Mary Robinette Kowal

Please Support the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers

Like science in your science fiction?  Like stories set in space that aren’t full of errors?  Like to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science? Consider making a donation to the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers crowdsourcing project at Rocket Hub.  Alumni of the workshop are donating books for various donation levels, […]

The Clubhouse: Looking for fandom — ConFusion at 40, Part 4

Wherefore fandom? Fandom does not equal “the science fiction market.” To be a fan it’s not enough just to be a consumer of science fiction. To be part of fandom you have to participate in fandom as a community. You have to interact with other fans. You have to do fannish things. You cannot be […]

The Princess Bride: Is this a Kissing Book?

Crossroads: Is this a Kissing Book? SFF’s Relationship with Romance

Whenever I think of speculative fiction’s relationship to romance, I am always reminded of that scene in The Princess Bride where Fred Savage’s character interrupts his grandpa and – voice dripping with scorn – asks: “Is this a kissing book?” The implication is that romance is antithetical to the cool stuff at the heart of […]