Women in SFF 2015: We Are Not Alone

One of the most wonderful things we’ve noticed since starting Strange Charm is that we are most definitely not alone in aiming to promote, publicise, and encourage women’s writing within the speculative genres.

In fact, there’s enough going on that it seemed a worthwhile endeavour to collect it all in one place. This is my attempt to do just that. I’ll be updating this list as and when I hear of other related initiatives.

If you know of something we’ve missed out, please let us know in the comments, and we’ll add it in. (I’d be particularly interested to hear of any European conferences or conventions, since I’m unlikely to make it as far as the US ones.)


Here There Be Books are running a Women in SFF bookclub, starting in January with Rachel Bach’s excellent space opera Fortune’s Pawn. Keep an eye on the #SFFWomen hashtag for discussions on Twitter.

The Skiffy & Fanty podcast will be focusing on women in SF/F during 2015.

Fantasy Café run Women in SFF month during April each year, and hopefully will continue to do so this year.

In a recent threat on Twitter, @booksmugglers mooted the idea of reading epic fantasy by women in 2015, so hopefully this will translate into loads of inspiring new reviews on their blog.

Galaxy Girls & Lady Knights is blog focusing on sci-fi and fantasy by female authors.

Sleeps With Monsters, a column by Liz Bourke over at Tor.com, is another regular venue for feminism in speculative fiction, including reviews and commentary.

And, naturally, Strange Charm will continue to review awesome writing by women, with upcoming themes including speculative fiction in translation, intergalactic sci-fi, and transhumanism.

Offline conventions & conferences:

Conbust 2015
March 27-29 at Smith College, Northampton, MA (USA)

SFRA 2015: The SF We Don’t (Usually) See: Suppressed Histories, Liminal Voices, Emerging Media
June 25-27 at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY (USA)

Pippi to Ripley: Women and Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Comics
May 1-2 at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY (USA)

GeekGirlCon 2015
October 10-11 in Seattle, WA (USA)

2 thoughts on “Women in SFF 2015: We Are Not Alone

  1. I’ve just come across this website via Rachel Aaron’s twitter and I run Galaxy Girls and Lady Knights where I also review SF/F written by women! It’s great to see more sites doing this, I’ll definitely be following your reviews for more recommendations.
    Best wishes,


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