Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Old Women of SF

This is a place holder for longer thoughts later - right now I don't want to lose the link.

Athena Andreadis has a an article in Skiffy and Fanty titled "Where are the wise crones in science fiction?"

I think it has some excellent points about the youth-worship of SF and fantasy.  (When I was a teen, I adored all manner of spunky-girl-against-the-world stories.  Now, not so much.) She goes on some directions I think are sideways to the main point, but it's still an interesting read.

However, I find two things far more interesting - first, that as a blow against the lack of older women in SF, she posts a fantasy story (which has always had more old women, although generally cast as the dangerous villain) and secondly, that (unless I completely missed it) she avoids all mention of Gordon R Dickson, The Spirit of Dorsia, and Amanda Morgan.  Which is...puzzling.


Tully said...

Older women mid-listers in all parts of publishing have been being shunned by their publishers for most of a decade now. Only the best-sellers seem to be able to hold on.

Kerani said...

Hey Tully -

I'm not disagreeing with you, but my question was more about *characters* than authors.