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Иконописиконииконихолови гарнитуриI used to take great pride in keeping the Feminist SF Carnival going. Not just keeping my friends connected, but also being able to sustain meaningful conversation about such a niche subject as feminist analysis of genre fiction. That’s not easy to do.

Unfortunately, over the last couple years I’ve let it slide as my career’s become more and more demanding. Since at least January I’ve fully intended to ask around for another organizer to take over, but even that’s fallen by the wayside. I only really read a select few blogs anymore, so I don’t even know if there’s been drama and splits in the community. I don’t even know if I’ve been replaced in the meantime or if we’re going through an odd period of quiet or if the old gang has simply self-destructed while I wasn’t watching. As a result, I’ve been reticent about offering this up. I used to keep my finger on the pulse of the community–at least the comics portion–and it’s very weird to be so disconnected from everyone that I don’t know who would be able to do this, and would have the social skills/connections to keep everything together.

But I figure after reading that guy yesterday, and the reaction of disgust he got, and the idiocy responding to that disgust… There’ll be enough activity soon for a blog carnival on this subject.

I won’t be able to host or organize, though, and I don’t want to be the one occupying a slot that can be filled by an active person.

The organizer job involves finding a host, giving the host guidance on running a blog carnival, and promotion promotion promotion. You need to be diplomatic, attentive, passionate, obsessive, and on decent terms with the crew of Feminist SF — The Blog! because they’re associated.

So if someone wants to take this thing and run with it, email me.


Back in the Saddle

Where: Space Westerns: Sideshow (Announcement)
Whenrent a car bulgaria: November 2nd
How Long Until Submissions Close: Until October 28th
Who: Nathen E. Lilly submissions2018[AT]spacewesterns[DOT]com or the submission form
What: Women in Space Westerns

The 22nd Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction will be hosted on the Sideshow. Our specific topic suggestion: Women in Space Westerns. Send submissions (blogged between May 3rd, 2008 and October 28th, 2008) to Nathan E. Lilly. Additional submission information is available on the submissions page.

What is a Space Western? A simple definition: Western genre themes in Outer-space. Often, if the protagonist of the story could accurately be described as a Space Cowboy, then you’ve got a Space Western. A more serious definition is fiction that explores the effect that the frontiers of outer-space have on the human condition.

Space Westerns in film and television include (but are not limited to): Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Captain Video and the Video Rangers, Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Alien, Galaxy Rangers, Sabre rider and the Star Sheriffs, Marshal Bravestar, Space Hunter, Earth 2, Babylon 5, Farscape, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, Firefly/Serenity, Coyote Ragtime Show, Gun X Sword. Additional works in various other formats can be found at the (Nearly) Complete List of Space Westerns. If you have any questions about why a specific work was included, please feel free to contact me.

Female characters in Space Westerns include (but are not limited to): Wilma Deering, Dale Arden, Nurse Chapel, Lt. Uhura, Yeoman Rand, Princess Leia, Queen Amidala, Ellen Ripley, Lt. Athena, Medtech Cassiopeia, Serina, Cassiopeia, Devon Adaire, D’lenn, Faye Valentine, Radical Ed, Zoe Washburne, Inarra Sera, Kaylee Frye, River Tam, Wendy Garrett, Laura Roslin, Lt. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace, Lt. Sharon “Boomer” Valerii, Six.

Women writers of Space Westerns include (but are not limited to): C.L. Moore, Andre Norton, Leigh Brackett, and Jane Espenson.

The long hiatus is my own fault. I’ve made a sudden move across the ocean and am still settling down. Forgive the five-month break between issues. –R.

We’re back!

Honorable Denizens of Cyberspace! As your wayward Carnival Organizer, I humbly beg your forgiveness! I would have a long in-depth excuse as to why we have had such a long hiatus between carnivals, but it ultimately comes down to my neglecting my bloggerly duties in favor of icky RL responsibilities, and no one wants to hear the details of that. Sadly until such time as I learn to sustain my body purely on force of will or am able to download my consciousness directly into the blogosphere I’ll have to deal with the hassles and distractions of meatspace.

But never lose your faith, feminist fans of the fantastic, for I have returned with a volunteer to host the next edition!

I’m sure you all remember Skye, who is solid, liquid, and gaseous awesome.

So without further ado, the skinny on the 21st Edition:
Where: Heroine Content (Announcement)
When: May 1st
How Long Until Submissions Close: Until April 28th
Who: skyekilaen[AT]gmail[DOT]com or avengingophelia[AT]gmail[DOT]com or the submission form
What: Suggested theme is “Who Do You Love?” but all posts relevant to gender issues in speculative fiction will be gladly considered.

As our last edition was way back in February, the upcoming edition will accept submissions reaching back to February 7th.

And *ahem* I still need a host for the 22nd. Contact me if you’re up for it.

20th Carnival Submissions Call

Location: Podblack Blog
Submission Call: Feminist SF Carnival – 20!
Deadline: February 6th
Posting Date: February 8th

Send submissions to: podblack[at]gmail[dot]com or submission form.

19th Carnival Call for Submissions

Where: Girls Read Comics (And They’re Pissed)
When: January 5th
Deadline for Submissions: January 3rd
Contact: ten[dot]karen[at]gmail[dot]com and submission form

Submission Call

Notice: Accepting Volunteers to Host the 20th Carnival. Email Ragnellthefoul[at]hotmail[dot]com if interested.

18th Carnival Rescheduled!

Where: Trouble: More Than Bargained For
When: November 30th
Deadline for Submissions: November 28th
Contact: anna[at]annaoverseas[dot]com and submission form

Special Request:

I’ll be looking for any posts that fall into the idea of Feminist Sci Fi and Fantasy, but I’m hoping espeially to see a lot of posts on gaming this month – from Tabletop to LARP, from MMORG to MUDs, from Let’s Pretend to CCGs, anything that you’d define as gaming is of interest!

Notice: Accepting Volunteers to Host the 19th Carnival. Email Ragnellthefoul[at]hotmail[dot]com if interested.

18th Carnival Call for Submissions

Where: Not Anonymous
When: October 20th
Deadline for Submissions: October 17th
Contact: melodybar[at]gmail[dot]com and submission form

Notice: Accepting Volunteers to Host the 19th 18th Carnival. Email Ragnellthefoul[at]hotmail[dot]com if interested.

ETA 17 October 2007: Due to RL concerns, the 18th Carnival has been postponed.

17th Carnival Call for Submissions

Where: Spawn of Blogorrhea
When: September 26th
Deadline for Submissions: September 19th
Contact: lee[UNDERSCORE]kottner[AT]mindspring[DOT]com or submission form

Accepting Volunteers to Host the 18th Carnival. Email Ragnellthefoul[at]hotmail[dot]com if interested.

16th Carnival Call for Submissions

Where: True Confessions of an Hourly Bookseller
When: August 16th
Deadline for Submissions: August 13th
Contact: QMickle[at]gmail[dot]com or submission form

Accepting Volunteers to Host the 17th Carnival. Email Ragnellthefoul[at]hotmail[dot]com if interested.

Issue #14 Posted!

The 14th Carnival is up at Heroine Content, featuring the highlights of the Mass Comics Outrage of May 2007 and some of the more interesting things that I missed while following that.

I’ll be hosting the 15th Carnival myself on Feminist SciFi — The Blog! on July 1. Deadline for Submissions is June 29th. It will be a special Wiscon edition, so I’d like to get as many Wiscon reports as possible. I won’t be restricitng the content to just that, but I’d like a sizeable section on con writeups. Send them to my email address or use the submission form.