Women in The Daedalus Incident

I’m really very pleased to have had the opportunity to talk about the female characters in my debut novel, The Daedalus Incident. This comes courtesy of Justin Landon of Staffer’s Book Review, who was gracious enough to offer me a guest post today.

I’m quite conscious of the role women have played in the genre through the years. There’s been an evolution — one that’s come in fits and starts — of female roles in SF/F, from damsel-in-distress to outright protagonist. If we as authors are going to write about the future, it behooves us all to give genuine consideration to the evolution of women’s roles in whatever futures we come up with.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I hope that Daedalus does its little part in that evolution. Check out the guest post for more.

And I have to give Justin a great deal of thanks for his support of Daedalus over the past year. As he described a few months ago, Night Shade Books asked him to provide feedback of a couple of titles in their pipeline…one of which, I can now say, was mine. I didn’t know it at the time, but his ideas and insights likely helped shape the book into what it is today.

Given his role in Daedalus‘ path to publication, Justin didn’t feel right giving the book a full-on review, but he was kind enough to publish a “not review” in support of the book’s ebook launch, saying he really enjoyed it. He concludes:

…this is the right kind of novel to be the first from the new publisher of Night Shade titles. It is representative of the kind of fiction the list has been known for in the past, and hopefully will be known for moving forward.

Again, many thanks for everything, Justin.


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