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Martha Wells

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Katie Cowden, who I have known since she was a tiny baby, has had one of her photos posted on Warren Ellis' blog. She has prints available on ImageKind.


A couple of books from the comments on my post on Older Women as Main Characters:

Tehanu by Ursula Le Guin. This was my favorite of the sequels to the Earthsea Trilogy. It's set right after The Farthest Shore, after Tenar's (from The Tombs of Atuan) children are grown and her husband has died. Then Ged returns to her for help.

Mirabile by Janet Kagan. A radiation accident aboard the ship that colonized and terraformed the planet has caused genetic anomalies in plants and animals that appear without warning and can be deadly. Mama Jason is the leader of a group of genetic experts who have to try to contain and stop them. Despite the danger, this is one of those books that shows a world you'd really like to live in and people you'd like to live with. Kind of like all of Janet Kagan's books.


Oh, and I wanted to mention that the anthology Alembical 2 is out. I got an early copy of this and really enjoyed it. The blurb I gave it was: "From Pi's shapeshifting antiquities thief in modern London, to Levine's far-future astronaut clone who finds himself paying for sins he doesn't remember committing, to Cheney's fair folk in turn of the century Saratoga Springs, each novella portrays a complete and well-realized world, with engaging characters and great story-telling."

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Hi, random lurker...

The plot summary of Mirable there is wrong. When the colony ship left Earth, they wanted to be sure they wouldn't lose species while getting settled, so they did stuff like tuck the dna for sunflowers into wheat, so every tenth sprouting would be sunflowers. What they didn't realize was the ship's computer would malfunction and they lost the info on what was where and how to turn the hidden strains off...evolution, as in the mutation that might be great for the wheat did something else to the sunflowers...and sometimes the intermediate step between species is...interesting. In a kangaroo rex sense of the word.

Sorry for being nitpicky, but this is one of my favorite books of all time.

It's one of my favorite books of all time, too, I've read it several times, and I'm sorry if my condensing of the summary and leaving out the details of exactly what the accident did upset and offended you.

Ah, Tehanu. That one takes me back. I haven't read it in years, but I remember enjoying it immensely.

Yeah, it's been a long time since I've thought about it. I'm going to have to read it again.

Mirabile is an enormously enjoyable book, and Annie Jason Masmajean is a heck of a cool protagonist.

She really was, and it's such an interesting world to visit.

Can't believe I forgot Mirabile. Mama Jason kicks ass.

Tocohl from Kagan's Hellspark might also qualify as an older female protagonist. I forget how old she is exactly, but she definitely was a professional with years of experience.

Both books have great supporting casts including older women in a variety of roles, too.

Yes, and her ST novel "Uhura's Song" had a lot of older women characters in the alien race, too.

I wish she had written more books.

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