How women are destroying science fiction

Lightspeed WDSF

Provocative title, eh?

To quote Christie Yant, Assistant Editor at Lightspeed Magazine:

Women aren’t writing “real” science fiction, the fallacy goes. “Real” science fiction is…whatever science fiction certain men like. Some days this makes me sad. Some days it makes me angry. Some days it makes me want to quit. And then I get angry again, because no, after all of these years of hard work, they do not get to make me quit.
And some days I find it hilarious and make a quip on Twitter that turns into a special issue of Lightspeed in the space of roughly half an hour.
When we announced the Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue in September, the response was immediate and overwhelming. All you had was a title and an email address, but your enthusiasm was boundless. My inbox filled with subject lines like:

Helping my sisters destroy science fiction since 1983
If anyone’s going to destroy SFF—
Please sir, may I destroy science fiction?
Why, yes. Yes, you may.
John Joseph Adams founded Lightspeed based on the core idea that all science fiction is real science fiction. The whole point of this magazine, of which I am proud to have been a part since its very first issue, is that science fiction is vast. It is inclusive. Science fiction is about
people (roughly 50% of whom are women), just as much as it’s about ideas. Science fiction is about us, our perils and our promise; it’s about our collective future. Lightspeed has been committed to gender parity from the beginning, and we have achieved it consistently for three straight years. But looking around at media at large, it’s clearly just not enough.
So for our June 2014 issue—our fourth anniversary issue—John has handed control over to us, the women of Lightspeed.

The Kickstarter kicked butt, getting over TEN times the requested amount.

My story “Standard Deviant” will appear in this special June 2014 issue. I am doing a series of cartwheels as we speak…



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3 responses to “How women are destroying science fiction

  1. Congratulations! I contributed to the Kickstarter, and I flipping love this project

  2. Elena

    Dear Holly,

    After destroying Science Fiction with your flash fiction, would you be willing to represent awesome female scifi writers in GISHWHES ( The task is to “Get a previously published Sci-Fi author to write an original story (140 words max) about Misha [Collins], the Queen of England and an Elopus [elephant head, octopus tentacles].” and I would love to submit your work for our team.

    The deadline is next Saturday.

    Thank you for your consideration, Elena

    Contact me via

  3. Hi Elena, I’m glad you enjoyed WDSF! And writing a 140-word story sounds like fun! I’ll be in touch with you by email. Regards, Holly

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