The Womenfolk are Storming Our Rocket Ships!

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Pictured here: One of them nefarious women folk infiltrating our rocket ships.

So a number of influential voices in the science fiction community have recently been making disdainful comments about women writers on a public forum.

But come now. Women writers who love rocket ships and alternate histories, don’t you worry your pretty little heads. We menfolk will gather and protect the mighty Canon of SciFi and its proud Progenitors, manly writers of virility and imagination like Isaac Asimov, Ursula K LeGuin, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, C J Cherryh, Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey … er, wait a minute … wait, wait, something’s not quite right here … this whole canon thing isn’t working out quite as expected … *shuffles list quickly* … er, let’s try this again, here we go, Philip K Dick, James Tiptree Jr., Octavia Butler, er, no, no, no, wait a minute, more phalluses! More phalluses! Time travel then! H.G. Wells, Connie Willis … never mind, time travel’s for wusses … MILITARY scifi, that’s where it’s at. Ha! we own this one at least … Robert Heinlein, Harry Turtledove, Lois McMaster Bujold, wait, what! what!

Boys, I hate to break this to you, but I think the ship done sailed on this one a long time ago.

Stant Litore

P.S. Who do you think invented science fiction? As near as I can tell, it was a Shelley. And her first name wasn’t Percy.

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