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December 31st, 2015

Where I'll be in 2015

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Updates to follow as I have them.

January

February
March

  • Marscon 2015 - March 6-8, Bloomington, MN. I'm a guest again this year and doing panels and a reading, as per my norm.

  • Saints and Sinners Literary Festival - March 27-29, New Orleans, LA. Combination birthday trip/vacation/conference. I'm not doing any programming but will be around and about.

April

  • Bi+ Story Slam - April 9th, 7:30-9:30, Nicollet Diner, Minneapolis. Bisexual Organizing Project AWP 2015 offsite event. I'll be reading a thing, as will other folks.

May
June

  • 4th Street Fantasy - June 26-28. Minneapolis. Schedule,TBD. This is back to conflicting with both Twin Cities Pride and the Antiquarian Book Fair so I won't be around all weekend. No idea about panels yet.

July
August
September
October

  • Sirens - October 8-11. Denver, CO. Schedule, TBD.

  • Arcana - October 23-25. St. Paul, MN. Editor Guest of Honor

November
December

May 21st, 2015

Give Out Day today!

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 It's #NationalGiveOutDay today (and for the next 15 hours or so). Nonprofits that support and nurture LGBTQ people and other sexual/gender minorities are often vastly underfunded. Every dollar you can donate does actually make a difference, so please boost and give what you can. 
donate to support your favorite LGBTQ nonprofits and community organizations - https://www.giveoutday.org/c/GO/

May 18th, 2015

There are now so many recommendations that I had to break this list into two parts! Below, please find Part 1 A-M by author/creator name); Part 2 (N-Z) is in the next post. I’m still taking recommendations (protagonists, only please; not secondary characters). The list is focused on older female protagonists in genre, "older" in this case meaning age 40 and up. To date, we have the following recommendations from online or my own reading:

Part 1 A through M – see Part 2 for N-Z. All listings by author’s last name or creator name.


  • Isaac Asimov's Dr. Susan Calvin, robotics expert in I, Robot, etc.

  • Robin Wayne Bailey's Bloodsongs (Frost Saga, Vol. 3). Frost is a female warrior who spends most of the first two books as a young woman fighting supernatural battles. At the end of book 2, she settles down, retires and has kids. Bloodsongs has her coming back from retirement as a middle-aged woman to fight her biggest battles yet.

  • Elizabeth Bear's New Amsterdam, Lady Abigail Irene Garrett. Middle-aged female supernatural detective in steampunky NY, series of linked stories. See also Bone and Jewel Creatures and the Jenny Casey series (Scardown, etc.).

  • Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs and City of Blades (forthcoming). General Turyin Mulaghesh is a career soldier who gets brought in to deal with crises, military, magical and combinations of both. She’s one POV character in the first book but is a main character in the second.

  • Ruth Berman's Bradamant's Quest. Middle-aged female knight on a quest (sequel to Aristo's Orlando Furioso).

  • K.J. Bishop. “Vision Splendid” in Baggage: An Anthology of Australian Speculative Fiction.

  • Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls. Ista is a middle-aged dowager queen on a quest to combat a god-driven curse affecting multiple generations of her family. Also, Cordelia Naismith will be a protagonist in the forthcoming Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.

  • Suzy McKee Charnas, Dorothea Dreams. Magical realist novel with elderly artist protagonist.

  • C.J. Cherryh, Downbelow Station. Interstellar battleship commander Captain Signy Mallory negotiates battles and a complex political situation. Also, Ajiji-Dowager Illisidi in the Foreigner series.

  • Harry Connolly, A Key, An Egg, An Unfortunate Remark. Urban Fantasy. Vampire hunter  Marley Jacobs comes out of retirement to solve a supernatural murder.

  • "Fur" by Helen Cross in Wolf-Girls. A different spin on menopausal werewolves (an idea whose time has come!)

  • Suzette Haden Elgin's The Ozark Trilogy. Magic-working Grannies uphold the social order and dispense wisdom in a confederation of planets modeled on the Ozark culture of the southern Midwest. Responsible of Brightwater, protagonist - starts out younger and ages over the course of the books.

