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The Geek Feminist Revolution: Essays Paperback – May 31, 2016
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“An incisive, opinionated, and demanding blend of analysis and personal storytelling that will inspire her readers and peers in the science fiction community to work toward change.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Plenty of inspiration here for promising writers and for young women drawn to a culture where sexism is rife.... Passion and commitment permeate the writing as Hurley illuminates the online cultural vanguard from a feminist's perspective.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A call to arms for those who care about the future of science fiction and fantasy.”―John Scalzi, author of The Old Man's War
“Hurley writes with passion, power, and raw, unapologetic honesty. Her essays are both blunt and thoughtful, and will give you a great deal to ponder about the speculative fiction genre and the world at large.” ―Jim C. Hines, author of the Goblin Quest series
“Kameron Hurley writes essays about feminism, geek culture, online discourse, and changing the world that piss people off, make them think, make them act. This is good stuff. Read it."―Kate Elliott, author of Black Wolves
“The Geek Feminist Revolution is is an essential book for working and aspiring authors. It's part writing advice, part call to revolution, part manual for how to be a writer and an activist and a loudmouth even when (especially when) you're not a straight, white, cisgender man. This book is the next step in the conversation about how to write the Other. It's also about how to challenge mainstream nonsense when you're 'the Other,' even when you're desperately pretending not to be. Hurley's essays are a beacon, signaling to writers in the trenches that they're not alone, and they're not imagining how hard it is to push against the mainstream, or how the culture shoves back ten times harder.” ―K Tempest Bradford
“Listen, and understand: Kameron is out there. She can't be talked over. She can't be sidelined, ignored, or shut down. And she absolutely will not stop, ever, until things change. ”―Seth Dickinson, author of The Traitor Baru Cormorant
“Kameron Hurley's a brave, unflinching, truly original writer with a unique vision-her fiction burns right through your brain and your heart.” ―Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Southern Reach Trilogy
About the Author
KAMERON HURLEY is an award-winning writer of essays and SF/F fiction. She is the author of the Hugo Award-winning "We Have Always Fought," as well as the Worldbreaker Saga, the Gods' War Trilogy, and numerous short stories.
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The essays cover a wide range of topics, but at the core is a spirit of endurance. Not the "beaten down by life & endure the suffering" type of endurance - no, this is the spirit that says live your life, stand your ground, know it may be hard and unfair, but you can do this and on your own terms. It was a bit painful to read some experiences similar to my own, but it was even more motivating. There's something to be said for the validation of shared experience, even when we're not looking for it.
Perhaps more important than the above, the essays describe personal struggles in a way that puts the reader into the experience far better than anything I've read before. I've struggled to explain what it was like to be a female geek back before being a geek was cool (though, on the plus side, far fewer online trolls!). I haven't even tried describing my experiences being a woman in a male-dominated tech field back then - partly because that's improved greatly over the years, but also because it's not something that's easy for people to understand unless they've experienced it. The Geek Feminist Revolution makes these types of experiences understandable and very real.
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