Women Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo Award-nominated magazine LIGHTSPEED entirely written—and edited—by women.
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It could be said that women invented science fiction; after all, Mary Shelley wrote what is considered by many to be the first science fiction novel (Frankenstein). Yet some readers seem to have this funny idea that women don’t—or can’t—write science fiction. Some have even gone so far as to accuse women of destroying science fiction with their girl cooties. So to help prove how silly that notion is, LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE's June 2014 issue—our fourth anniversary issue—will be a Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue. And we will also—for the first time in LIGHTSPEED's history—have a guest editor at the helm.
The original announcement of this special issue generated so much excitement that we wanted to find ways to include even more amazing science fiction by women. So—with your help—we’re going to make the special issue twice the size of a normal issue of LIGHTSPEED.
Women aren’t writing “real” science fiction, the fallacy goes. “Real” science fiction is … whatever science fiction certain men like. Some days this makes us sad. Some days it makes us angry. And some days it just seems hilarious…and a quip on Twitter turns into a special issue of LIGHTSPEED in the space of roughly half an hour.
When we announced the Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue in September, the response was immediate and overwhelming. All people had was a title and an email address, but the enthusiasm was boundless. The special “I Want to Destroy SF” inbox we setup filled with subject lines like:
- Helping my sisters destroy science fiction since 1983
- I CAN HAZ DESTROY?
- If anyone’s going to destroy SFF—
- Please sir, may I destroy science fiction?
Why, yes. Yes, you may.
LIGHTSPEED was founded on the core idea that all science fiction is real science fiction. The whole point of this magazine is that science fiction is vast. It is inclusive. Science fiction is about people (roughly 50% of whom are women), just as much as it’s about ideas. Science fiction is about us, our perils and our promise; it’s about our collective future. LIGHTSPEED has also been committed to gender parity from the beginning, and we have achieved it consistently for nearly four years now. But looking around at media at large, it’s clearly just not enough—and thus the Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue was born.
Science Fiction on the bookshelf of barnsburntdownnow
This is my victory feast atop the disemboweled corpses of my midterms.
The books are amazing. As LoA guarantees great printing quality and durable hardbacks, I am absolutely ecstatic about the dust jacket design and the novels themselves. All nine of them have been written between 1953 and 1958. I saw them before only as yellow-paged paperbacks from the 80s.