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Hi again! The 50th issue of @thefuturefire released yesterday (w/ one of my stories!), but I wanted to read it before saying more. I'm a HUGE sucker for good editing, & I love being able to showcase when an issue just *works* as a cohesive unit under the right #SFF eye. THREAD:
First we have D.H. Kelly's "The Furious Chisel," which follows a hacker whose physical impediment leaves her finding independence and friendship with carebots... including one making its first, thorougly realistic forays into genuine sentience. /x
futurefire.net/2019.50/fictio…
It's a warmhearted story, reminiscent of both Chiang's "The Lifecycle of Software Objects" & Shoemaker's "Today I Am Paul." Its distinction lies in showing how /all/ our limitations & social bonds are formed by scripts of some kind. (+ 2 evocative illustrations by Grace P. Fong!)
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I'm sorry, her breasts do WHAT
To everyone asking, Edmund White wrote this.
OKAY WELL SINCE THIS IS GETTING WAY MORE ATTENTION THAN I'M USED TO MY TWEETS RECEIVING here is my blog where you will find links to some #SFF short stories about gays in space & in other settings as well: alexisames.home.blog/publications/
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I have cited AO3's taxonomy and archiving systems as models at academic linguistics conferences because they are IMPRESSIVE as usable, durable, well-designed systems, and frankly academia could stand to learn from fandom here
Here's an example: rights transfer and orphaning

Academic archives are patchy when the original depositor of the data dies or doesn't want to be responsible for it anymore. AO3 has a whole system in place to transfer fic to another user or leave it up without your name attached
I was literally at a conference a few years ago when an academic was like "oh yeah we just don't know how to deal with rights transfer at our archive" and I pulled up AO3's orphaning policy as a model
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On Mother’s Day & every day, let’s kill off fewer moms in science fiction & fantasy.

Yes, it’s easier for a protagonist to have adventures w/o her—or to go on quests to avenge her. What living mom would let her kid endanger their life like that?

But isn’t killing her a cop-out?
Let’s stop using women’s pain and women’s deaths as catalysts for (often male) heroes’ stories.

Let’s stop treating women as motivators of protagonists’ growth, as obstacles in their journeys, as objects to be won or rescued—or, as with many dead mothers, as simply irrelevant.
They say a mother’s love is one of the most powerful forces on earth. We always hear stories of mothers going to extraordinary lengths for their kids.

Let’s see more of that in fiction, in #SFF.

Let’s see more women as the heroines of their own stories—as leaders, not damsels.
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