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Women Sci-Fi Writers Are Reaching New Heights, In Spite Of Prejudice

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Robert Holloway

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Earlier this week, a rousing headline shot at warp-speed across browsers and Twitter feeds: Women Swept The 2015 Nebula Awards, taking home the prestigious science-fiction and fantasy prizes in the categories of Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story and Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy work.

The news might ve come as a surprise to — or, at least, to the chagrin of — a boisterous group of science fiction writers and fans who ve taken up the cause of restoring the genre to its tenants of yore: lighthearted adventure that s sleek, zippy, fun, and — oh yeah — comprised of shelves worth of white male writers.

Last year, they rigged the voting for a similarly lauded set of prizes, the Hugo Awards, favoring white male writers and effectively quelling women and authors of color.

Kate Wilhelm s suspenseful speculative fiction has won multiple Nebulas and a Hugo; Vonda N. McIntyre, whose longstanding attachment to the Star Trek franchise rocketed her to acclaim, won both awards as well.

Unlike Luke Skywalker, Batman, or, more recently, Star Wars star Rey, she s not fighting to avenge a lost family or hometown; instead, her journey is fueled by broader ideals.

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