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August 2014 ISSUE

The Issue of Gender in Genre Fiction: Conclusions

What is the situation with women in SFWA-qualifying science fiction short story markets? What proportion of publications are authored by women? What proportion of submissions are authored by women? Is science fiction significantly different from the other genres in these markets? Can we see any trends that might explain the differences between markets?
These were the [...]

July 2014 ISSUE

The Issue of Gender in Genre Fiction: Publications from Slush

The issue of representation of men and women in science fiction is one that has caused much discussion. There’s “The Count,” from Strange Horizons which looks at professional reviews of science fiction novels by gender, and a similar initiative by Lady Business for blog reviews. A common query when it comes to this issue of [...]

July 2014 ISSUE

The Issue of Gender in Genre Fiction: The Math Behind the Slush

Editor’s Note: Knowing that some people will be curious about the math behind Susan’s piece, we asked her to provide something a bit more technical for those more mathematically inclined among us.
Submissions Variation Between Markets
Hypothesis: There are no significant differences in gender ratios relationship between markets.
All Submissions
Chi Square: 248.94
Critical value at 99.9%: 34.53
I [...]

June 2014 ISSUE

The Issue of Gender in Genre Fiction: A Detailed Analysis

In 2013, Lightspeed Magazine announced a special, “Women Destroy Science Fiction” issue, written and edited solely by women. The issue was intended to challenge the misapprehension that women don’t write “real” science fiction. On reading this, my first thought was “cool.” My second thought was, “I wonder how women authors are currently represented [...]

June 2014 ISSUE

The Issue of Gender in Genre Fiction: The Math Behind it All

Editor’s Note: Knowing that some people will be curious about the math behind Susan’s piece, we asked her to provide something a bit more technical for those more mathematically inclined among us.
Key Points for Understanding

Publications refers to prose fiction published by a market, including reprints and solicited stories.
Each publication is treated [...]