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Kameron Hurley: Always Fighting

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Author Kameron Hurley received two Hugo Awards last weekend: Best Fan Writer and Best Related Work.  The related work was the first blog post ever to win the award, “We Have Always Fought’: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative,”  So far, I haven’t read anything more deserving of recognition.

Let’s just put it this way: if you think there’s a thing – anything – women didn’t do in the past, you’re wrong.

You should read it.  Everyone should.  If you’re not into reading, which would be weird since you’re here in this untidy corner of the web, there’s a recording of Hurley reading it in her powerful, compelling voice here.

It could almost be the theme for the 2014 winners.  Women won more than half of the awards.  Mary Robinette Kowal won Best Novelette for “The Lady Astronaut of Mars.”  And Ann Leckie won Best Novel for Ancillary Justice, which I can’t just link.  I’ll share my thoughts on it soon.

Hurley’s first trilogy, The Bel Dame Apocrypha, a science fantasy noir, is maybe one of the best ways to spend your KindleUnlimited trial.

Her next novel, Mirror Empire, arrives Tuesday, though many retailers are shelving it early because of the awards.  We’ll be reviewing it as soon as we’re able.

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