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Hugo nominations are open and quite few people on my reading list are talking about what they plan to nominate. This year the Lodestar Award for Best YA book finally has name and I get little trill when I see people calling it the Lodestar. It is really truly lovely to see something I worked on behind the scenes out in the world.

For those of you who are nominating and would like some resources to help I have some links.

First my friends and [community profile] ladybusiness have spreadsheet of eligible works. This open source so if your favorite isn't there please add it!

A.C. Wise maintains a very helpful list of eligibility and recommendation posts.

There's also this page that lists writes eligible for John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

And this page lists things that are eligible for semiprozine though they don't seem to have updated in a bit.

Have any other useful resources? Please share! Also I'm happy to answer technical questions about how the Hugos work or about WSFS (the org that runs worldcon and the Hugos)
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As fun 2018 wrap up I wanted to talk about my favorite fictional moms that I encountered in 2018. As many Most of these are from 2018 media but not all of them.

The mom in “Flow” by Marissa Lingen
This story was one of the standouts of 2018 short fiction for me and one of the reasons was the main character’s relationship with her mom. It starts out quite with the mom playing less prominent role than the dad. However by the end of the story the main character and the reader come to appreciate the mother and the caretalking she does.

Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl in Steven Universe
I love that there are so many moms in Steven Universe! These three are Steven’s adoptive moms also magical gems who go on adventures with Steven. I love that they are shown having very different parenting styles, and sometimes making mistakes but still get to be shown as good parents.

Ekaterin in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga
So Bujold has several characters who are moms but I want to focus on Ekaterin because she’s the main character of The Flowers of Vashnoi, a novella that came out this year. I love Bujold’s other moms but they get most of recognition as awesome mom characters where Ekaterin doesn’t get talked about as much. Despite this Ekaterin is the mom we see interacting with her children during their childhood the most. I really loved Ekaterin’s relationship with her son Nikki. Sadly for me Nikki doesn’t feature much the new novella but it was still nice to see a story about someone being a parent to small children and having an adventure.

Tessa and Isabel in Record of a Space Born Few by Becky Chambers
This book had multiple viewpoint characters and two of them were moms! Tessa is the mother of young children and the one we see struggling with practical parenting choices. But I also really liked Isabel who’s an archivist and grandmother (and married to another woman, incidentally.)

Dr. Mensah form the Murderbot Novellas by Martha Wells.
Ok maybe this strange one because it's barely mentioned that Dr Mensah, the human leader from the 1st novella who Murderbot forms a relationship with, is a parent, but that’s exactly what I liked about how she’s written -- being a mom is something she does but it doesn’t take up her whole life and it doesn’t stop her from having adventures.

Queen Angela in She Ra and the Princesses of Power
I’m always pleased these days to see a mom character in fiction, so I was excited to meet queen Angella even when in her first scene it's clear that her relationship with her daughter Princess Glimmer can be rocky. It's nice to see Angela and Glimer work on their issues over the course of the first season. Also I love that Angela is so fierce and protective. And she has awesome looking wings!

I still have bunch of mom books that people recommended to me to check out as well. Plus I’ve got In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard, which is a dark f/f retelling of beauty and the beast where the beast is dragon with teenage children, in my ereader waiting for me. And I just started Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night by Katherine Fabian and Iona Datt Sharma which has mom as viewpoint character -- so far I’m really loving it.

Did you consume any media with great moms in 2018? I’d love to hear about it!
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In 2018 I finally started watching TV by myself. That's something I’d been reluctant to do for years, possibly out of a misplaced snobiness, I don’t know why really. But having not watched much TV until recently means there’s been a lot of good stuff for me to catch up on so I’ve been really enjoying the process. Here’s a run down of all the shows I watched this year in roughly chronological order. I’m including links to any write ups I did during the year -- a few of these are proper reviews but others are critical looks at topics that caught my attention.

Show: Great British Bake Off (GBBO)
Other thoughts: This the first show I watched by myself is very long time. It's very relaxing show with lots of cake and people helping each other so it was good way to ease myself into TV watching.