  • Carol Emschwiller's "Grandma" in Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories. An adolescent is inspired to take on her grandmother's superhero role.

  • Jasper Fforde, The Woman Who Died a Lot. Literary Detective Thursday Next enters middle age and a whole new set of adventures.

  • Karen Joy Fowler, Narrator of “What I Didn’t See.” What I Didn’t See and Other Stories by Karen Joy Fowler.

  • Teresa Frohock, Miserere. Multiple POV fantasy novel, including Rachael Boucher, who is in her forties.

  • Lisa Goldstein's Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon. Widowed bookseller Alice Wood works with Christopher Marlowe to rescue her son from Faerie.

  • Sally Wiener Grotta’s The Winter Boy features an older woman, Rishana, mentoring a young man to become one of their tribe’s leaders.

  • Barbara Hambly, Dragonsbane, Dragonshadow, Knight of the Demon Queen and Dragonstar. Middle-aged witch Jenny Waynest must contend with dragons, demons and threats to her loved ones.

  • Zenna Henderson, “The Deluge.” Old female alien experiences the end of her world.

  • Nalo Hopkinson's The New Moon's Arms. Calamity Lambkin, middle-aged POC protagonist in Caribbean setting, rescues a magical sea creature.

  • Janet Kagan's Mirabile, featuring Annie 'Mama' Jason Masmajean as an ecological troubleshooter on a colony world.

  • Katharine Kerr ‘s Lady Lovyan in Daggerspell. Also featured in other Deverry series novels.

  • Fruma Klass’s stories "The Way We Were" (Triangulation, 2015), includes seven characters (four women, three men) living in a retirement home for indigent old werewolves. "Jennifer's Turn" (in Gathering the Bones, 2005) features a 68-year-old woman dealing with Social Security in 2020.

  • Barbara Krasnoff's stories “Red Dybbuk” (Subversion); “The Seder Guest” (Crossed Genres 15) and “The History of Soul 2065” (Clockwork Phoenix 4) all feature older female protagonists.

  • Ursula Le Guin's "The Day Before the Revolution" in The Wind's Twelve Quarters. Laia Asieo Odo is an elderly anarchist leader whose ideas are about to come into fruition. See also Le Guin’s Four Ways to Forgiveness and the character Tenar in Tehanu

  • M.J. Locke’s Up Against It, includes Jane Navio as the colony resource manager on an asteroid colony. (Multiple POV).

  • Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff. Becca Thornton learns to embrace her inner, and outer, menopausal werewolf when she joins the local all-female werewolf pack.

  • R.A. MacAvoy's Tea with the Black Dragon. Middle-aged female protagonist goes on a quest with a magician who may also be a dragon.

  • Louise Marley's Mother Isabel Burke in The Child Goddess.

  • Vonda McIntyre's Snake in Dreamsnake. Older female healer in a post-apocalyptic world.

  • Patricia McKillip’s Iris in Solstice Wood (multiple POV). Also, arguably, Sel in The Tower at Stony Wood.

  • L. E. Modesitt, Jr., The Soprano Sorceress. Middle-aged college professor Anna Marshall finds herself in a parallel world where her musical talent gives her magical powers.

  • Elizabeth Moon's Remnant Population. Ofelia is an eighty-year old grandmother making first contact  with hostile aliens on a new world. See also Moon’s Serrano Legacy series, which feature a number of older women as POV/primary characters.

  • "Thin Spun" by Sunny Moraine in Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic Lakshmi is a wise woman, exiled from her people for having loved too well. Intriguing story of intergenerational cooperation and redemption.

  • Jenn Myers, All the Growing Things. Graphic novel about an elderly gardener named Maude who takes on monsters and solves mysteries.

End of part 1, A through M – see Part 2 for N-Z. All listings by author’s last name or creator name.



Part 2 for N-Z (see Part 1 for A-M). All listings by author’s last name or creator name.


  • Daniel José Older ,"The Passing" in Salsa Nocturna and Other Stories. Elderly Latina story keeper fights to keep stories alive and remembered.

