First Mary Sue? First SciFi?
... the Thrice Noble, Illustrious, and Excellent Princesse, The Duchess of Newcastle publishes a book that has been called the first example of science fiction and the first occurrence of the Mary Sue trope. Its full title is The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World and while I don't exactly recommend reading it, you should know about…Read More »
The Feel Good Bar and Grill A Book About Robots You Can Color
You guys! I made my first book! It’s called The Feel Good Bar and Grill and you can color it if you want! From my Book Baby page: The Feel Good Bar and Grill is a fictional, illustrated story for all ages about a robot named Lina who builds a restaurant on the moon Enceladus. The Feel Good Bar and…Read More »
July Book Club Pick: Shrill by Lindy West
This month, we will be reading Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West. I’ve been following her writing for years and so I know I’m going to like this book just as much as everything else. (If I had her talent for words, I could think of something better to say than “this sounds awesome!”) Just to get you…Read More »
Being a Redshirt on a Bad Sci-fi Show
What if your only purpose in life was to serve as an expendable target? Not only that, what if the only reason that you were alive was to die on a bad sci-fi TV show? That’s the question asked in the darkly comical book Redshirts by John Scalzi, for this month’s Skepchick Book Club. The premise of the book is that…Read More »
Shakespeare in the Time of the Apocalypse
A popular question in fiction is, what would the world look like if society collapsed? Whether it’s through war, disease, famine, alien destruction, it all goes back to human nature. What happens to the survivors? Is Hell really other people, as the saying goes, or is Hell something else entirely? Also, what skills are valuable in the new post-apocalyptic world?…Read More »
Shrill by Lindy West
It’s true that you don’t really know what it feels like to be targeted with the nonstop deluge of obsessive online harassment until it happens to you. How it seeps into your life, how it is real life. It has happened to me. It has happened to other women who write for this blog and it’s also happened to Lindy…Read More »
Carrie Buck’s Forced Sterilization and the History of Eugenics in the US
This month for the Skepchick Book Club, we read Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen. The book covered the tale of Carrie Buck, a woman who had been diagnosed as “feebleminded,” who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Through no fault of her own, she became the “perfect test case” for…Read More »
Join us for an LAWAAG Bookclub Meetup w/ Author, Jennifer Michael Hecht!
This Sunday join us in Los Angeles for a meet up and hangout with poet and the author of (among other books) Doubt and the Happiness Myth. That’s right! It’s the one and only, Jennifer Michael Hecht! This event is hosted by Surly Amy for the Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic group. The event is this Sunday, April 3rd…Read More »