Geeks, I have some excellent news for you. A crop of female authors is currently rocking the world of written sci-fi, proving some of the musty old stereotypes about the genre false. From The Independent:
The only problem with the piece is the fact that a shot of Jane Fonda as Barbarella is used as an example of a bad thing (sexist stereotypes), whereas I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the cult 1960s flick. To each her own.
While I have an inkling that some of this is due to JK Rowling‘s (of Harry Potter fame) and Stephenie Meyer‘s (the Twilight series, no matter what I personally think of it) enormous success, it’s wonderful to see more female voices being taken seriously in the genre. I can’t wait to read them – especially if they contain, you know, female heroes and villains to admire.
On a sadder note – at least for gamers – game magazine/website GamePro was shuttered yesterday, as was the smaller (and by all accounts quirkier) GameSetWatch. GamePro was one of the sturdiest and longest-running publications in the business, and the site had just netted some of its best traffic ever – but unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to keep the ship afloat. The Weekly Geek salutes all of the writers and designers that gave us 22 years of awesome.