  • Shannon Page and Jay Lake, Our Lady of the Islands. Fantasy with two middle-aged female protagonists.

  • Marge Piercy's Shira in He, She and It.

  • Gillian Pollack, Ms. Cellophane. Older female protagonist on fantastical journey of self-discovery.

  • Terry Pratchett's Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. The Wyrd Sisters, etc. are the two older witches (The Crone and The Mother) of Pratchett's wild popular trio of Discworld witches.

  • Rambo, Cat. "Grandmother: Farther Than Tomorrow." Short story about a century-old pirate called out of retirement to save her planet.

  • Richardson, E.E. Under the Skin and Disturbed Earth. Claire Pierce, head of the North Yorkshire Police Ritual Crime Unit, takes on the apocalypse and paranormal perils.

  • Robinson, Kim Stanley. Mars Trilogy, ensemble cast with older characters.

  • Joanna Russ' Abbess Radegunde in "Souls" (Extraordinary People). Older female protagonist who confronts a Viking attack on a medieval convent. Janet Evason in “When It Changed.” Middle-aged protagonist on all-female planet wrestling with the impact of the arrival of male astronauts from Earth.

  • John Scalzi's Old Man's War and others.Military SF series in which characters sign up for the Colonial Defense Forces in their sixties, never to return to Earth.

  • Felicity Shoulders, "Conditional Love." Asimov's, January, 2010.

  • Pamela Sargent’s “Heart Flowers.” Post-apocalyptic SF with old female protagonist.

  • Nancy Springer's Fair Peril, Larque on the Wing and Plumage. Middle-aged female protagonists exploring gender, aging and magic.

  • Starhawk, Fifth Sacred Thing. Post-apocalyptic novel with multiple viewpoint characters, including 98 year old Maya Greenwood.

  • S.M. Stirling's Captain Marian Alston-Kurlelo in Island of the Sea of Time, etc. Alternate history with an ensemble cast. Marian is the middle-aged African-American lesbian captain of a Coast Guard vessel brought to an alternate Nantucket.

  • Catherynne M Valente, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams. Elderly Japanese female hermit as the POV character.

  • Ursula Vernon, “Jackalope Wives” and “Pocosin” in Apex Magazine. Different older women protagonists in both; Grandma Harken in “Jackalope Wives” turns shapeshifter myths on their heads.

  • Jo Walton, My Real Children. Alternate history featuring two different versions of character Pat Cowan’s life, starting at its end when she is an elderly woman.

  • Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes. Middle-aged English spinster sells her soul to the devil in order to become a witch. Fantasy/satire

  • Freda Warrington, Midsummer Night. Multiple POV fantasy. Dame Juliana is an artist in her sixties struggling to gain mastery over her art and her powers.

  • Martha Well's Wheel of the Infinite. Maskelle is recalled from a long exile to save her world and the god she serves.

  • Cherry Wilder, “Mab Gallen Recalled.” Retired ship’s medical officer reminiscing about her life and previous events.

  • Connie Wilkins, “Windskimmer” in Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic. Two female magic users reunite to stop a magic-fueled environmental plague.

  • Liz William's The Ghost Sister. Female anthropologist comes into contact with a cultural outcast on a distant planet.

  • Terri Windling's The Wood Wife. Middle-aged woman discovers art and magic in the SW.

  • Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women edited by Kay Holt.

  • Wonder City Stories - Multiple POV. Renata Scott and Suzanne Feldstein. Interludes #1, 2, and 7 feature middle-aged or elderly women as leads (Lady Justice, the Fat Lady, and Pearl Wong, respectively).

  • Teresa Wymore, Darklaw. Erotic epic fantasy with two lesbian protagonists, one of whom is in her forties.

  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, “The Generalissimo’s Butterfly.” Cautionary Tales.

Also see this interesting list/discussions on Tor. Com: Where are the Older Women? And Older Women as Lead Characters in Urban Fantasy.
 as well as the following excellent and related essays
Where are the Wise Crones in Science Fiction? by Athena Andreadis, "Hands" by Kari Sperring and "No More Dried Up Spinsters" by Nancy Jane Moore. Harry Connolly also touches upon the difficulty of getting publishers to pick up novels with older female protagonists in his essay Helpless in the Face of Your Enemy.

