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Lightspeed Magazine, June 2014: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue

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It could be said that women invented science fiction; after all, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is considered by many to be the first science fiction novel. Yet some readers seem to have this funny idea that women don’t, or can’t, write science fiction. Some have even gone so far as to accuse women of destroying science fiction with their girl cooties. So to help prove how si It could be said that women invented science fiction; after all, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is considered by many to be the first science fiction novel. Yet some readers seem to have this funny idea that women don’t, or can’t, write science fiction. Some have even gone so far as to accuse women of destroying science fiction with their girl cooties. So to help prove how silly that notion is, LIGHTSPEED's June 2014 issue is a Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue and has a guest editor at the helm. The issue features original fiction by Seanan McGuire, Charlie Jane Anders, N.K. Jemisin, Carrie Vaughn, Maria Dahvana Headley, Amal El-Mohtar, and many more. All together there's more than 180,000 words of material, including: 11 original short stories, 15 original flash fiction stories, 4 short story reprints and a novella reprint, 7 nonfiction articles, and 28 personal essays by women about their experiences reading and writing science fiction. Table of Contents FROM THE EDITORS Editorial, June 2014: Women Destroy Science Fiction! ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES — edited by Christie Yant Each to Each by Seanan McGuire A Word Shaped Like Bones by Kris Millering Cuts Both Ways by Heather Clitheroe Walking Awake by N.K. Jemisin The Case of the Passionless Bees by Rhonda Eikamp In the Image of Man by Gabriella Stalker The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick by Charlie Jane Anders Dim Sun by Maria Dahvana Headley The Lonely Sea in the Sky by Amal El-Mohtar A Burglary, Addressed By a Young Lady by Elizabeth Porter Birdsall Canth by K.C. Norton REPRINTS — selected by Rachel Swirsky Like Daughter by Tananarive Due Love is the Plan the Plan is Death by James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon) The Great Loneliness by Maria Romasco Moore Knapsack Poems by Eleanor Arnason The Cost to Be Wise by Maureen F. McHugh (novella) ORIGINAL FLASH FICTION — edited by Robyn Lupo Salvage by Carrie Vaughn A Guide to Grief by Emily Fox See DANGEROUS EARTH-POSSIBLES! by Tina Connolly A Debt Repaid by Marina J. Lostetter The Sewell Home for the Temporally Displaced by Sarah Pinsker #TrainFightTuesday by Vanessa Torline The Hymn of Ordeal, No. 23 by Rhiannon Rasmussen Emoticon by Anaid Perez The Mouths by Ellen Denham M1A by Kim Winternheimer Standard Deviant by Holly Schofield Getting on in Years by Cathy Humble Ro-Sham-Bot by Effie Seiberg Everything That Has Already Been Said by Samantha Murray The Lies We Tell Our Children by Katherine Crighton NONFICTION — edited by Wendy N. Wagner Artists Spotlight by Galen Dara Illusion, Expectation, and World Domination Through Bake Sales by Pat Murphy Women Remember by Mary Robinette Kowal Interview: Kelly Sue DeConnick by Jennifer Willis How to Engineer a Self-Rescuing Princess by Stina Leicht The Status Quo Cannot Hold by Tracie Welser Screaming Together: Making Women’s Voices Heard by Nisi Shawl PERSONAL ESSAYS — edited by Wendy N. Wagner We are the Fifty Percent by Rachel Swirsky Science Fiction: You’re Doin’ It Wrong by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff Join Us in the Future Marissa Lingen Are We There Yet? by Sheila Finch Not a Spaceship, Robot, or Zombie in Sight by Anne Charnock Writing Among the Beginning of Women by Amy Sterling Casil Toward a Better Future by Nancy Jane Moore We Are the Army of Women Destroying SF by Sandra Wickham Read SF and You’ve Got a Posse by Gail Marsella Stomp All Over That by O. J. Cade For the Trailblazers by Kristi Charish Women are the Future of Science Fiction by Juliette Wade We Have Always Fought by Kameron Hurley Writing Stories, Wrinkling Time by Kat Howard Where Are My SF Books? by DeAnna Knippling Reading the Library Alphabetically by Liz Argall Stepping Through a Portal by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam The Wendybird by Stina Leicht I Wanted to be the First Woman on the Moon by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley Never Think of Yourself as Less by Helena Bell An ABC of Kickass by Jude Griffin Stocking Stuffers by Anaea Lay Breaching the Gap by Brooke Bolander Women Who Are More Than Strong by Georgina Kamsika A Science-Fictional Woman by Cheryl Morgan Your Future is Out of Date, Pat Murphy Stray Outside the Lines by E. Catherine Tobler My Love Can Destroy by Seanan McGuire AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS — edited by Jude Griffin Seanan McGuire Kris Millering Heather Clitheroe N.K. Jemisin Rhonda Eikamp Tananarive Due Gabriella Stalker Charlie Jane Anders Maria Dahvana Headley Amal El-Mohtar Elizabeth Porter Birdsall K.C. Norton Eleanor Arnason Maria Romasco Moore Maureen McHugh


