Dangerous Women

After the exhilaration brought on by the massive Women’s March, I found it both amusing and infuriating to browse through these

Postcards warning men about the dangers of women’s rights

They were put together by Tara McGinley who wrote: “Here’s a collection of totally ridiculous vintage postcards and posters dated from around 1900 to 1914 warning men of the dangers associated with the suffragette movement and of allowing women to think for themselves.”

postcards posterExcept for the clothes, I am not entirely sure that things have changed all that much.

See more postcards at Dangerous Minds website HERE

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HORIZONS MURALFeature image: detail from “Horizons” a mural by Robert McCall.

I always remain astonished at the disdain in which the literature of the future has always been held by the here and now.

It’s just so easy to wave a hand and close the door on the science fiction ghetto. 

Sometimes I think that the ‘real’ writers are so afraid of how they’ll be shown up by us genre folks that they’d rather just not compete at all and fondly imagine that keeping the gates locked will keep the cooties away. But I have news for them. it’s in HERE that the future lives. The fences and the locks and the keys…keepg THEM out, not US in. We’re already out there among the stars. Have the literati considered the possibility that it is around THEM, rather than us, that the locked gates and the iron bars really are…?

While I am better known for my fantasy than my science fiction (I sometimes combine the two), I believe that if anything, the sheer vision required to create ANY future from scratch should be a feature of literature, not the bug.

Here are two links to relevant articles well worth you time.

Why science fiction authors can’t win HERE

Building a Better Definition of Science Fiction HERE

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Andrew Hilleman offers

10 Great Westerns You’ve Never Read

My husband, who cut his teeth on westerns, has read a couple of these and urged this link on me. He is still haunted by ‘The Ox-Bow Incident‘, an exploration of mob rule that still echoes harshly for us even today.

Read all of Hilleman’s picks at the PW website HERE

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Surprise! Children’s Books Figured Out Life Long Ago

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There’s a reason certain children’s books stay with you long after you’ve left elementary school, Crafty House tells us. “Deceptively simple, such evergreen stories absolutely brim with meaning and insight, serving to remind the reader of the most basic but vital lessons in life.”

 
See all the quotes at Crafty House HERE

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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein

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What’s wrong with SF authors?

Just why are these writers shunned?

Science fiction authors have long been outcasts from the literary world, John Howell writes at galacticbrain.com, sometimes attacked by their own.

He quotes Margaret Atwood ‘s mocking remarks several years ago: ‘Science fiction is rockets, chemicals and talking squids in outer space,’ noting that it was just one of her many attempts to convince people that she is not a science fiction author, “even though one of her most famous novels, A Handmaid’s Tale, is exactly that.”

author illustrationPersonally, the distain for the literature-of-the-future by the here-and-now crowd has always astonished me. If anything, the sheer vision required to create ANY future from scratch – yes, even the squid in outer space! or The Handmaid’s Tale – should be a feature of modern literature, not the bug.

But it’s just so easy to wave a hand and close the door on the SF ghetto. Sometimes I think that the “real” writers are so afraid of how they’ll be shown up by us genre folks that they’d rather just not compete at all and fondly imagine that by keeping the gates locked will keep the cooties away.

But I have news for them. it’s HERE in the ghetto that the future lives. The fences and the locks and the keys…they’re keeping THEM out, not US in. Because we’re already out there amongst the stars. Have the literati considered the possibility that it is around THEM, rather than us, that the locked gates and the iron bars really are…?

I’ll get off my soapbox now. You can read more of John Howell ‘s take on this at galacticbrain.com HERE

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In a story at Bookriot headlined

Recommendations From an Unexcitable Reader

Sarah Nicolasan talks about eight books that actually do excite her, including ‘The Shifter‘.

That caught my attention since the last book in my series, The Were Chronickes, is called ‘Shifter‘. Alas, similar name but different book.

The Shifter‘ is by Janice Hardy and it sounds like something I might like myself as it involves “a young girl with a pretty messed up power. She can heal someone, but she must then push their pain into someone else.

The other recommendations by Sarah Nicolasan can be found at Bookriot HERE

For my own ‘Shifter’, a book which has excited readers and reviewers, go HERE

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The 25 Best Quotes About Authors

Happy National Author’s Day! Well, actually you missed it. It was yesterday, November 1 but don’t let stop you from celebrating,

If you listen to my mother, writing is an affliction. When I would go off into my own little worlds she would call it being under the influence of my ‘writing virus’. But it is a syndrome that I have never really wanted to recover from, though.

Perhaps my favorite of this selection is a quote from David Gerrold — “Writers build their own realities, move into them and occasionally send letters home.
Writers are People illustrationSee all the quotes at writerswrite HERE

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Tuck Everlasting author Natalie Babbitt dies at 84

Tuck Everlasting authorNatalie Babbitt. Photograph: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Babbitt wrote and illustrated dozens of books, but was best known for ‘Tuck Everlasting‘, the 1975 novel which has sold over 3.5m copies. 

It explores the concept of immortality and has been adapted into two movies and a Broadway play.

Read more at The Guardian HERE

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