Ladies, you have a little less than 4 weeks left in which to destroy Science Fiction. I wish you luck and only good hair days.
Check out Lightspeed Magazine‘s upcoming June double-issue called Women Destroy Science Fiction and consider submitting your own work. Let history remember you as someone who fought to tear down the long-beloved and (apparently) male owned and dominated genre known as sci-fi. Read the editor’s note about the issue and learn about the submission guidelines.
I’ll be submitting a Weird West tale called Widowmaker 1898, which I of course hope will be considered for publication. Won’t you join me in destroying science fiction?
The writing and critique group I attend (almost) weekly is divided: how much sci-fi or fantasy jargon is too much? With such a wide variety of writers who pursue different styles, there’s polite disagreement on almost everything we bring up – but the issue of made-up words seems to be a hot one lately.
As a lover of fantasy and science fiction both, I believe in the power that jargon can bring to the page when it comes to creating a world. I don’t want to smack my readers in the face with excessive comparisons and descriptions based on objects they already know. I want to challenge them, to push them, to make them feel like they really are in a living, breathing other world.
When a reader is presented with new vocabulary or made-up words and languages, that’s a chance to really get him engaged. When she is looking at new jargon in the context of the new world, she’s taking some time to puzzle over the words while exploring a new place.
And that’s what I want! If I’m creating a whole new world for my readers and characters to explore, I want it to have a heartbeat that’s different from our own. I want the reader to hear that quiet thump-thump rhythm and fall into it headfirst, running wild through an unexplored place.