Ana’s Spoons: The Monthly QSF FF Takeover

Source: Ana’s Spoons: The Monthly QSF FF Takeover

Spaceships. Aliens. Androids, alternative timelines, and answers to problems no one has solved yet.

Speculative fiction offers authors a playground to try any number of scenarios impossible in the world as we currently know it. At the same time, this unfamiliar landscape allows freedom to make political statements that might not be permitted in realistic contemporary fiction.

Why is it, then, that so much of speculative fiction presents the same dominant power structures of our current society, only dressed up as exciting and new?

In past QSF discussions, I’ve asked what responsibility we feel as authors and readers to combat sexism, racism, classism, and other forms of marginalization. We accept, by our participation in this group, that speculative fiction offers possibilities not available in other forms of storytelling. What are we doing to harness this power?

Today, I’d like to present a personal favorite that is shared by many of us: Star Trek. More specifically, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Because Star Trek is beloved to many but removed from our current society, it offers a meeting ground for us to discuss issues that can become contentious or difficult to see in our own daily lives.

Read the full article by clicking on the link above, and join the discussion on the Facebook group here.

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2 thoughts on “Ana’s Spoons: The Monthly QSF FF Takeover

  1. awesomesub says:

    Hi Ana, I cannot comment on the details of Star Trek, because I don’t know anything about it. I know Patrick Stewart primarily because he has played some roles in theatre productions (sorry).
    Anyways, women’s stories are central and absolutely important, not only in speculative fiction, but in every genre. However, I think that sometimes women are somehow stopped just by the labels some genres have. Maybe I am just projecting and it is only I who does that, but two years ago I would not have bothered much looking for books that are labeled science fiction. I think that there are a lot of women who might not be aware of what this genre includes, and personally I like speculative fiction much better as a term, because I do not connect it to Star Wars, Star Trek and the likes which are not among my favourites (sorry again). But they are popular stories, so for the uninformed (that’s me I am afraid) these stories set the standard for what many connect with the genre. The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World, My Real Children can be found under science fiction at the biggest online bookstore, which I had not noticed before. It is the genre I did not look into that often (sorry again). Why is Becoming Clissine not there, by the way? I mean, if the Handmaid is in that section, then Becoming Clissine should qualify for science fiction too, shouldn’t it? 🙂
    So, what might help is talking about books that tell women’s stories, (have a woman’s point of view that is accepted and cherished no less than a man’s; unlike what you wrote about Angel One) in speculative fiction. Word of mouth advertising can do a lot, and it can create awareness that there are a growing number of books telling women’s stories in speculative fiction. I guess it is a slow process, but since there are already more great titles than ever before, there must be more women who want these stories too. Could it mean that very slowly the readers and authors are simply too many to be ignored as a group that wants women’s stories in speculative fiction?

    hugs

    Nina

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