Thought I’d start doing a periodic posting of interesting snippets. I don’t have time to write about all of them in depth but they will be things that I think are worthy of your attention.

Anyone following me on FB and Twitter will have seen my links to Nicola Griffith’s blog discussion about Women Authors in SF, which was a response to an article in The Guardian online. I was delighted to see that this was followed up on by The Guardian again and garnered a wide and varied response. Though, I admit to be depressed by some of the comments, it was great to bring this into an open debate.

I’ve had acerbic comments cast at me for posting these links, which I found rather insulting. Have published eight SF novels now (and written nine, plus numerous published short fiction SF stories), I feel I have a reasonable grasp of my reading audience. I don’t purport to being an exceptional writer but I am readable, entertaining and coherent and have been nominated for and won awards.

I know from personal experience that there is an antipathy and sometimes animosity to women writing SF by SOME readers. It’s there, it’s real. Many won’t even try reading work by a woman, or do so with such ingrained bias that it’s hardly worth their while. I’m still being regularly asked by emerging female SF writers (most often people I don’t know) if they should write under a masculine pseudonym so that they will be read and accepted. The day I don’t get that question anymore, will be a day for celebration.

None of this is news to female writers in genre but in the ebb and flow of change, there are moments when things need to be reiterated. I sense this is one such moment. I’m staggered that we (the reading community at large) STILL harbour such bigotry that women are STILL frightened to write under their own names. It makes me think that we are closer to Mira Fedor’s (reference: Sentients of Orion) world than we care to acknowledge.

Thankfully, I have many readers of both genders who are intelligent and open-minded and to them I nod. You, and your children are the hope for our future evolution as a species.

By entering the Book Pack category you’re eligible to win my entire collection of novels, autographed of course!

plus Tara Sharp and Parrish Plessis sets, and the Glitter Rose collection!

About Writers on Rafts

Writers on Rafts is an initiative of Queensland Writers Centre and author Rebecca Sparrow to raise money for the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. More than 150 Australian authors have pledged prizes.

  • To enter Writers on Rafts go to
  • Purchase as many tickets as you like in as many categories as you want!
  • Every ticket is one chance to win for a lucky person in every state and territory.
  • Every dollar goes directly to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal to help victims of the Queensland floods.
  • QWC’s goal is to raise $10,000 through Writers On Rafts.
  • We will be conducting the draw on Friday, 25 February.

The initiative is being coordinated by Queensland Writers Centre, but because their own building (the State Library of Queensland) has been affected by flood, they are currently not able to access their offices to answer the phone, so please them email for now.

I’ve just heard from Orbit that my author copies of Transformation Space are on the way. Can’t wait to hold it in my hand! This series, as many of you know, has bought both heartache and joy. The stories are very character driven which doesn’t necessarily fit with the taste all readers of space opera, while others appreciate its style. The Fringe Magazine, enjoyed the series because of that very aspect. Here’s the links to their reviews.

Dark Space review

Chaos Space review

Mirror Space review

At the end, the reviewer makes a comment that series would benefit from being published in omnibus form. I couldn’t agree more. And hope, one day, that that will happen.


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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 





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