Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

You know what’s great? I remix version of a bunch of great essays that you read at the time, but retold and gathered.

It’s a great book, in a convenient format to press on people who don’t spend a lot of time reading online–or those who don’t have the time to read essays.

It was a fast read for me, probably due to the familiarity in part. There are some surprises, and it’s always interesting to see how she approaches media–both those that I’ve also encountered, but also stuff that I’ve only heard about. Similarly, her articles about Requires Hate feel very different now, instead of in the middle of the internet’s shock and horror.

Sadly, her asides about her grandmother growing up in Vichy France are even more pointed; her ability to deal with and dismiss abuse hurled her way seems too like a minimum qualification for being an outspoken woman on the internet these days.

If you’re interested but want a sample before you commit, her Hugo winning essay is here: We Have Always Fought: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative. (her blog)

You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to the Coffee Shop

This book is a collection of John Scalzi’s essays on writing and the writing life. It concentrates on the practical level behind writing: how you make the finances work, how you structure your life to get work done. There are essays about authors being catty, and a discussion of science fiction (and sci-fi publishing) in the current era.

I like the whole thing, though little of it is directly applicable to me. I had already read several of the essays on Whatever, his site, but appreciated seeing some from the era before I found it.

One particularly good point is his story about leaving the bee and catapulting to the new world: big changes can be scary, but get you out of comfortable ruts. Good to keep in mind now…