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SF Women A-Z: A Reader's Guide Paperback – May 12, 2015
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Sandra Ulbrich Almazan started reading at the age of three and only stops when absolutely required to. Although she hasn’t been writing quite that long, she did compose a very simple play in German during middle school. Her science fiction novella Move Over Ms. L. (an early version of Lyon’s Legacy) earned an Honorable Mention in the 2001 UPC Science Fiction Awards, and her short story “A Reptile at the Reunion” was published in the anthology Firestorm of Dragons. Other published works by Sandra include Twinned Universes and several science fiction and fantasy short stories. She is a founding member of Broad Universe, which promotes science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women. Her undergraduate degree is in molecular biology/English, and she has a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication degree. She currently works in Quality Assurance; she’s also been a lab tech, a technical writer, and a part-time copyeditor for a local newspaper. Some of her other accomplishments are losing on Jeopardy! and taking a stuffed orca to three continents. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eugene; and son, Alex. In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys crocheting, listening to classic rock (particularly the Beatles), and watching improv comedy.
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Okay, now onto the non-biased part. Women authors have always gotten short-shrift in the male-dominated science fiction publishing field. Women make up more than half of science fiction readers, and yet there are so few of us who get recognized by traditional publishing houses and the big award organizations such as the Hugos. For decades, women's science fiction was mis-categorized as romance or women's fiction. They took away our spaceships and scientific devices, put a bare-chested man on our covers, and shelved us in other places in the bookstore or library. 'Women's' issues such as interpersonal relationships, love, marriage, and family are pigeonholed that way, even when it's Sigourney Weaver picking up a pulse cannon and shouting 'get away from her you b!tc#' to a shape-shifting xenomorph on an alien planet.
Now science fiction READERS are a particular bunch. Most won't get caught dead in the romance section, so for decades women science fiction writers could only be 'found' if they published under a male pseudonym or used their initials to hide their gender. That is slowly changing, but change comes slowly and you still need to SEEK OUT science fiction tales written by women writers. In THIS guide you will find listed eighty (80) fine female science fiction writers, a brief history of their work, and Sandra's impressions as she read the books of all the authors in this listing.