Linnea Sinclair and Jacqueline Lichtenberg, science fiction extrordinaires both, headed up an interesting discussion over at http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com on Monday and Tuesday (5/21 & 5/22/07.) The main topic was the Intimate Adventure. Check out Jacqueline's website http://www.simegen.comfor an article providing a thorough explanation of Intimate Adventure in storytelling. The conversation moved into empowering women when Michelle Moran was mentioned concerning a story on her blog recently. http://michellemoran.blogspot.com
This all inspired today's commentary, Science for Girls & Other Smart People. The reason I love science, science fiction, and science fiction romance is because it empowers the reader. In magical stories, the reader might think, "Oh, I wish I could do that!" In science fiction, the reader can believe, "I WILL do that!" Yet, even today in this country girls are socialized away from pursuing education and careers in science and the mathematics. At about the Middle Grade level, the pressure is on to mold them into creatures solely for the selfish use of others. The human heart needs love. If a girl doesn't get a healthy love from family, friends, and mentors, she can fall prey.
There is something we can do. We can empower girls and young women all over the world with a strong belief in their own value and worth and rights as human beings. We can do that in many ways. One way is through science. (check out the book featured above)
Quick, can you name a science fiction novel with a 12 year old girl as the protagonist? Why do you suppose that is?
Women Science Fiction and Science Fiction Romance authors sometimes puzzle over their small ranks. Here's my suggestion: band together and support an organization which encourages girls in science and math. Girls who love science love science fiction and grow up to love Science Fiction Romance. Yet, social pressure weeds them out before they ever get a chance to enjoy your novels. ;)