And honorable mentions, since they are not protagonists, but are fairly unique in postapocalyptic sf, the matriarchal bikers in Mad Max: Fury Road.

I'll just leave this still of the matriarchal biker gang composed of older women right here:



Or maybe this one:



Cinematography is terrific, acting is terrific, pacing is nuts. Also, high level of violence, but no on camera rapes or overtly sexualized violence. Charlize Theron = utterly awesome. I will be seeing this one again.

May 10th, 2015

ComiqueCon 2015 Celebrating Women in Comics - a one day celebration of women comics creators in Dearborn, Michigan. Fundraising here.

A Feminist Deck - support the Kickstarter for a deck of playing cards featuring a bunch of cool women engaged in online activism around gaming, comics, development and more! Plus, nice art!

Dead Feminists - a letterpress print celebration of historical feminists including their words and deeds. This is a series of broadsheets (some of which are currently on display at the MN Center for Book Arts) and postcards by Jana's very talented colleague Chandler O'Leary and her collaborator, Jessica Spring. Gorgeous work, great women!

10 days left to support Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel Delany from Rosarium Press!

And finally, a boost for some interesting publishers that I just learned about, Valancourt Books, specializing in out of print Horror, Supernatural and Gothic titles, with a special imprint for gay horror titles. And perennial favorite, Hic Dragones, which is now producing ebooks of Victorian-era penny dreadfuls.

May 6th, 2015

Or, perhaps, another random collection of posts.

Friday night: went to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Skip if you're dying to see it and don't want to know what other people thought beforehand. I was seriously displeased with the way that Black Widow was portrayed and honestly thought the whole romance subplot was poorly setup and written. I mean, why? Where was this in the other movies? Also, really not keen on equating childless women with monsters. I tried to read this as all about the assassin thing, but in the context of the rest of the scene, it doesn't work. Womenfolk, childless by choice, menopausal, can't have kids for whatever reason? Monstrous. Right. To have this impression followed up by sexist comments on the part of Renner and Evans and Marvel's own CEO just confirms my suspicions that this was deliberate. I can't say Scarlet Witch did much for me as a character either. Apart from that, too much CGI to be carried by the occasional quip and feeble attempts at character development. Verdict: saw the other movies more than once, but won't be seeing this one again. Disappointing.

Saturday was packing up Mom's stuff and a visit to her, followed by going to Welcome to Night Vale at the Pantages Theater. This was pleasantly surreal, with some fine musical accompaniment and a jolly time was had by all. I'm not that familiar with the podcast so I can't speak to how it compares, but other audience members, including the Goth teens sitting next to us who informed us that they were hardcore fans, seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.

Sunday was Heart of the Beast's May Day Parade, the most awesome event heralding Spring in these here parts. It was fun and warm and I was on day 2 of a migraine so I got pretty woozy and didn't plan well. the event itself was lovely and I did a little better after drinking an iced tea under a shady tree while watching the sun get paddled over to the Tree of Life. I also thought the parade tribute to Black Lives Matter was terrific and much needed. Plus, got to see a friend I don't see anywhere near often enough.

Then it was back home to watch Page 8, part one of a British spy trilogy about MI5 agents, CIA torture camps and accounting. I've seen Parts 2 and 3, Turks and Caicos and Salting the Battlefield more than once - love the writing and the terrific performances by Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighe, Judy Davis and the rest of the cast. Seeing the first one is a completest thing since the same storyline and protagonist drive all three, but the sequels are highly recommended. After that, it was Wolf Hall on PBS.

So far this week, it's been erotic cyberpunk novel edits and article work and, the big part, meeting with a prospective business lawyer. This went well, so now it's all about paperwork and payment and me getting a detailed business plan in place. Send energetic thoughts!



May 2nd, 2015

#IndieBookstoreDay!

