This isn’t a definitive list of women of color in film. This isn’t a “best of” list, or a list of the most complicated or progressive characters in science-fiction or fantasy. This is simply a list of women of color in science-fiction and fantasy films. I tried to make it as full as possible, but ultimately had to decide on some parameters. Continue reading
I had been meaning to check out Lois McMaster Bujold’s sci-fi novels for a couple of years (because I really enjoyed her Sharing Knife fantasy series), but my local libraries and bookstores never had the straight-run of her popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. As a slightly off-topic aside: nothing puts me off a writer or a series quicker than a library not holding one/several of the books in a series for no apparent reason (yeah yeah, stolen or lost… but you can replace it eventually, you cheapskates). My current library system is fantastic, however, and I can generally request and receive an interlibrary loan of any book (except for the newest and shiniest of the new releases). Falling Free is the first novel in the internal chronology of the Vorkosigan Saga, and I’m pleased I took the time to track down a copy. Continue reading
I wanted to write reviews of science fiction written by women, and I thought I’d start off with a classic. Anne McCaffrey’s The Ship Who Sang is extremely readable sci-fi. It is perhaps a bit light on the science; this may be a good thing, since what science it does have is a little dated and as a result just a touch distracting. It has just enough technical detail to believably build the far-off-future world of the story and permit the (currently) impossible. If you’re iffy on sci-fi, this may be a good starter novel, since it is mostly focused on characters and their stories. Continue reading
The world continues to be a horrible place this week. Let’s keep fighting the good fight, ladies! (Trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Continue reading
Greetings, one and all. Shall we take a stroll through a few internet neighborhoods and see what’s been happening in Ladyblogland? This week’s feminist dispatches center around our entertainment.
Essentially, Chronicle is a movie about three dudes in high school who get superpowers. These dudes aren’t particularly close friends prior to a strange, underground organism giving them telekinesis. Their friendship blossoms out of the unique experience. Seriously though, when with a tiny group of people, and some ridiculous shit goes down that group can’t really tell everyone about? Bonds tend to form.
Cube is a 1997 horror/sci-fi/surreal/thriller/mind trip Canadian movie. It was inspired by a Twilight Zone episode called “5 Characters in Search of an Exit,” which itself references Luigi Pirandello’s play, Six Characters in Search of an Author. And it was weird.
Technically, the movie opens with a gruesome death, but the real meat of the story starts when five characters wake up in a cube. They don’t know how they got there, or why they’re there at all, but they’re there. Each side of the cube has a vault-like door, leading to another cube. Some cubes are booby-trapped in gruesome, Saw-esque ways. Other cubes are safe. The characters must find a way out of the cubes without dying. Continue reading
SPOILER ALERT: This post reveals plot details about various genre TV shows and films including Angel (seasons two and four), Charmed (seasons four and on), and the most current episodes of Doctor Who (as aired in the UK). You’ve been warned.
It was another record setting night for votes, and both races were so close I didn’t know who was going to win until the last possible minute. Tonight we’ll vote in the final Sweet Sixteen battle, then tomorrow at this time I’ll reveal the Elite Eight. Continue reading
We’re well over halfway done with Middlemarch Madness. We’ve trimmed 48 brave, wonderful, badass women and young women from our original field, and now we’re down to the final sixteen contenders. They’ll face off next week, with two poll questions per day instead of our usual four. Continue reading
Tonight we’ll decide the final four ladies who are moving on to the Sweet Sixteen, and it looks like it’s going to be another tough vote. Last night, we again beat our top number of voters, so I’m tickled that there are more and more of you coming out to support your favorite fictional ladies. Continue reading
Persephoneers, I kind of don’t want to tell some of you how last night’s vote turned out. I am totally typing this while wearing a suit of bubble wrap, because I am afraid of how the results are going to go over. Remember, dear Persephoneers, there’s always next year. Also, killing the messenger is so cliche.
Without further ado, let’s get on with it. As soon as I put on this goalie mask.
In YA Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia, Lyra (53%) defeats Eowyn (47%).
In YA Fiction, Harriet (55%) beats Ramona (45%).
In Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia, Vivianne (66%) defeats Susan Sto Helit (34%).
In Adult Fiction, Kate (68%) beats Celie (32%), and I just don’t even.
The New Bracket
The New Poll
Here we are again, ready to add four new literary badasses into the Sweet Sixteen. Once again, I don’t think there will be any surprises, but some of the races were closer than I expected. Click on to find out last night’s winners and meet tonight’s batch of contestants. Continue reading
We got so many votes this weekend! Everyone came out to pick their favorites, which is fantastic, even though most of you had the same favorites. As expected, there were few surprises among the ones v. sixteens, but you can see the results after the break anyway. Continue reading