This morning my email in box contained a message from Tansy Rayner Roberts suggesting that I might like to listen to the new Galactic Suburbia podcast because I am on the Honours List for their new award.
Wow, so I am! You can listen to the show here, but if you don’t have time for that here is the short version.
The award is for “activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction” in the year of eligibility.
Carrie Goldman and her daughter Katie, for sharing their story about how Katie was bullied at school for liking Star Wars, and opening up a massive worldwide conversation about gender binaries and gender-related bullying among very young children.
Cheryl Morgan for Female Invisibility Bingo, associated blogging and podcasting, and basically fighting the good fight
Helen Merrick, for the rewrite of the Feminism article on the SF Encyclopedia.
Jim C Hines for “Jane C Hines” and associated blogging, raising awareness of feminist issues in the SF/Fantasy publishing field.
Julia Rios, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond for episode 11 of the Outer Alliance podcast (The Writer and the Critic special episode).
L. Timmel Duchamp – for continuing to raise issues of importance on the Ambling Down the Aqueduct blog and various Aqueduct Press projects
Michelle Lee for the blog post “A 7-year-old girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire”.
Nicola Griffith – for the Russ Pledge, and associated blogging.
The winner will receive a Deepings Doll hand-painted figurine of a suffragette with a Galactic Suburbia placard.
I am, of course, deeply honoured to be included on that list, and I’m delighted to see Nicola recognized for the fabulous work that she has done. Thank you, ladies!
Tansy’s email ended with a request for suggestions for nominees for next year’s award. Obviously it is a bit early in the year right now, but I’d like to suggest that the Galactic Suburbanites keep an eye on what Maura McHugh. writes. I also think that there’s a very good chance that they will find next year’s winner here.