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Steel engraving (993 x 71mm) for frontispiece to the revised edition of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, published by Colburn and Bentley, London 1831. The novel was first published in 1818. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daughters of Prometheus is a blog site dedicated to collating reviews (previously published and not) and links for women who write or have written science fiction in the 21st century. It is the direct descendant of Ian Sales’s extraordinary collection the SF Mistressworks.

Why Prometheus? Prometheus was a Titan, best known in Greek mythology for creating humanity from clay and then stealing fire from the über god Zeus to give to his mortal creations. If science fiction–as Sheri S. Tepper has suggested– is the genre of ideas than it is perhaps from that fire that all great science fiction ideas are born. We won’t mention the regenerating liver bit.

It is often cited, and sometimes debated, that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the first real work of science fiction. The novel was originally published with the subtitle ‘The Modern Prometheus‘. Like Prometheus, The main character Victor Frankenstein, creates life from nothing. So we SF writers often create life and meaning from nothing.

History: as this site was only launched on 9 April there isn’t much history to it. However, ever since Ian launched SF Mistressworks I’ve been wanting to do something similar for ‘modern’ works of SF written by women. I was finally prompted to take the plunge and launch this site after attending a couple of great panels–including the ‘suppressing women in publishing’ panel–at the 2012 EasterCon where the question was posed “what more can be done to promote women in SF?”. After a brief discussion with Ian Sales and Kev McVeigh I decided there was no time like the present.

Purpose: I won’t aim to judge or define works as classics on this site. It is, instead, a place to collect the discussions about the works of science fiction being written today.

Submissions: If you have written a review of any work of science fiction published (not self-published) between 1999 and the present day (whatever day it is) and written by a woman, then please send it to me. You may also send reviews of new works or previously unpublished reviews of works published in that period. We do accept more than one review of the same work (though not by the same reviewer).

send all reviews to: michaela [.] staton [@] gmail.com Please make sure to put DOP in your subject line so I know what it is.

Guidelines: reviews must be a minimum length of 500 words. If it is a new review please make sure you’ve had it spell/grammar/sense checked we will do our best to fix any errors when we can.

Reviews must be of science fiction (no YA) only. That is: futurism, technology, space, aliens, time-travel, dystopia, post-apocolypse, alternate realities and other worlds. It is not: paranormal, horror, fantasy or urban fantasy (though some of our submission qualify as such). Genre can sometimes be a bit subjective so every review will be considered carefully. Some reviews may be posted of works that others will debate about their validity as SF and perhaps it will spark some interesting discussions!

Our aim is promote women writers specifically in SF so although I do have some rules e.g. no YA or self-published works at the moment, I’m not being overly prescriptive withe genre definitions.

About the editors:

Michaela Staton is a writer of science fiction. Originally from New York City, she currently lives and works in London. Michaela is also the founder of The Cola Factory, a speculative fiction writing group that meets monthly in London. She has been known to be found mainly in the bar with the likes of Neil Williamson and Ian Sales at conventions.

Ian Sales reads, writes and reviews science fiction. He has had short fiction published in the magazines Jupiter, Postscripts and Alt Hist; and the anthologies Catastrophia, Vivisepulture, The Monster Book for Girls and Where Are We Going?. He edited the anthology Rocket Science for Mutation Press, and has had published a novella, Adrift on the Sea of Rains. He reviews books for Interzone, is represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency, and has been known to be found mainly in the bar with the likes of Michaela Staton and Neil Williamson at conventions.

7 Responses to “About”

  1. Jenni April 10, 2012 at 12:29 #

    Great plan! This is a very welcome sister site to SF Mistressworks – thanks for doing this.

    A couple of questions though: why no YA? and why not any self-published works? I imagine you wouldn’t want fanfic (fair enough, plenty of places for that) but I have recently read an extremely good duology of science fiction books by Ankaret Wells that I think would be well worth bringing to wider attention.

    • Jenni April 10, 2012 at 13:53 #

      Sorry, I should have clarified that the duology by Ankaret Wells was self-published.

      • mestaton April 12, 2012 at 18:29 #

        Hi Jenni, the main reason for not doing either is the amount of content I can predict that will flood my way. So at the moment I am concentrating on more traditional streams. One mountain at a time! It’s possible that in the future I will open it up to both.

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