Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Richard Rothwell. Oil on canvas, exhibited 1840 29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm). Bequeathed by the sitter's daughter-in-law, Jane, Lady Shelley, 1899. Primary Collection ; NPG 1235. Copyright: National Portrait Gallery.

The First Lady of Horror: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
by Richard Rothwell. Oil on canvas, exhibited 1840
29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm). Bequeathed by the sitter’s daughter-in-law, Jane, Lady Shelley, 1899.
Primary Collection ; NPG 1235. Copyright: National Portrait Gallery.

A few weeks after I started working at Dennistoun Library, our boss told us that we would be assigned a collection to look after. I immediately put my name down for the Fantasy and Science Fiction collections, and, lo, my wish was granted! Glasgow Libraries include horror and supernatural books in these collections, so those fell to me as well, as did Young Adult Fiction and Graphic Novels. There’s a lot of overlap between these collections, and I am enjoying the work. Last week I was asked to compile a list of women authors of fantasy, horror, science fiction, and supernatural works, to put forward to Library HQ for collection development purchases. In addition to my own lengthy list, I enlisted the help of the Iggles (the collective noun for members of the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club) on Twitter:

I also put the call out to my friends and family via Facebook, and in real life. The response from everybody polled was excellent. Now that I have compiled and organised all the suggestions, I thought that you, dear Readers, would be interested in the results. So here they are:

    Women authors of Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction and the Supernatural (8 September 2015)

  • Lynn Abbey ; Kelley Armstrong ; Madeline Ashby ; Margaret Atwood ; Victoria Aveyard
  • Rachel Bach (also called Rachel Aaron) ; Elizabeth Bear ; Leah Bobet ; Leigh Brackett ; Paula Brackstone ; Patricia Briggs ; Octavia Butler
  • Meg Cabot ; Pat Cadigan ; Gail Carriger ; Charlene Challenger ; Suzy McKee Charnas ; Elaine Chen ; C.J.Cherryh ; Suzanne Church ; Julie Czerneda
  • Ellen Datlow (editor) ; Alyx Dellamonica
  • Diana Gabaldon ; Kate Griffin (also writes as Claire North)
  • Laurell K Hamilton ; Charlaine Harris ; Kim Harrison ; Zenna Henderson ; Robin Hobb ; Charlie Holmberg ; Nalo Hopkinson ; Tanya Huff
  • N.K. Jemisin ; Diary da Jones
  • Patricia Kennealy (or Kennealy Morrison) ; Julie Kenner ; Nancy Kilpatrick ; Rosemary Kirstein ; Mary Robinette Kowal ; Nancy Kress ; Katherine Kurtz
  • Madeleine L’Engle ; Mercedes Lackey ; Tanith Lee ; Ursula K Leguin ; Doris Lessing? ; Tonya Liburd ; Elizabeth Lynn
  • R A MacAvoy ; Anne McCaffrey ; Seanan McGuire ; Fiona McIntosh ; Vonda N McIntyre ; Patricia McKillip ; Robin McKinley ; Lois McMaster Bujold ; Julian May ; Shirley Meier ; Judith Merril ; Sarah Monette (aka Katherine Addison which is SM’s pseudonym) ; Devon Monk ; Elizabeth Moon ; C L Moore ; Erin Morgenstern (only one book out currently, The Night Circus, which we already have, but another is being written)
  • Audrey Niffenegger (graphic novels as well) ; Andre Norton ; Naomi Novik ; Jody Lynn Nye
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman ; Ursula Pflug ; Doris Piserchia ; Emily Pohl-Weary ; Tamora Price
  • S.M. Reine ; Anne Rice ; Kelly Robson ; Joanna Russ ; Mary Doria Russell
  • Michelle Sagara West ; Pamela Sargent ; Jessica Amanda Salmonson ; Elizabeth Ann Scarborough ; Gail Simone ; Mary Shelley ; Melinda M. Snodgrass ; Midori Snyder ; Amanda Stevens ; Caitlin Sweet
  • Sheri S Tepper ; James Tiptree Jr (pseudonym of Alice Sheldon) ; Lisa Tuttle
  • Catherynne M. Valente ; Joan Vinge
  • Diane L. Walton (editor of On Spec magazine) ; Karen Wehrstein ; Margaret Weiss ; Martha Wells ; Kate Wilhelm ; Terri Windling ; Janny Wurts
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley

I haven’t read every author on this list, but will work on it. I deliberately didn’t include book titles, for all that some of the authors are included on the basis of one book alone. I’m also expecting, even hoping, that there may be dissension and debate among readers of the list. It would be great if you could leave your suggestions and thoughts in the comments on this post. I’m hoping to keep the list going, with new additions, and any suggestions you give will be added.

