Yes, Women Are Still Writing Space Opera

And they’re good at it.

A few years ago I wrote an article about the invisible women of space opera—and pretty much any other subgenre of science fiction and fantasy. Women have always been there, always writing, always breaking new ground—and yet every year or two, someone will write an article that proclaims, “Women Are Finally Venturing into Men’s Territory!” Lists of 100 Best Books are heavily skewed toward white male writers, all or nearly all from North America.

Almost six years later, I like to think we may be in an up cycle for recognition of women’s work.

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The 25th Anniversary Edition of John Crowley’s Little, Big Was Almost Two Decades in the Making

In 1981, John Crowley’s novel Little, Big was published. The World Fantasy Award-winning novel has, over the last four decades, found incredibly passionate fans. On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Jonathan Thornton wrote, “It remains the kind of book that quietly changes people’s lives.”

And for almost twenty years, an anniversary edition of this life-changing book has been in the works. It’s quite the saga, and it has a happy ending: books are finally ready to ship. It took years—and the help of Neil Gaiman—to bring this project to light.

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A Nostalgia-Heavy Playlist for the Stressed Out Millennial

In the spring of 2020, I was desperately attempting to stay the pandemic doldrums by binge watching movies from my childhood. It was lockdown and I couldn’t go to work, couldn’t visit family and friends, and only left the house once a week for a hasty, sanitizer-drenched trips to the grocery store. Nostalgia (and steamy romance novels) was pretty much the only thing keeping me functioning. These are not the billion dollar blockbusters or the movies that have become a part of our cultural language, but the forgotten, the deep-cut cult classics, and the weirdly silly.

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All Our Stories Are Connected: Five Modern Fairytale Mash-ups

What could be better than a retelling of your favorite fairy tale? How about a retelling of two of your favorite fairy tales? How about a retelling that incorporates a bunch of your favorite fairy tales?

One of my favorite types of narrative is the mashup, wherein a bunch of existing characters or storylines mingle together, resulting in brand-new flavors, new adventures, and if you’re lucky, fresh nuances to explore.

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Five Stories Featuring Teleportation and Other Timey-Wimey Shortcuts

The gulfs of space are vast, awesome, and highly inconvenient. Crossing them with conventional chemical rockets would take millennia. Indeed, any rocket using even halfway plausible technology seems likely to consume several human lifespans before reaching even the closest stars.

Many authors, not wanting their characters to die of old age getting to Proxima Centauri, have abandoned plausible transport methods for the starkly implausible. Best of all? Techniques that allow travellers to step directly from one world to another without the bother of dealing with the intervening distance. The novels and series below feature five such methods.

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Werewolves Within Director Josh Ruben’s New Horror Movie Stars Tatiana Maslany and Jasmin Savoy Brown

Director Josh Ruben last brought the world Werewolves Within, and now he’s got a new kind of terror up his sleeve: In Green Bank, from writer Aaron Horwitz (The Cleansing Hour), a young woman in a town with no radio transmissions finds her employers are not exactly what they seem.

The film is set to star Jasmin Savoy Brown (Scream, Yellowjackets) and She-Hulk herself, Tatiana Maslany (pictured above), who I will follow anywhere, even into the terrifying wilds of small-town horror, thanks to her astonishing work in Orphan Black.

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14 Excellent Groundhog Day-Style Time Loops in SFF

The now-classic Groundhog Day flirts with (and breaks) the rules of multiple movie genres: romantic comedy, time travel narrative, small town dramedy, spiritual redemption tale—and it’s also given birth to an entire subgenre of its own. The “Groundhog Day episode” is a mainstay of many television series, and the plot even pops up in films, novels, and short fiction. It’s a fun way to play with established characters, putting your faves through the emotional wringer while trying to solve a murder or stop a crime. And it can be an equally effective tool for riffing on entire genre tropes; mixing in high school drama, slasher horror, or other well-worn genres can lead to some fascinating mashups. And in (almost) all cases, the protagonist stuck in the time loop comes out on the other side all the better.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Groundhog Day riffs and the most memorable time loops in SFF. Take a break from listening to “I Got You Babe” for the nth time and check out these 14 recursive tales.

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Star Wars Visions Vol. 2 Announces Animation Studios and Premiere Date

In 2021, Star Wars Visions presented a collection of new views of the galaxy far, far away—a season’s worth of shorts from a collection of Japanese animation studios. For the show’s second season—excuse me, Vol. 2—the series broadens its reach, pulling in animators from all around the globe.

The new collection of shorts lands on a meaningful day for Star Wars fans: May 4th.

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