Show: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Write Up:Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4 Thoughts and Feelings (Yes for some reason I only wrote about season 4 even though now we are in the middle of season 7)
Standout Episodes: “Yesterday’s Enterprise”, “The Measure of a Man”, “Lower Decks”, “Relics”, “Face of the Enemy”
Other thoughts: This is what R and I have been watching together. I’m enjoying the optimistic future, but still wish the women got to be awesome more often. Though Troi has gotten better since they started putting her in a standard uniform. I’m still really into all the random arts and crafts. And Data being baffled, baffled Data is the best Data.

Star Trek: Discovery, Steven Universe, Avatar: the last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Yuri!!! On Ice, Stuff I’ve watched with my toddler )

Given that almost everything on this list is animated I guess I quite like animation which isn't something I hadn't really thought about until recently. But it's nice to know that about myself now.

I have several more things I want to watch soonish. First I want to finish watching Korra and I also want to watch The Dragon Prince and Hilda. Maybe I'll try some live action shows too. And I want to get caught up with GBBO so I can talk to my officemates about it. R and I are almost done watching TNG and when we get done we plan to watch Voyager -- though we might take a short break between the two shows.

What TV did you enjoy in 2018? What do think I should be watching?
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Happy new year everyone! As part of my looking back at 2018 I wanted to talk about some of the SFF criticism I wrote and read over the year.

Here’s two things I worked on in 2018 that I’m still really proud of:

Where Have All the SFF Moms Gone?

Short & Sweet Roundtable Discussion: Short Fiction Reading Habits Thanks so much to all my rountable participants! I hadn't done something like this and you all made it easy and fun! Plus you were all so insightful.

I also wrote Short and Sweet a quarterly(ish) collum for Lady Business, and for the 1st half of the year did approximately monthly short fiction rec posts here on my journal.

Now I want to remember some of the excellent criticism that other people wrote in 2018.

First here’s three really good essays about domestic labor/motherhood in SFF:

Writing While Woman: Mothering in SFF by Tiffany Meuret

“In The Far and Dazzling Future, People Are Still *People*”: A Round-Table on Domestic Space Opera

Aliette de Bodard on Motherhood and Erasure

I’m so happy that people are talking about these important issues that are dear to my heart! I hope people write even more about this in 2019!

Next there's these two really different but really good essays on disability disability in the Vorkosigan Books:

Sergeant Bothari and Disability Representation in the Early Vorkosiverse by Rose Lemberg and

Miles Vorkosigan and “Excellent Life Choices”: (Neuro)Divergence and Decision-Making in Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga by Ira Gladkova (full disclosure: I read this is draft)

And a couple of things that don’t really fit into a category:


The Seduction of Numbers, the Measures of Progress by Marissa Lingen This an excellent take on different types of progress and how they are treated in science fiction.

LITCRIT FROM ANOTHER PLANET: Ursula K. Le Guin, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction (1986) is really good discussion of an essay that’s personally very meaningful to me and my journey as a critic.

What online criticism did you enjoy in 2018? I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of things since I tend to read this type of thing haphazardly. So I'd love to hear about your favorites -- or things you wrote.
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This year I’ve formatted the questions I generally try to answer about my end year in books in a more meme-ish format. I think it will be handy for me next year. Feel free to take these questions and answer them yourself (or modify them) if you want.

Books Read:123 (according to goodreads -- but I didn’t record some of the shorter comics I read this year because they were so quick to read.)
nonfiction: 16
oldest book: Citizen 13660 by Mine Okubo
Most recent book: Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
Books by non-white authors: 37 (30% !!!)
Graphic stories: 30
Novellas: 11
Highlights: Wells & Wong Mysteries by Robin Stevens, The Hidden Witch by Molly Ostertag, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Provenance by Ann Leckie
So how about those reading goals?: So for 2018 I had bunch of reading goals and I only completed one of them. My goals where:
1)Read 24 books by new to me non-white authors
2)read 10 scholarly books
3)reread 20 books -- because I need to remember not to always rush after the new shinny things
4)read one book more than 100 years old

The 1st one is the one that I finished! But it was so hard because I’ve been avoiding reading dark things and POC have hard time publishing cheerful books. But it's probably why I did so well on my percentage of books by non-white authors. For 2017 I read 21% POC so 30% is big jump! As for the other goals I read 6.5 scholarly books, reread 12 books, and didn’t read anything more than 100 years old.

