In case you missed it a few months ago, Lightspeed magazine (oh, I love it so) had a Kickstarter to have a special women-focused issue. Most Lightspeed issues feature 4 or so original science fiction short stories, a similar number of original fantasy short stories, a few reprints, and a novella (if you purchase it). You can read most of the stories online for free, and they make terrific podcasts of a lot of the stories. I've fallen in love with audiobooks because of their podcast.
Anyways, the update is here, and the Table of Contents for the Women Destroy Science Fiction! issue is out! It looks AMAZING! So if you didn't back it but like science fiction and, well, women, I hiiiiighly recommend keeping an eye on this issue and purchasing the digital copy when it comes out. There will probably be a bunch of stories for free as well, and there is a list of podcasts scheduled, which are always free so far.
In case you weren't excited enough, the Kickstarter was so insaaaanely successful that they got their stretch goals - there is also a Women Destroy Fantasy! edition AND a Women Destroy Horror! edition coming out in October!! My gosh. So exciting. If you backed at the $5 level you got ALL of that, which I did, so I am terribly excited.
Highlights from the ToC!!!
- Stories that have really cool/promising titles, like "A Word Shaped Like Bones" by Kris Millering, "In the Image of Man" by Gabriella Stalker, "The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick" by i09's very own Charlie Jane Anders, "The Lonely Sea in the Sky" by Amal El-Mohtar (ELEVEN original short stories in total!)
- Really intriguing nonfiction titles, like "Women Remember" by Mary Robinette Kowal, "How to Engineer a Self-Rescuing Princess" by Stina Leicht, and "Screaming Together: Making Women's Voices Heard" by Nisi Shawl
- Personal essays such as "Science Fiction: You're Doin' It Wrong" by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, "We Are the Army of Women Destroying SF" by Sandra Wickham, "I Wanted to be the First Woman on the Moon" by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley and literally over a dozen other cool looking essays
According to the Kickstarter, the "Women Destroy" part of this title is that EVERY AUTHOR and the EDITOR and the ILLUSTRATORS and EVERYONE is a woman. There is at least one male name on there, but apparently it's a pen name and her real name is in brackets. It looks like there are over forty women involved in this project, and I'm just speechless. (Well, evidently not, considering this long post, but you know what I mean.) This is incredibly exciting for women in sci-fi, women who are frustrated with the lack of women in sci-fi, and people who just like good sci-fi!!