Discrimination of women is still a problem in today’s world within the workplace, as well as legal and social discrimination. One woman shines a spotlight on discrimination in media, mainly Hollywood and science fiction.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, a USA Today bestselling writer and author of the book, “Women Of Future’s Past” details how the long-standing discrimination and belief that men dominate the genre came about“A lot of young writers and science fiction fans don’t want to hear about the women who came before them,” Rusch says. “Women have dominated the field, writing the prototypes for Han Solo and Indiana Jones, and writing bestselling books and movies.”
Unfortunately, many of the award-winning writings from women have never been anthologized, or kept in print.
“Unlike the works from men, many of the writings from women have vanished,” Rusch says. “It’s not just in books. A huge controversy ignited when ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ merchandise left out the lead characters. Both were women.”
Over the course of her 30-year career, international bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has won or been nominated for every major award in the science fiction and fantasy field. She started two publishing companies, including the influential Pulphouse Publishing. She has won awards for her editing as well as her fiction—and she is, to date, the only person who has won the Hugo award both as an editor and as a writer. In 2016 alone, her fiction will appear in four year’s best collections. As of March 2016, her short stories have won two different readers’ choice awards.
In addition, I can testify that she is warm and witty and gifted. We had a far-ranging interview about the history of women in SF, her own trailblazing path, and that of some of the authors represented in this superb anthology.
You can hear that interview by clicking on the grey podcast bar below. You’re in for a treat.
Author’s photo by Lauren Lang
Link to her website.