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Martha Wells

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Links I've Been Meaning to Post

* SF Signal: Mind Meld: LGBT Themes in Fantasy and SF – Recommendations


* N.K. Jemisin's Continuum Guest of Honor Speech
My father was afraid for me to come to Australia.

He mostly made jokes about it — “Good, you’ve got dredlocks, maybe they won’t think you’re Chinese”, stuff like that. But I know my father, and I know when the jokes have a serious undercurrent.


* Theodora Goss: On Bluebeard
Charles Perrault gives us a moral, clearly marked "moral," at the end of the tale: "Curiosity, in spite of its appeal, often leads to deep regret. To the displeasure of many a maiden, its enjoyment is short lived. Once satisfied, it ceases to exist, and always costs dearly." I ask my students, is that really what we learned from the story?

No, they tell me. That moral doesn’t make sense. If Bluebeard's wife hadn’t been curious, she would never have known that he had killed his previous wives. And although he tells her that he’s going to kill her because of her curiosity, and we can infer that he killed most of his other wives for the same reason, what about the first wife?


* Chuck Wendig: Terrible Minds: 25 Things To Know About Sexism & Misogyny In Writing & Publishing

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The answer is obvious! Bluebeard's first wife was unhappy as to why he was spending so much time in his 'man cave'. One thing led to another, and well...

Ursula Vernon wrote a version of Bluebeard with an incurious wife.

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