I felt as though I was being watched, and when I turned, I saw her....

I felt as though I was being watched, and when I turned, I saw her….

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This week, I’ve done some real planning for next month’s trip to Canada, specifically for Toronto, where I will spend the greatest part of my time. I’ll be spending said greatest part of my time with two friends I made last year, and it will be interesting to see how their Toronto compares to my Toronto, discovered on my previous two visits last year and in 2011. During my planning, I finally located my photos from last year’s trip, a great relief as I had thought them lost. They have helped me remember where I went, where I still want to go, and have jogged my memory about some of the places to which I would like to return. Here are some of those photos, unedited and unpolished (a skill still to learn), but with many words to accompany and explain them (verbosity being a skill/curse which is definitely not lacking). Continue Reading »

iggppc_250 In March of this year, I finally signed up for a pen pal of suitably geeky proportions, with the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club. I had heard lots about it from friends, and increasingly often saw it mentioned on social media. In so many ways, the mothership was calling me home; writing and receiving letters in the post in addition to lots of geeky chat? How could I possibly refuse? Sitting at home with a broken arm finally gave me the time to sign up, and sign up I did! Cue the following rainbow in a confirmation email:
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I have seen headlines for a lot of articles today about Elizabeth Siddall/Siddal, also known as Lizzie, Victorian artist and poet, who died much too young; I’m planning to Spotify said articles tomorrow, and will post the link here. Every one of these pieces is testament to Elizabeth not having been forgotten in the 186 years since she was born. She is one of my favourite artists, and it’s tragic that her adult life was so marked by illness and heartbreak, by addiction and depression, affecting her strength and ability to get the renown as an artist that her work deserved. You can read more about her life here. Continue Reading »

“The Colour of Magic” by Terry Pratchett (Published June 21st 2012 by Corgi (first published 1983)). Image via Goodreads.

Before I begin the review proper, some advice to fellow reviewers, but also to myself: write the review as soon as possible after finishing the book (also, don’t break your arm; that’s generally sound advice, but it has really set me back with various projects). Otherwise, you have to read the book again; admittedly, this is not necessarily a bad thing, as it definitely wasn’t in the case of Terry Pratchett’s first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic (first published in 1983). As I discussed here, my first reading project (possibly my only reading project, depending on book availability) of the year is to read the full Discworld series, in publication order, borrowing all the books from public libraries. My progress will be recorded on this page, which irritatingly is not behaving quite as I would have it, so bear with any weirdness. Blame it on magic leaking out.

On my second reading (as part of this project) of The Colour of Magic, I read the book more slowly, and even took notes – which awoke one of the beasts in my head to whisper “Research project?” all too enticingly, but for now I’m managing to keep said beast dormant. But this gave me the opportunity to really luxuriate in Pratchett’s language – it’s so rich and witty – and to see the jokes I missed before. This is one of the joys of this book; it’s great as a quick, entertaining read, and also incredibly rewarding if you read it more slowly, contemplatively. So this post will definitely be full of spoilers, if you’ve not yet read the book. If such is the case, I’ll say goodbye to you here, but you should read The Colour of Magic as soon as you can; it really is a great introduction to a marvellous world. Continue Reading »

Life is quiet – well, sort of – then suddenly everything comes along at once. On Sunday 5 July, I finally attended Glasgow’s first Comic Con of the year, after many years of never quite managing to do so; if you missed it, there is another Comic Con at the SECC in September, on 26 and 27 September to be precise. Unfortunately, I will miss that one, as I will be visiting friends in Toronto. My partner in crime for this month’s Comic Con was the Officer of the Glasgow chapter of Geek Girl Brunch International. There will be a separate blog post on our trip, but a good time was certainly had by all. Continue Reading »


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