June 29th, 2011


Female SF Writers Meme

By way of [personal profile] egret and [personal profile] oursin comes this meme:

Italicize the authors you've heard of before reading this list of authors, bold the ones you've read at least one work by, underline the ones of whose work you own at least one example of.

EDIT 6/29/11: I've added most of the proposed names, minus a couple for which I could find only fantasy credits.  Poke a bigot in the eye, buy some SF by women.

Lynn Abbey
Ann Aguirre
Eleanor Arnason
Jean Auel
Leigh Brachett
Kage Baker
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Lois McMaster Bujold
Emma Bull
Octavia Butler
Moyra Caldecott
Jaygee Carr
Joy Chant
Suzy McKee Charnas
C. J. Cherryh
Jo Clayton
Candas Jane Dorsey
Carole Nelson Douglas
Debra Doyle
Diane Duane
Phyllis Eisenstein
Suzette Haden Elgin
Kate Elliot
Cynthia Felice
Sheila Finch
Maggy Furey
Sally Gearhart
Mary Gentle
Dian Girard
Gayle Greeno
Eileen Gunn
Barbara Hambly
Charlaine Harris
Deborah Turner Harris
Tanya Huff
Monica Hughes

Diana Wynne Jones
Gwyneth Jones
Leigh Kennedy
Lee Killough

Nancy Kress
Katherine Kurtz
Mercedes Lackey
Sharon Lee
Tanith Lee

Madeline L'engle
Ursula K. LeGuin
Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Megan Lindholm (AKA Robin Hobb)
Jean Lorrah
Elizabeth A. Lynn

Phillipa Maddern
Ardath Mayhar
Anne McCaffrey
Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant
Vonda McIntyre
Patricia A. McKillip
Elizabeth Moon
C.L. Moore
Janet Morris
Pat Murphy
Sam Nicholson (AKA Shirley Nikolaisen)
Andre Norton
Rachel Pollack
Cherie Priest
Marta Randall
Anne Rice
Michelle Sagara
Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Pamela Sargent
Melissa Scott
Sydney J. Van Scyoc
Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree, Jr.
Susan Shwartz

Nancy Springer
Sheri S. Tepper
Lisa Tuttle
Catherine Valente
Sheila Veihl
Joan Vinge
Élisabeth Vonarburg
Cherry Wilder
Terri Wilding
Kate Wilhelm
Connie Willis

As you can see, I like science fiction in general, and women writers, and I think those things go together like chocolate and peanut butter. At that, some of my favorites are missing: Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Jean Lorrah, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne McCaffrey, Suzette Haden Elgin, et cetera ad astra.


Yesterday we discovered that a cottontail rabbit made a nest near the burn barrel, not fifteen feet from the main door of our house.

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Larger versions of the bunnies are in my LJ Scrapbook.

Also yesterday, I managed to mulch around some of the native grass plants that I set out earlier, the ones where I'd trimmed back the surrounding grass. So 8 of them are done. I still have more to trim and mulch, though. This helps give them an edge over the competing sod nearby. Once they're fully established, they'll be able to take care of themselves.

Poor Work Conditions in America

Periodically I talk about ways in which America has more in common with a third-world country than a developed country.  Here's another one: companies sometimes set up in America so they can shaft employees more easily than they can in a civilized country.

In Sweden, IKEA's factory workers are paid $19 per hour and get five weeks
of paid vacation every year. In America? Not so much.

IKEA's Swedwood plant in Danville, Virginia is the most dangerous plant in
the wood furniture industry -- workers there have suffered more than 1,536
days of lost work due to accidents on the job in a 30-month period.
According to the LA Times, IKEA's Danville workers are paid as little as
$8 an hour and face racial discrimination from their managers. Workers
often find out on Friday night that they'll be forced to work for the
entire weekend -- and if they can't make it, they face disciplinary

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Greenhaven Website Updates: Our Voices

The "Home" tab has been reorganized, now that we have materials from more coven members.  First, the official materials about the Greenhaven Tradition and Fieldhaven Coven are now filed under "About Us," these being "Greenhaven Tradition" and "Words To Live By."  Second, perspectives from individual members are filed under "Our Voices."  In addition to "The Heart and Soul of Greenhaven" there are two new pages, "Activities in a Nutshell" and "Memories of Samhain 2004."

The "Links" page has been expanded to include a listing of Pagan chants and songs.

Nerds and Geeks

Nicola Griffith's email discussion list popped up this article about nerds and geeks today.  There is also this Venn diagram.

I've always identified as a nerd: I like books, and I don't like sports, and in the midwest that makes you a nerd.  Geek ... is a term that I like, but am more hesitant to use myself, because it tends to imply a level of technological expertise that I lack.  However, I've spent enough time hacking my way through the undergrowth that I feel entitled to the "There is now a Level 0" icon, and that's pretty much my geek level.

I think that terms like "nerd" and "geek" began gaining positive connotations about the time that those mental traits matched up with serious social power and job potential.  Before computers, such personality quirks had minimal practical potential, only applicable in a few esoteric fields.  But now computers are ubiquitous and crucial, and such traits are helpful  in working with them, so the jobs are everywhere and people will kiss your shoes if you can restore their lost data.  That makes a huge difference in how people are perceived and treated.  And this is why Mother Nature never throws anything away: you never know when some fringe thing might suddenly become advantageous.