Jumping Into Hyperspace Theories

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Introducing the first episode of the Hyperspace Theories podcast! . . . → Read More: Jumping Into Hyperspace Theories

Linda Interviews Ryder Windham

Linda interviews Ryder Windham about his new Star Wars Rebels book, Ezra’s Gamble. . . . → Read More: Linda Interviews Ryder Windham

Reviewing Rebels & Remembering Henson on Assembly of Geeks

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This week’s episode of Assembly of Geeks reviews the premiere of Star Wars Rebels and remembers the late, great Jim Henson. . . . → Read More: Reviewing Rebels & Remembering Henson on Assembly of Geeks

Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part Three

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

PART 3 – DIVERSITY IN STEAMPUNK FICTION

“Dwell in possibilities.”

Emily Dickenson

(1830-1886)

CALLING FOR DIVERSITY

Diversity does not precisely describe what is needed in today’s literary market.

Humanity is naturally diverse by virtue of the unique characteristics that both divide us and bring us together. Among the most visible are gender, sexual orientation, faiths, culture, and geography. We are diversity. We own it. Lobbyists who ask for “more diversity” are essentially asking for something that we already have, and such subtle, ineffective use of language risks confusing the issues at hand and creating barriers to progress.

What we do need is representation for the distinctiveness that 7.2 billion individuals add to our civilization.

REPRESENTATION THROUGH FICTION

In the absence of hard data, simple observation tells us that the majority of novels and films from influential Western creators have white male lead characters. Although that is starting to change, the increased presence of heroines and people of multiple ethnicities still do not resemble the demographic truth. Wildly successful Bollywood movies (Slumdog Millionaire) and YA novels (The Hunger Games, Divergent) show the potential for success of multicultural and female-led entertainment across demographic borders. Still, millions of people do not see themselves represented in fiction.

When we break down continental ethnicity statistics from 2014, 60% of the planet’s population are Pan-Asian. People of African ancestry are second with 15%, and . . . → Read More: Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part Three

Everyday Fandom Clothing and Your Chance To Speak Up

Disney Bound Obi-Wan

Now’s your chance to ask for this type of fandom clothing if that’s something you’d like too. ANOVOS sells high-quality, fully-licensed replicas movie and TV uniforms and props. They are currently planning their 2015 and beyond product line of soft-goods (non-armored costumes) and they’re asking for your input. . . . → Read More: Everyday Fandom Clothing and Your Chance To Speak Up

Fangirls Going Rogue Episode 11: With a Rebel Yell, We Talk Cons, Cons, Cons!

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On this month’s Fangirls Going Rogue, Teresa and Tricia put on their running sneakers and caught up to Mary Franklin to talk about Star Wars Celebration. It’s a Star Wars Rebels-filled episode with Erich Schoeneweiss (Del Rey, Star Wars Books) and Johnamarie Macias (The Wookiee Gunner) sharing memories from San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon Con, the Star Wars Rebels screening in New York City, and looking forward to New York Comic Con. Teresa’s Star Wars Bookworms Goodreads discussion forum sparks the character discussion: Is R2-D2 sentient? . . . → Read More: Fangirls Going Rogue Episode 11: With a Rebel Yell, We Talk Cons, Cons, Cons!

Fangirls Around The Web: September 22, 2014

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Fangirls Around the Web. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around The Web: September 22, 2014

Mockingjay: Part 1 Trailer

With the premiere of the Mockingjay: Part 1 trailer last week, #HungerGamesExclusive released Issue 2, which includes an interview with Jennifer Lawrence. . . . → Read More: Mockingjay: Part 1 Trailer

WYNDE Around The Web: September 20, 2014

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A nice review for ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS, which includes a short story from WYNDE. . . . → Read More: WYNDE Around The Web: September 20, 2014

Star Wars at GeekGirlCon 2014

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FANgirl will be returning to GeekGirlCon with contributors Linda, Kay, B.J. and Tricia Barr sitting on panels! . . . → Read More: Star Wars at GeekGirlCon 2014