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Go forth and shop at your local independent bookstores! Here is a partial list of indie bookstores in the Twin Cities. Another one which includes the used bookstores (and some non-indie ones that you can shop at later if so inclined). And there's IndieBound for ordering online and finding yet more bookstores in your area. Indie bookstores (and other locally owned businesses) are good for the economy and good for you! Check them out!

April 29th, 2015

Writing Update

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Because despite everything, there is one.
  • I finished the hard copy edits to my erotic romance sf novel last night! My rewrite cycle: write, rewrite, edit on computer, run off in hard copy, do hard copy edits, enter them, cooling off period, work through again on computer, run off hard copy and edit again as needed. So it's like that except this is hopefully going to an editor this month. I can safely say that I like sections of it. But, hey, it is a completed novel that is now going to be a somewhat better novel and hopefully a better than that novel after the next round of edits and since life has not been conducive to completing anything, let alone a novel, so I'll take it. :)
  • My story, "Bluebeard's Wife," has been accepted for The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales, edited by Maxim Jakubowski and to be published by Constable and Robin later on this year. Really pleased, as this one was a fair amount of work and is weird enough that it would have been hard to place elsewhere. It is a historical dealing with Victorian attitudes about women as expressed in the mental landscape of an unnamed surgeon who is also Jack the Ripper. In my 2015, all Victorians, all the time, story list, it joins my Irene Adler/Professor Moriarty story "A Scandalous Calculation" in The Mammoth Book of Moriarty Adventures, same editor and publisher, to be released in the next month or two. And my queer Poe retelling, "The Mask and the the Amontillado" in Tales of the Unanticipated, TBR 2015. I also saw a reprint of my story  "Arachne" in Best Lesbian Erotica 2015. After this, I will try and get some of my fantasy, horror and sf work done and out the door, plus going back to the werewolves in Blood Moon which has been languishing in the meantime. And my article for Queers Destroy Horror, which is underway.
  • Other Me, Emily L. Byrne (my erotica/erotic romance writing self) has been having a good run this year, mostly in contemporary erotic and erotic romance. Emily has seen reprints of her stories "Wage Slave" in Bossier: More Productive Tales of Lesbian Lust  and "The Old Spies Club" in Spy Games: Spy Erotica, edited by Jillian Boyd. She's also seen her story "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid," in The Mammoth Book of Uniform Erotica, edited by Barbara Cardy, and has stories forthcoming in The Princess's Bride, edited by Sacchi Green (Cleis Press, TBD) and Summer Love, edited by Harper Bliss and Caroline Manchoulas  (Ladylit Publishing, 2015).
So, in short, I'm big in the UK and Hong Kong this year, since almost all these publishers and editor are based in one of those two areas. :-) At any rte, it's nice to see my short story blitz from the last few months pay off and it'll be lovely to get this book out the door to the editor, for a reality check, if nothing more. More stuff is in the offing and I hope to have more good news to share soon.

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April 24th, 2015

Miscellaneous things

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 It has been a WEEK, which has included the end of Hell Cold, a hellacious migraine and the decision to move my mother into longterm nursing care. She's just not coming back very well from her fall and the staff is very concerned about her reinjuring herself, which seems quite probable. Finances are still semi-hosed, of course, in the sense that I'm still trying to get a problem resolved which is now entering Month 4. We get to start cleaning out her apartment this weekend while trying to convince her this is just temporary. :-(

In other news, I'm concentrating on novel rewrites and my article for "Queers Destroy Horror," in the interests of keeping things sort of manageable. And on Monday, we get the windows cleaned and the sewer line evaluated for replacement. Sure to be good times. I'm doing a "Penny Dreadful" rematch this weekend for sanity preservation.

And signal boosting. One of the best things about living in Minneapolis is Heart of the Beast Theater's  annual May Day Parade and Festival. It's next weekend and I can hardly wait! In the meantime, they're looking for volunteers and donations so please help if you can. http://hobt.org/mayday/

The Con or Bust Auction is in full swing. Bid on the awesomeness!  http://con-or-bust.org/auction/

And as some of you know, I did a writing residency with acclaimed writer Samuel Delany a number of years back, so I'm pretty excited to see this new anthology in his honor. Support "Stories for Chip" and make it happen!



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