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Saturday, May 28 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Are expectations of female characters in SF/F too high and unrealistic? LIMITED

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Female characters have become more and more common in SF/F, and everyone seems to have an opinion on how they should be written – people talk about writing strongly characterized women, rather than just strong women, and then someone inevitably turns up and uses the phrase “men with breasts”. It’s quite obvious that the characterization of women in SF/F receives more critical attention from readers. Do the subconscious biases which affect women in real life, translate to fictional characters?

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Karin Gastreich

KARIN RITA GASTREICH writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. Her publications include an epic trilogy, ‘The Silver Web’, and a dark fantasy, ‘The Hunting Grounds’. An ecologist by training, Karin is a recipient of the Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency. She loves flamenco dance.

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Jeni Frontera

J. R. Frontera's love of science fiction and fantasy originated with her early exposure to the worlds of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Dune. Exploring the potential and pitfalls of future or fantastical worlds is a temptation she's just never been able to resist. She lives in rural Missouri with her husband, son, and a random assortment of four-legged friends, and writes mostly speculative fiction with a side of love story. She has... Read More →
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Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong is a speculative fiction writer who lives in the southern wilds of the Kansas City Metro with her husband, two cats, and hermit crabs. She grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Batman. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. It’s hard to contain the infinite, it just doesn’t work. Eventually it had to come out. She started her creative career with poetry and animation... Read More →

Marguerite Reed

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas Marguerite Reed spent the majority of her childhood with her nose in a book or exploring backyards and pony pastures. Before she got into middle school she decided she would be a writer. After years trying to wrap her head around the craft, she sold her first short story, "Bearing Witness" to Strange Horizons. In 2015 her first novel, Archangel, was published by Arche Press, a division of Resurrection House... Read More →

Saturday May 28, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Van Horn A 2345 McGee Street · Kansas City, Missouri, 64108

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