Thursday, January 18, 2007

Women SF Writers and The Nebula

Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword) had this to say on the subject:
Well, I'll be damned. Turns out Delia's* right: At her most acerbic, she has pointed out what a shame it is that women don't write science fiction or fantasy novels - or so it would appear, if you look at the World Fantasy or Hugo or Nebula Awards (unless you're Connie or Lois, as I always hasten to point out to her) . . . . Anyway, behold! I seem to be the only person of the female persuasion with a chance of being on this year's preliminary Nebula Ballot for best novel. How weird is that?!

In the comments section of that post, Patrick Nielsen Hayden offers this interesting bit of info as counterpoint:
Actually, while there are quite a few things to criticize about the Nebula Awards, in fact fully 55% of them over the last ten years have been won by women.

Green Man chose Ellen's The Privilege of the Sword as Best Adult Novel of 2006. I am kinda embarrassed to say that I bought Swordspoint a couple years ago and have yet to read it. But I read much less these days, and I blame it on eyes that are easily fatigued and, well, vision that's total crap, though reading glasses help some.

*For those who don'tknow, "Delia" is Delia Sherman, writer and partner of Ms. Kushner's.

1 comment:

SolShine7 said...

Through your hands in the air and wave 'em like you just don't care...

Will all the real women SF writers please stand up, please stand up, please stand up.