What are your goals for 2019? Given that I didn’t do great at my 2018 goals I’m going to scale down a bit. I think that if I don’t push myself I won’t read as many books by non-white authors as I’d like so I’m going set a goal of 30 books by non white authors with 40 as stretch goal. And I’m sad that I’m not reading all the interesting non-fiction that I want to get to so I’m going to set a goal of reading 15 non-fiction books (with 20 as a stretch goal) and try to worry less about how scholarly they are.

I’ve got started working on a couple of other 2018 in review posts about media I consumed so expect to see those in the next couple days. I might also do a favorite short SFF of 2018 post but seeing as I haven’t read much short SFF in the second half of 2018 I have so caughting up to do so if that happens it will be in a month or two.
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So it's been a long time since I’ve done a short fiction post (I used to do one of these about once a month) but I’ve been reading a little bit of short fiction lately and I wanted to share some.

“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho I was very excited that Zen Cho had published a new story, I love her stores so much and this one lived up to my expectations! It about Imagi and remaking your life when things don’t go as planned.

“Say it with mastodons” by Marissa Lingen A very short story about love and love and soil science.

“Compulsory” by Martha Wells New Murderbot story! Full of Murderbot goodness. If you are a Murderbot fan already you'll enjoy this little piece of its history, and if you aren’t a Murderbot fan yet this would be fine place to start.

The Thing About Ghost Stories by Naomi Kritzer Ok this a sad story about a dead mom but I’m recing it despite that because I loved it anyways. It really resonated with me.It's about a folklorist who has recently lost her mother to alzheimer's disease, and goes around collecting ghost stories. So it's also a story about why we tell ghost stories and dealing with lost.
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1) Aliette de Board on Motherhood and Erasure is now live!

2)over at [community profile] ladybusiness we are celebrating RecMas where a variety of people post recs to create a themed rec list every day from Dec 1- 25. I've taken part in quite a few of the lists so far.

3)Welcome new and returning people!

4)Happy Hanukkah everyone! So far I'm having a very nice holiday with plenty of food fried in oil.
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1)The Bay Area was full of smoke form wildfires to the north for about two weeks. It was very unpleasant. We had to keep the kid inside and E who is in her 70s and has some breathing problems got quite sick. We were able to plan a last minute escape to Morro Bay where we spent two nights. I saw many sea otters! We hung out on the beach which was lovely, and E slept a lot and has recovered. So I'm really glad we had the time and money to do that

2) Our Thanksgiving was nice. I hosted for my family, and my turkey came out well. I still miss being in the UK or grad school and having peers to invite but its nice to have the family too.

3) I'm one of many people over at Lady Business discussing our anticipated books for 2019.
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Aliette De Bodard has published a list of SFF mothers written by people of colour and indigenous people based on recommendations she got on twitter while working on an article. I'm excited to read the article when it's published but in the meantime I thought my readers would enjoy this list.
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I just watched Avatar: the Last Airbender for the first time. It was great! I loved the characters and how they grew and changed over the show. I also loved all the attention to wordbuilding details like building styles and food. I have some thoughts about how the show depicts traditional femininity and domestic labor that I wanted to share.

Spoilers )
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Are you having a hard day today? Me too. So I've written a post about my favorite comforting short fiction over at Lady Business in case a short escape into another world will help. Take care of yourselves everyone.
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In response to
“Where have all the SFF Moms Gone?”
I got a ton of recs for SFF with moms both in the comments and on twitter. So I thought I’d compile them all in one place for future reference. Most of these recs came with some commentary but I’m just going to list titles here. I’ll put the person who rec’ed the work afterwards in parentheses

Before I get to the fiction I want metion Tiffany Meuret’s great essay “Writing While Woman: Mothering in SFF” if you liked my piece you should go read this one too!

