My recommended lesbian romance SFF list, if anyone cares, now includes listings for 46 authors with books I have rated Good or better, and mentions about ~70 of their books total that have Good or better ratings. I’ve also tried to organize it a little better by category (True Romance, Major Romantic Elements, Minor Romantic Elements, etc.), since quite a few of the books I was listing were getting a little far from what is usually thought of as Romance.It's all about the science, obviously.
Entries for authors I’ve added since the original list was made include ones for works I’ve read by Elizabeth Bear (Dust), Seth Dickinson (The Traitor Baru Cormorant), Daryl Gregory (Afterparty), Jacqueline Koyanagi (Ascension), Kirsty Logan (The Gracekeepers), Cherie Priest (Maplecroft), Ali Smith (How To Be Both), and Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds). An unusual number of male authors among the new ones (3/8), since the list as a whole is more like 10/46 for that (which comes to about 1.7/8).
I’ve wondered if I should revise my rating system, since it’s idiosyncratic and an extra star would need to be added to just about everything to make it the equivalent I would probably put on Amazon or Goodreads or something. Literally the only books I have rated at 5 stars right now are Slow River by Nicola Griffith and The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman. (Authors who have books I rated at 4 stars and above include the inimitable Heather Rose Jones, as well as L-J Baker, Jacqueline Carey, Candas Jane Dorsey, Max Gladstone, Daryl Gregory, Rachel Hartman, Kameron Hurley, Laura Lam, Laurie J. Marks, Richard Morgan, Jennifer Pelland, Philip Reeve, Ali Smith, Catherynne Valente, and Elisabeth Vonarburg, so, you know, a pretty powerful bunch there.)
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Social Justice convergence in science fiction
SJWs, especially female SJWs, destroy everything they successfully enter: