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Just so I know who's who [Mar. 29th, 2010|03:13 pm]
Marissa Lingen
I am scheduled for a panel on Sunday that talks about women who write science fiction, and it is using science fiction as a specific term rather than an umbrella term that includes all speculative fiction. I would prefer not to publicly say, "Oh, so-and-so is a science fiction writer, and she's awesome!" and have you come around later saying, "Err, actually no, I only write fantasy/horror/mysteries/interstitial non-science stuff/whatever."

I have no problems with you coming around later telling me that you're not awesome. By which I mean I have big problems with it, but I don't expect this poll to fix them.

Poll #1544771 SF women around here

Please check if you self-identify as female and consider yourself, at least some of the time or in some of your work:

a science fiction writer
9(31.0%)
a speculative writer whose work sometimes touches on science fiction
12(41.4%)

Please check if you:

like to check boxes.
20(40.0%)
feel like it this time though not necessarily in general.
16(32.0%)
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[User Picture]From: shweta_narayan
2010-03-29 08:25 pm (UTC)
hi! Diss is kicking my butt but I think about you :)
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[User Picture]From: tanaise
2010-03-29 09:04 pm (UTC)
Though, to be fair, the SF I write is rather soft, even when it has space stations, so while I think of some of my stories (such as the EV story) as being sociological SF, I am not surprised that others consider them Fantasy or Dark fantasy.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-03-29 09:31 pm (UTC)
The minute somebody brings up Catherine Asaro as a science fiction writer, the very softest and squishiest SF you can think of is fair game for this discussion.
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[User Picture]From: genevra
2010-03-30 05:04 am (UTC)
Thank you for including non-writers in the poll! :)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-03-30 12:12 pm (UTC)
That is a good resource indeed, and a good place to start. However, short story writers in particular can be extremely varied due to shorter project times, so I don't want to say, "Oh, not so-and-so, her books are all fantasy," when some of her short stories are SF.
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[User Picture]From: mamapduck
2010-03-30 01:49 pm (UTC)
I am a "person who writes for fun" rather than "a writer" at this point but some of my dabblings are SF.
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From: sazettel
2010-03-30 06:28 pm (UTC)
I'm a working novelist. At the moment, I have published or sold: science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, and romance. I hope to soon add children and young adult fantasy to the list. What will I write next week? Stay tuned. Calling me an SF writer is perfectly accurate, but that's only one thing of the things I do.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-03-30 08:37 pm (UTC)
"Why are women writers so gosh-darned versatile and multi-talented?" is apparently less controversial as a panel topic.
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[User Picture]From: cloudscudding
2010-04-01 02:02 am (UTC)
I was a bit unsure how to answer the first question (the second question was easy: boxes!). I have written and sold science fiction. Also fantasy and horror and indefinable/literary stuff. So I guess I am a non-exclusive science fiction writer--I've definitely more than "touched on" science fiction.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-01 02:08 am (UTC)
Well, that's why I hedged the living daylights out of the first question with "at least some of the time or in some of your work." No one would ever respond to, "Are you someone's sister?" by saying, "Well...I don't know...I mean, I guess I am, but I'm someone's aunt, too, and also I am friends with some people...." But for some reason "are you a science fiction writer?" tends to get answered as, "Are you ONLY EVER a science fiction writer?"

Several people answered that they were both a science fiction writer and a speculative writer whose work sometimes touched on science fiction. That's why I used checkboxes instead of radio buttons.
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[User Picture]From: cloudscudding
2010-04-01 02:27 am (UTC)
I apparently got the "female, check" and then proceeded to ignore the rest. Sometimes I'm a goof.
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