Hugo Awards Too Manly? Try the WisCon Awards

0 Posted by - March 29, 2007 - Blog

Two thumbs down for the World Science Fiction Society. This year’s Hugo Award nominations, traditionally considered one of the most prestigious awards for science fiction writing, have been released and a mere 2 out of 25 nominees for written work are women. This is not the first time Hugo nominations have been mostly men.

There is, however, WisCon, a huge international convention about feminist science fiction. WisCon, started in 1977, celebrates, debates, and discusses ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class in the world of science fiction. WisCon honors writers, editors and artists whose work explores these themes and whose voices have opened new territory.

This year’s convention is in Madison, Wisconsin, May 25-28. To register or for more information go here.

And if there is any lingering doubt about who is producing science fiction work, there is the Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy and Utopia website, an archive and database of women contributors to the genre. And there is wikipedia. And there are books on the subject, for instance Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (2006) edited by Justine Lardbalestier, a collection of 11 stories and 11 essays.

Another fun stop might be the Feminist Science Fiction Blog Carnivals, gatherings of bloggers dedicated to feminist science fiction. Their 12th Annual Blog Carnival can be found here. Links to their archives and everything you might want to know about the Carnivals can be found here. And, if you would like to participate in the 13th Annual Feminist Science Fiction Blog Carnival, the deadline for submissions is March 29. Go here for more info.

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