The #LadyVaults Book Club & Readalongs

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In which I’m starting The #LadyVaults Book Club & Readalong. Join me for a good time exploring the lady vaults of science fiction and fantasy history!

Red Magician readalong runs throughout September.
Use #LadyVaults on twitter.
Lady Vaults Goodreads group –

Things mentioned:
How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ –
The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy –
The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein –

Where else to find me:
Channel art by Luke Oram –

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41 Responses

  1. Cheryl Holsonbake says:

    Don’t forget to put Octavia Butler’s works in the #ladyvaults

    And, my all time fav SFF writer, Lois McMaster Bujold. She’s been writing spec fiction since the mid-1980s.

  2. Common Touch of Fantasy says:

    Sounds great, I just placed a hold on it.

  3. Mel's Bookland Adventures says:

    Oh yes, please 🙂

  4. Gnosister says:

    YES! Here for it!

  5. Elizabeth Fitzgerald says:

    I'd perhaps also suggest The Courier's New Bicycle by Kim Westwood. It's by an Australian author and made the Tiptree honour list back when it came out.

  6. yesmissjane says:

    So excited to hear what you have to say about Pat Murphy and The City, Not Long After. And off I go to see if my library has The Red Magician!

  7. WomanVsBooks says:

    Cool… I'll be joining ☺

  8. Cynthia Desgagné says:

    Your introduction echoed one of my favourite quotes from The Memoirs of Lady Trent, was it on purpose?
    I'm really interested in joining this book club, but I expect I'll have trouble finding the books (I'm living in Quebec and English books are rather rare). I'll do my best.

  9. Zuzana Semesova says:

    Anything from grace draven. That woman is an amazing writer. Not scifi tho,more fantasy – ish.

  10. machinaheart says:

    It's wonderfully exciting for me, too! And I look forward to taking part in the book club and join your readalongs!!
    (Also, I love how slightly naughty Ladybaults sounds, delicious ;3)
    [And, I'd love a Discord or Goodreads group as I find twitter with its aggravating algorithms exhausting and it can be hard to follow and have discussions with more than one person[

  11. Kitty G says:

    You know I'm super excited to see how this works out 🙂

  12. Elizabeth Fitzgerald says:

    Oh, how exciting! I'm very much looking forward to this. I might have to skip the first one, though. The Red Magician looks like it's going to be hard to get my hands on.

  13. Morgan Janine says:

    Thinking of science fiction and fantasy from the before-now, maybe you should add A Romance of Two Worlds by Marie Corelli to your Lady Vault. Corelli was a prolific and popular author in the nineteenth century–she focused on incorporating the scientific achievements of her time (especially electricity, evolutionary theories, and advancing medical care) in narratives that made them more purposeful amidst social and spiritual endeavors. Modern readers may find her style clunky or awkward or dated, but she made fantastic additions to the genre.

  14. unfabgirl says:

    This has made my day. I always find it a bit funny that that has tended to happen with female sci-fi writers, considering many argue that the founder of science fiction is Mary Shelley. And then people assume that women didn't get back into writing sci-fi until the last few decades. Logic? Anyone? (Sorry if I sound like I'm ranting, this just always bugs me.) Anyway, I wish you luck with this. It sounds quite fun.

  15. Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew says:

    I'd like to recommend The Mummy, Tales of the 22nd Century by Jane Loudon. It's pre-Victorian, so doesn't really count as contemporary writers, but I've never seen anyone talk about it. It's set in, as you'd guess, the 22nd century and there's a voting system, a queen (remember this was before Queen Victoria), and women wearing trousers. It's got comedy, horror, hot air balloons, and an evil mummy. It is one of my favourite scifi books

  16. Kathy Trithardt says:

    This sounds fab. Is there a central place for discussion? Live show (or another type of "due date") for each book? How far ahead have you scheduled?

  17. N C says:

    I am so on board with this!

  18. Starrkg77 says:

    I’m definitely in! Will there be a place where we can see all of the ladies, even the ones that are not selected. Something like a real lady vault?

  19. mjdowens says:

    I am all set for this one. Just got my kindle copy. Cannot wait for discussions. Thank you for putting it out there for anyone to join in.

  20. Books and Sundry says:

    Yay! The Lady Vault is back. So excited!!

  21. tortoise dreams says:

    Besides the obvious … C.L. Moore, Joanna Russ, Andre Norton, CJ Cherryh, Anne McCaffrey, Marge Piercy, Leigh Brackett, Kate Wilhelm, Tanith Lee, Vonda McIntyre, Joan Vinge, Judith Merrill, & I'd like to second James Tiptree! I assume MZ Bradley is radioactive …

  22. Aimée Anders says:

    Such a good idea! Unfortunately I can't find a physical copy in the (online) shops where I buy my books, but I found it in ebook format, so I think that will have to do for now 😉 I'm excited and can't wait for it to start and commence my education 😀

  23. Caroline Denise says:

    Yay! I loved the Lady Vaults, so happy to see its revival. 🙂 The only one (shame on me) that comes to mind is Sherry S. Tepper (The Gate to Women Country, Grass…).

  24. Ju Transcendancing says:

    Shannah Jay, Juliet Marilliar, Kate Forsyth, Marianne de Pierres, all have older books overlooked or that fell by the wayside, or that were under appreciated

  25. Toria Richards says:

    Can put in a plea for my favourite female Sci fi author Kathleen Ann Goonan. She often gets over looked both; when people talk of hard science fiction writers and Female authora

  26. Toria Richards says:

    What a great idea. Since, my main aim for the end of 2018 beginning 2019 is to focus on women writers, I am interested in taking part.

  27. Edwina Spook says:

    This sounds excellent! 🙂 I'm in! I'm not so fond of the Fantasy in "SFF", but I'll definitely give the first selection a try. 🙂

  28. Captain Book says:

    I love this idea!

  29. Isabel Alcuaz says:

    this is such a good idea! will definitely be following along

  30. FinalBlowJoe says:

    I like this idea. Tiptree and Tepper are two authors who immediately spring to mind.

  31. Bill Foster says:

    OK, so I have 'The Red Magician' on my Kindle now – don't forget to give us a heads up before you do your video on it next month.

  32. Britta Böhler says:

    Fantastic idea!! And as suggestions: André Norton, C.L. Morton & Joanna Russ.

  33. BreeReadsBooks says:

    We should read he she and it by marge piercy

  34. metamorphoses says:

    Oh that's a great idea! I mostly read (very) recent stuff but if it's by women I can totally give older sff a try! I'll most likely do that first readalong! ^^

  35. shelby cat says:

    This sounds like a fabulous idea! I'm really interested in reading books like this.

  36. The Book Finch says:

    This sounds like the kind of fun I want to be a part of! Sometimes it can be so daunting to dive into older SFF, there just so much there. Having a group to read along with makes it a less terrifying experience. 🙂

  37. Carbaes says:

    It would be great to have a place where we can comment freely all these books!

  38. fuzzydragons says:

    I'm reading Swastika Night by Katharine Burdekin because its going to be part of my masters course (I think). I had never heard of the book or her before (bad sci fi fan lol :p). so far its an interesting read and another alternate history take on what if the nazis (and Japan) had won and the religious cult that develops around Hilter. Also how women are treated in this world (like cattle really).

  39. Laura Brand says:

    I love this so much!! I definitely want to read many more female sci-fi authors and can't wait to join in. A favourite so far that has stuck with me (though not all that old) is Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, so wonderful!

  40. Infinite Text says:

    James Tiptree Jr!!

  41. Anna says:

    YES! I miss MSP! I really enjoyed hearing you talk about the books having read them at the same time.

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