Now to the list!

Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews ([twitter.com profile] capek_kate)
The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (me)
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs ([twitter.com profile] kklein1686)
Raven Duology by Patricia Briggs (Sandstone, [twitter.com profile] quartzen)
Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold (me)
Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card ([personal profile] cahn)
Record of a Space Born Few by Becky Chambers (me)
Foreigner Novels by C.J. Cherryh ([personal profile] krait)
"Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang ([personal profile] cahn)
The Jan Xu Adventures by J. Damask (Judith Tarr [twitter.com profile] dancinghorse)
Xuya Universe Series by Aliette de Bodard ([personal profile] dolorosa_12)
The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard ([personal profile] dolorosa_12)
Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott (Katharine Kerr [twitter.com profile] Kit_Kerr)
Court of Fives trilogy by Kate Elliott ([personal profile] dolorosa_12)
“Wild Ones” by Vanessa Fogg ([twitter.com profile] MariaHaskins)
“Firstborn” by Maria Haskins,( [twitter.com profile] FoggWriter)
Armed in Her Fashion by Kate Heartfield (Kate Heartfield [twitter.com profile] kateheartfield)
The Humours of Grub Street by Kate Heartfield (out next year) (Kate Heartfield [twitter.com profile] kateheartfield)
The Rolling Stones/Space Family Stone by Robert Heinlein ([personal profile] fred_mouse)
Dune by Frank Herbert ([personal profile] rosefox)
Quarters books by Tanya Huff ([personal profile] rosefox)
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones ([twitter.com profile] kklein1686)
The works of C. Michelle Jefferies (C. Michelle Jefferies)
The works of N.K. Jemisin ([twitter.com profile] MariaHaskins),
Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin ([personal profile] cahn)
Nola O'Grady seriesby Katherine Ker (Katharine Kerr [twitter.com profile] Kit_Kerr)
Tales of Arthur by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's Arthur .([personal profile] rosefox)
Provenance by Ann Leckie (anon2)
Minerva Wakesby Holly Lisle (Anon1)
“That only a Mother” by Judith Merril ([twitter.com profile] wissewords)
Shadow on the Heart by Judith Merril ([twitter.com profile] wissewords)
The works of Nnedi Okorafor([twitter.com profile] MariaHaskins)
The Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters ([personal profile] heavenscalyx Not SFF)
Archangel by Marguerite Reed([twitter.com profile] ZZClaybourne)
Telzey Amberdon stories by James K. Schmitz ([personal profile] stardreamer)
The Witches of Karres by James K. Schmitz ([personal profile] rosefox)
The works of Angela Slatter ([twitter.com profile] MariaHaskins)
Steven Universe created by Rebecca Sugar (me) (note:cartoon)
The Golden Horn by Judith Tarr (Judith Tarr [twitter.com profile] dancinghorse)
The Hounds Of God by Judith Tarr (Judith Tarr [twitter.com profile] dancinghorse)
Alamut by Judith Tarr (Judith Tarr [twitter.com profile] dancinghorse)
The Dagger And The Crossby Judith Tarr (Judith Tarr [twitter.com profile] dancinghorse)
Constantinople Books by Judith Tarr (Katharine Kerr [twitter.com profile] Kit_Kerr)
Tales of the Raksura by Martha Wells(Judith Tarr [twitter.com profile] dancinghorse)
My Real Children by Jo Walton (Kate Heartfield [twitter.com profile] kateheartfield)
Lifelode by Jo Walton([twitter.com profile] kklein1686)
"And Come from Miles Around" by Connie Willis ([personal profile] cahn)
Caught in Crystal by Patricia Wrede (Sandstone, [twitter.com profile] quartzen)
Great Alta books by Jane Yolen ([personal profile] rosefox)

I also got couple of maybes that I’ll list at the end here:
[personal profile] rosefox said “I don't exactly recommend David and Leigh Eddings's Belgariad/Malloreon series, but Polgara is actually a pretty great mother figure”

And Sandstone said “Sarah Zettel's Fool's War might also have mom MC”

Additionally Anon 2 recommended the romance genre as source of fictional moms, and also mentioned memoirs, citing Catherine Newman as a favorite.

