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I was asked to guest blog the recent discussion on the feminism in SF issue over at Hoyden About Town and the piece went up today.

Nicely timed to go with the announcement of the shortlist of the 2009 Campbell Award for SF novels:

* City at the End of Time, Greg Bear (Del Rey)
* Valley of Day-Glo, Nick Di Chario (Robert J. Sawyer Books)
* Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
* Song of Time, Ian MacLeod, (PS Publishing)
* The Philosopher's Apprentice, James Morrow (William Morrow)
* Anathem, Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)

You'll note there are no women on this list at all.

Did you enjoy a novel this last year in SF written by a woman?


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catsparx
Jun. 11th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Two off the top of my head: Margo's Tender Morsels and Kim Westwood's Daughters of Moab
girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Tender Morsels isn't science fiction though. Haven't read Daughters of Moab, though I think it was SF?
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exp_err
Jun. 11th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Yes, but not as much as I enjoyed Anathem.

I'm pleased to see The Philosopher's Apprentice on the list - I have it on my "to read" shelf, but some of my enthusiasm had worn off since I bought it - now I am looking forward to it again.
benpeek
Jun. 11th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
everyone knows chicks don't write sci fi
girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
*yawn*
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emma_in_oz
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
BTW: If I were a small press person I would try very hard to do some magnificent work on race/class/sex/sexuality this year as 2010 is the inaugeral Norma K Hemming award.
girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
New Ceres Nights does a good bash. Horn does too :)

And even Shiny 5 has something a little different for the YA reader.
catsparx
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
I should have got a photo credit!
girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Oops - you should have! Will correct.
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dmw
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Julie Czerneda had one or two...

As I glance at the recent history of the Campbell, another thing that strikes me is that this is a very short list.
girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
It is a very short list. It's shorter than the short fiction one, too.
mikandra
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
I enjoy the SF written by Lois McMaster Bujold and C.J. Cherryh. I also read Sandra McDonald. I'm about to start on Marianne de Pierres. Don't forget Maxine Macarthur (which I enjoyed) and Elizabeth Moon (which I'm yet to read). All these definitely SF. I also noticed that a lot of the SF I've enjoyed lately is written by men (John Scalzi, Greg Bear, Sean Williams). I think the long and short of it is that more men than women write SF. I would love to be proven wrong here, and I would love even more to do something about it. Until then, though...
badgerbag
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Please do add to this list of award-eligible women writers in speculative fiction for 2009, and pass it around so that people are aware of the possibilities!

I enjoyed your guest post over there at Hoyden! 8-)



girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! And welcome to my blog!

I will have a much closer look at the list later on and add what I can - many thanks for the direction.
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editormum
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Lois McMaster Bujold, Tanya Huff, Elizabeth Moon, JD Robb (well, it's science fiction!). But looking back on my books read for this year, that's all I can claim.
neleh13
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
There are of course lots - as dmw says, Julie Czerneda, for starters, also I'm sure Kress had something out last year. Gwyneth Jones (tho maybe Spirit is this year so not yet eligible) - L. Timmel Duchamp for _Blood in the fruit_ and _Stretto_, both from the Marq'ssan cycle (see http://www.aqueductpress.com/) and etc.

Have a look here for some good stats: http://www.broaduniverse.org/stats.html
from 2007 percentage of women authors of forthcoming and books received in locus range from about 39-41%; membership in SFWA about the same. So certainly the numbers of women are steadily increasing - not at half way point yet, but the point is that the awards in particular seem to be slow in showing this change in the field. Must find that piece by Le Guin which talks about numbers of women winning awards!
girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
Wow those stats are really interesting.

Cause from those, the only correlation is the percentage of editors :) The number of women writers increases.
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bluetyson
Jun. 11th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Not much. Not in the sense of award-worthiness.

The only one I'd fit in here as Bear and Bull's Refining Fire. So depending what you want to call that.

Kay Kenyon's A World Too Near was decent.

One great Kress collection, a couple of decent others.

mondyboy
Jun. 11th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
You know... it's sad to say... but I'm struggling to remember reading a book (a novel) this year that was by a female, let alone SF. I think it would be patronising of me to feel guilty and ashamed of this.

Last year I read kage Baker's very good forst Company novel (which she wrote about 10 years ago). Baker was nominated in 1999 - a year where four out of the five nominees were female! And to be fair to the Campbells, I think this year nomination list an anamoly - especially compared to previous year.
girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
I don't think you have to feel guilty or ashamed. Just aware.
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taliehelene
Jun. 11th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
I've devoured a couple of Caitlin Kiernan tomes in the last 12 months, and some Kim Wilkins novels - albeit none of which are recent enough to be nominated for anything - Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands & Teeth is a notable bit of literary horror...
strangedave
Jun. 11th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
But then, look at the Ditmars! 7 categories to women, 3 to men, one tied.
girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
That is interesting - especially since most of the categories shortlists were still heavily male.
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ex_benpayne119
Jun. 11th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
No. :-)
girliejones
Jun. 11th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
Peek, you already said that :P

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