Women Destroy Science Fiction …

Copyright 2014 by Paula S. Jordan

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

Ursula K. LeGuin

Ursula K. LeGuin

Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler







Oh really.

John Joseph Adams, editor and publisher of Lightspeed Magazine, refused to let that silly notion slide by without a response. On its fourth anniversary of publishing science fiction that’s as much about people as about ideas, with a firm commitment to gender parity, Lightspeed Magazine will publish a very special issue as its June 2014 edition, with an all-woman team of guest publishers, staff and authors. The title? You guessed it — Women Destroy Science Fiction.

Julie Czerneda

Julie Czerneda

Alice B. Sheldon (James Tiptree Jr.)

Alice B. Sheldon
(James Tiptree Jr.)

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

The Kickstarter for the project? It blew over the target so far that the special issue will be a double and there will be two more Women Destroy issues as well: a special issue of Nightmare Magazine, Women Destroy Horror, and a special issue of Fantasy Magazine, Women Destroy Fantasy!

I often hear about neat things too late to do anything about them, but I found out about this one just in time. You can still submit a story, if you really hurry: deadline’s tonight, February 14, at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time. You can get in on the Kickstarter till tomorrow night, February 15, at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time.


Thank you, John Joseph Adams. You are a gentleman and a scholar.


And thank you one and all to the women who create science fiction, past, present, and to come.

Photo Credits:

ShelleyLeGuinButlerCzerneda,   SheldonAtwood

About Paula S. Jordan

Paula S. Jordan is an Analog writer, former orbit analyst, and a blogger, with a an alien contact novel in third draft. It’s all her dad’s fault: giving her that science fiction book at seven years old!

5 thoughts on “Women Destroy Science Fiction …

  1. I must have been pretty sleepy the other night when I “polished” this post for publication.

    I managed to “polish” out the context of the original (largely male) complaint: that “women writers destroy science fiction,”–i.e.: threaten the kind of science fiction that they, the complainers, want to read–simply by writing it from our female perspective.

    Don’t know about you, but I’m taking that as a compliment. Takes some pretty powerful writers to change a whole genre!

    The response of women writers, and a theme of John Joseph Adams’s Lightspeed Magazine from its outset, is that science fiction is all inclusive, with room for every viewpoint and life experience. And that, by the way, the genre would benefit from the addition of a fair share of female authorial DNA.

    Hence the special editions, taking ownership in their titles of the accusation that inspired. them.

  2. It’s been wonderful watching this project, and the kickstarter go from an idea to massive funding. In those last few days, the funding exploded, I guess the editors should have come up with another stretch goal?

    I’m not sure if it’s Lightspeed who will be doing it, but I’ve seen a few tweets that “Queers Destroy Science Fiction” is in the making too.

    Pretty. Damn. Cool.

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