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It could be said that women invented science fiction; after all, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is considered by many to be the first science fiction novel. Yet some readers seem to have this funny idea that women don’t, or can’t, write science fiction. Some have even gone so far as to accuse women of destroying science fiction with their girl cooties. So to help prove how si It could be said that women invented science fiction; after all, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is considered by many to be the first science fiction novel. Yet some readers seem to have this funny idea that women don’t, or can’t, write science fiction. Some have even gone so far as to accuse women of destroying science fiction with their girl cooties. So to help prove how silly that notion is, LIGHTSPEED's June 2014 issue is a Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue and has a guest editor at the helm. The issue features original fiction by Seanan McGuire, Charlie Jane Anders, N.K. Jemisin, Carrie Vaughn, Maria Dahvana Headley, Amal El-Mohtar, and many more. All together there's more than 180,000 words of material, including: 11 original short stories, 15 original flash fiction stories, 4 short story reprints and a novella reprint, 7 nonfiction articles, and 28 personal essays by women about their experiences reading and writing science fiction. Table of Contents FROM THE EDITORS Editorial, June 2014: Women Destroy Science Fiction! ORIGINAL SHORT STORIES — edited by Christie Yant Each to Each by Seanan McGuire A Word Shaped Like Bones by Kris Millering Cuts Both Ways by Heather Clitheroe Walking Awake by N.K. Jemisin The Case of the Passionless Bees by Rhonda Eikamp In the Image of Man by Gabriella Stalker The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick by Charlie Jane Anders Dim Sun by Maria Dahvana Headley The Lonely Sea in the Sky by Amal El-Mohtar A Burglary, Addressed By a Young Lady by Elizabeth Porter Birdsall Canth by K.C. Norton REPRINTS — selected by Rachel Swirsky Like Daughter by Tananarive Due Love is the Plan the Plan is Death by James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon) The Great Loneliness by Maria Romasco Moore Knapsack Poems by Eleanor Arnason The Cost to Be Wise by Maureen F. McHugh (novella) ORIGINAL FLASH FICTION — edited by Robyn Lupo Salvage by Carrie Vaughn A Guide to Grief by Emily Fox See DANGEROUS EARTH-POSSIBLES! by Tina Connolly A Debt Repaid by Marina J. Lostetter The Sewell Home for the Temporally Displaced by Sarah Pinsker #TrainFightTuesday by Vanessa Torline The Hymn of Ordeal, No. 23 by Rhiannon Rasmussen Emoticon by Anaid Perez The Mouths by Ellen Denham M1A by Kim Winternheimer Standard Deviant by Holly Schofield Getting on in Years by Cathy Humble Ro-Sham-Bot by Effie Seiberg Everything That Has Already Been Said by Samantha Murray The Lies We Tell Our Children by Katherine Crighton NONFICTION — edited by Wendy N. Wagner Artists Spotlight by Galen Dara Illusion, Expectation, and World Domination Through Bake Sales by Pat Murphy Women Remember by Mary Robinette Kowal Interview: Kelly Sue DeConnick by Jennifer Willis How to Engineer a Self-Rescuing Princess by Stina Leicht The Status Quo Cannot Hold by Tracie Welser Screaming Together: Making Women’s Voices Heard by Nisi Shawl PERSONAL ESSAYS — edited by Wendy N. Wagner We are the Fifty Percent by Rachel Swirsky Science Fiction: You’re Doin’ It Wrong by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff Join Us in the Future Marissa Lingen Are We There Yet? by Sheila Finch Not a Spaceship, Robot, or Zombie in Sight by Anne Charnock Writing Among the Beginning of Women by Amy Sterling Casil Toward a Better Future by Nancy Jane Moore We Are the Army of Women Destroying SF by Sandra Wickham Read SF and You’ve Got a Posse by Gail Marsella Stomp All Over That by O. J. Cade For the Trailblazers by Kristi Charish Women are the Future of Science Fiction by Juliette Wade We Have Always Fought by Kameron Hurley Writing Stories, Wrinkling Time by Kat Howard Where Are My SF Books? by DeAnna Knippling Reading the Library Alphabetically by Liz Argall Stepping Through a Portal by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam The Wendybird by Stina Leicht I Wanted to be the First Woman on the Moon by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley Never Think of Yourself as Less by Helena Bell An ABC of Kickass by Jude Griffin Stocking Stuffers by Anaea Lay Breaching the Gap by Brooke Bolander Women Who Are More Than Strong by Georgina Kamsika A Science-Fictional Woman by Cheryl Morgan Your Future is Out of Date, Pat Murphy Stray Outside the Lines by E. Catherine Tobler My Love Can Destroy by Seanan McGuire AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS — edited by Jude Griffin Seanan McGuire Kris Millering Heather Clitheroe N.K. Jemisin Rhonda Eikamp Tananarive Due Gabriella Stalker Charlie Jane Anders Maria Dahvana Headley Amal El-Mohtar Elizabeth Porter Birdsall K.C. Norton Eleanor Arnason Maria Romasco Moore Maureen McHugh

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