And that’s a the list! Thanks so much to everyone who recommended something! If anyone thinks of other works that could be added please let me know! I love recs. I’ll be reading a bunch of these in nearish future.

One other note: [personal profile] cahn started a post on her journal asking for recs for of books (not necessarily SFF) that feature moms that’s you can check out for even more recs.
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Over the last couple of weeks I've been watching Steven Universe. I've now caught up with all available episodes. It's recent kids cartoon about a boy and his family which made up of three magical Gems and Steven's human dad. There are wacky adventures, but also a complex plot and characters communicating with each other about their feelings.

I have so many feelings about the characters. The show does really good job with all of them. I like how the show focuses on talking and communicating. I went to a panel at WisCon that talked a lot about how Steven subverts gender norms by having female mentors, showing his feelings, and working to help other people connect with each other and that's something I really enjoy about the show. That panel was one of the things that made me finally watch the show. Another thing I like the diversity: all of Steven's mentors are voiced by women of color, his best friend is a Desi girl, and there are a lot of queer characters including a non binary character. I'm also finding the music very accessible -- like the songs make me feel things which isn't something that happens to me with a lot music. It helps that they all have lyrics I can understand.

The show does have some problems -- there are couple of relationships that are pretty toxic and I'm not sure the creators know that, and I wish it engaged more with some of the anti-colonialist themes it brings up. And there are a couple of other things that I'm reserving judgement on for now but might be problems. I've been avoiding media with dead moms -- and SU has dead mom who also gave up her physical form to create Steven which is pretty creepy. For me the range of other female characters who act as role models makes up for this. They also use the word "lame" as an insult, which is not great.

I love how the show builds characters and the world but introducing small facts and then adding to them gradually to make a big picture. It makes for a really rich show. And it lets the characters have some pretty complex and interesting relationships. The show is made up of 10 minutes episodes which are pretty short but that makes them a great fit for my life right now where I don't have many long stretches of uninterrupted time. Anyways I'm kind of obsessed with it at the moment, if you've seen it come tell me what you think? Or I'd love recs for fanworks or criticism about the show.

(Potential for spoilers in the comments)
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I've been wanting to watch Steven Universe for a while now but wasn't really sure how to get it. However I recently figured out that Hulu has month long trial period so I signed up for that and have been enjoying the show. I'm really enjoying the slow build worldbuilding, as someone with an urban planning background I'm particularly enjoying all the Beach City bits. Beach City reminds me a bit of Santa Cruz, California. There where "Keep Santa Cruz Weird" signs around when I was there in a few months ago, and the city is well know for its boardwalk. However Beach City is probably modeled on some where on the East Coast if its modeled on a real city. After all it snows there and sales tax is only 6%.

Anyways while I've got the Hulu trial is there anything else I should check out? Nothing too dark please.
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R and I recently finished watching season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG). When we started watching TNG the plan was to watch the highlights but we quickly changed to just skipping the worst episodes. I have lots thoughts about season four but they aren’t really a proper review or essay -- I lack a thesis statement. So I’m just going to write up bunch of bullet points and share my thoughts that way.

Read more... )
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“Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker is a Hugo finalist in the novelette category this year. I recently read it as part of my Hugo reading process and I have thoughts that I wanted to share.

I mostly liked this story. It featured tons of things I love, such as a grandma POV character, slice of life, and cute kids playing with goats. It's really nice to see that many smaller scale stories with more domestic elements are finalist this year.

