie Phillips (who writes under pen name Karis Waters), developmental fiction editor and writing coach specializing in empowering women writing spec fiction, managing editor of indie publisher Crosshair Press, creator of the #SpecWomenChat hashtag.

Scheduled to appear (but didn’t make it): Laura J. Mixon writes about the impact of technology and environmental changes on personal identity and social structures. Her work has been the focus of academic studies on the intersection of technology, feminism, and gender. Under the pen name Morgan J. Locke, she is one of the writers for the group blog Eat Our Brains.  (Hugo Award Winner for Best Fan Writer 2015).

Show Notes:

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A Note: The automatic Closed Captioning is terrible. I’m working to fix it but it will take a few days. Please be patient with me, thanks!

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