Women Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter
Lightspeed Magazine announced several months ago a special issue devoted to women and science fiction. Recently, the editors launched a Kickstarter to fund the issue. Here's their philosophy behind the project:
It could be said that women invented science fiction; after all, Mary Shelley wrote what is considered by many to be the first science fiction novel (Frankenstein). Yet some readers seem to have this funny idea that women don’t—or can’t—write science fiction. Some have even gone so far as to accuse women of destroying science fiction with their girl cooties. So to help prove how silly that notion is, LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE's June 2014 issue—our fourth anniversary issue—will be a Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue. And we will also—for the first time in LIGHTSPEED's history—have a guest editor at the helm.
The original announcement of this special issue generated so much excitement that we wanted to find ways to include even more amazing science fiction by women. So—with your help—we're going to make the special issue twice the size of a normal issue of LIGHTSPEED.
We, or at least I, am all about refocusing our discussions on women and science fiction to recognize the contributions women have made in the past to the genre, are making right now, and will make in the future. To that end, I wanted to post the issue's Kickstarter on our site. The Kickstarter has already (in a remarkably short amount of time!) recieved more than double their initial goal, but Lightspeed is a great magazine, and this, I think, is a worthy cause.
The issue will be guest edited by Christie Yant, with contributions from Rachel Swirsky, Gabrielle de Cuir, Mur Lafferty, and Mary Robinette Kowal, among others.