Read more... )
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Well 2018 is almost halfway over so I thought I'd see how I'm doing with my reading goals. So far this year I've read 65 books (according to my not always perfect goodreads account). That puts me on track to read a lot less that total books this year compared to last year when I read 161 books, but still a bit more than 2016 when I read 104 books. This makes sense to me -- the world has been a lot lately and I'm finding it harder to sink into a book, and also having a harder time with heavy books. I've started an decided not to finish a lot of books recently because of these issues.

So with that in mind lets go over my reading goals one by one.

Read 24 new to me non-white authors
Read so far:9
So, not on track here. This goal has been a real struggle -- I just want to read happy fluffy things and the books by non-white authors that I see get the most attention are all downers and I can't read then right now. In fact I have bunch of books like this on my TBR and they are probably just going to keep sitting there for a while. So if you have any recs for me here that would be great. Comics and Manga count too!

Reread 20 books
Reread so far:6
I don't know what's up with my brain and rereading. I'd think rereading would be great when I'm want something comforting but my brain keeps reminding me of all the bad things about any book I consider rereading and then I don't want to reread it anymore in case I don't like it after all. Which seems unproductive. I don't know brains are strange.

Read 10 Scholarly Books (defined as experts writing about the thing they are expert in)
Read so far:5
Hey I'm on track for this one! Yay!

Read 1 book that's over a 100 years old
Read so far:0
Well there's still time but will I have the mental energy? We shall see.

Well that's not great but it could be worse. Did you set yourself any reading goals? If so how are you doing?
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Looking back over this journal I realize its been a while since I did a short fiction rec post. I'm sorry. I know some of you enjoy them. The truth is that I haven't been reading a lot of short fiction lately. One of the things I often enjoy about reading short fiction is starting something with no idea where its going. Well recently I've been want to only read charming heartwarming stuff -- so starting to reading something that might be sad or upsetting is a bit of no go. (And the ratio of heartwarming to heartbreaking shorts is not in my favor here.) Current events have really been getting to me. But I thought I'd mention a couple of things that my readers might enjoy.

"The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes" by Siobhan Carroll This isn't exactly heartwarming but I loved all the food details and the way they are used to tell a story.

Robot Dinosaur Fiction I'm not completely caught up with this project but it collection of flash fiction about robot dinosaurs with a new short appearing every week. The one's I've read have been fun.

The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold This new Vorkosigan Saga novella featuring Ekaterin! I loved it -- Ekaterin is a mom having an adventure and their is bio remediation. I'm not sure that I'd recommend it to people who aren't already fans of the series though. I think the story stands alone fine but I'm not sure there is enough here to make you care about the characters with out knowing them from the rest of the books.

Side note: People talk a lot about how Cordelia is an awesome mom -- and she really really is. However Ekaterin is also pretty awesome and we see her raising kids on the page a lot more that Cordelia.

Anyways that's what I've got for now. I'd happily take take recs of fuffly heartwarming stuff. Remember to stay hydrated and take care of yourselves.
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This post is going to discuss representation of marginalized people in Star Trek: Discovery. You can read my thoughts on themes and continuity in the show here.

Star Trek has generally tried to push the envelope in terms of who gets to be on screen and has had some successes and some failures at this. It was groundbreaking for The Original Series (TOS) to even have a black woman on the bridge even though by today’s standards the show is not very diverse. Watching Next Generation today I’m constantly frustrated by the female characters and how they don’t get to do anything, but I get the impression it was about average for its time. In Deep Space 9 (DS9) we got to see a black man as captain (and a father), and the show featured some wonderful female characters. However, DS9 also featured some very problematic Jewish-coded characters. Voyager gave us our first Trek show with a female captain but also featured a very poorly done Native American character. Enterprise’s main crew seems to be about as diverse as TOS’s, but--given that there are are about 35 years between the shows--that’s not what I’d consider progressive. Discovery, too, has some big successes and some big failures in terms of representation. Its biggest problem is that it shows us glimpses of much more than it delivered on several counts.

”spoilers” )

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