October 18, 2001: Cracking the science fiction mould

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Thursday, October 18, 2001
      Contact:  Dr. Penny Le Couteur at 604.986.1911, local 2454

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)--The Women’s Studies department at Capilano College presents a free lecture by award-winning science fiction author, Donna McMahon, on Thursday, November 8 at 12:30 p.m. in the Cedar building, room 148.

      Following the recent publication of her first novel, Dance of Knives, McMahon will discuss how women authors are quietly breaking into the male-dominated world of science fiction.
      "It may not be obvious on the shelves of Chapters yet, but science fiction is undergoing a quiet gender revolution," she says. "Most of the science fiction editors at the big New York publishing houses are women. More and more newly-published science fiction writers are female, and women are crowding into ‘how to break into science fiction’ workshops.
      "With this change is coming a major shift in perspective," the Vancouver author adds. "A genre previously preoccupied with guys, gadgets and guns is nowtaking a much more profound look at people, gender politics, social change, and the effects of technology on family."

      McMahon’s science fiction book review column found at On Spec magazine’s Web site was awarded in May an Aurora (Canadian science fiction award). That same month, her premiere novel was published by Tor books. It is an adventure set in 22nd century Vancouver after the big quake. New York Times book reviewer Gerald Jonas describes it as: "-- a technologically aware and emotionally wrenching twist on the old tale of Beauty and the Beast." The book is on sale at all major bookstores or at charelsmckeebooks.com. A hardcover copy retails for $36.96.

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