Women and the Science Fiction Genre. The next generation’s readers
I started writing my science fiction series, A Saga of Dogs of War-A Story of Mercenaries, in the fall of 2019. Everything I read about writing a book always said you should write about what you know best, first. My first book’s theme was based on experiences as a combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam at the ripe old age of 19. To keep the experience of combat in the realm of fiction, I used my passion for Ray Bradbury and H.G. Wells to write in the science fiction genre. I also wanted to write my books in such a way to stay away from the horrors of war, but emphasis the honor of serving your country and the strong relationships developed in combat. That was the predominating theme in my first book Cry Havoc.
One day my daughter pointed out to me that there were no strong female roles in the book. She told me that if you want women to read my book you need strong women role models. Young women do not want to read the old James T. Kirk style science fiction books. The are looking for strong women role models in science fiction now.
So, with my daughter’s advice in mind, my next book in the series The GRiM Clan introduced two strong women, Carrie Malone and Madeline Nagoochi. These two characters, one a strong influencer in her family and the second a strong woman that rose up lead a large Corporation where the first strong women role models in the series.
In my third book The Vendetta Against Vendetta a third strong woman role model, Elizbeth Warren joined Carrie and Madeline. Elizabeth grew in the book to control another large corporation.
In my fourth book One’s Evil Desire Mia Osage a Kapacarian and Senior Coritha a Corilian joined as the next generation of strong women role models. Mia would be the first woman of the Confederation of Planets to head their new Military Intelligence Department and Senior Coritha one of the first women to achieve Senior (Captain) on a battle class Starship.
In my fifth, not yet released, book Frontier Space Chronicles, the strong women characters increase with the introduction of Senior Cynthia Stallone an Earthling commanding one of the biggest Starships ever built, the Explorer Class Starship, Captain Alala of the Amazon Warrior Class and last but not least Queen Adria, Queen of the Helenistic Kingdoms. As the number of my book list increases so does the number of strong women role models.
The one thing I do try to maintain in my strong women roles is to still keep them women and not try to make them men with the same physical strengths. I want to convey that while women are different in many ways, they have the same mental ability as those of men and that in many other ways women are even stronger than men.
This next generation of young women are seeing more and more strong women roles in science fiction movies which has seemed to draw their attention. If we are wanting these young women to join the readership of science fiction books, we need those strong women roles in our books.
My grandson, 13, reads my books and likes strong women roles as well. He says they remind him of his Grandmother and his Mom.
Don’t forget to check out my Science Fiction four book series: A Saga of Dogs of War-A Story of Mercenaries. Paperback is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B08JQRR122 My eBooks are available at Books2Read at https://books2read.com/u/4Dglpg in all formats. They make great gifts for only .99 cents each.
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