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Matrilines: Miyabe Miyuki: The Ethics of Alternate Realities, by Kari Sperring (9/5/16)
I should not need to write about Miyabe Miyuki.
Matrilines: Fire from Heaven: Judith Tarr, by Kari Sperring (6/27/16)
Judith Tarr is one of the most accomplished, complex, innovative, and consistently brilliant writers I can think of.
Matrilines: Louise Lawrence: A Woman Out of Time, by Kari Sperring (4/11/16)
I’m not sure exactly how old I was when I first encountered the works of Louise Lawrence—no more than thirteen or fourteen—but I do remember the effect her writing had on me.
Matrilines: Elizabeth Goudge: Glimpsing the Liminal, by Kari Sperring (2/22/16)
Most readers have favourite writers. But sometimes you find that, over time, these change.
Matrilines: Veronica Williams: The Compulsion of Landscape, by Kari Sperring (1/4/16)
I may be wrong—I hope I am wrong—but I strongly suspect that most of those who read this column will not have heard of Veronica Williams.
Matrilines: Evangeline Walton: The Woman Who Defined a Genre, by Kari Sperring (10/5/15)
Unlike the first three writers I’ve discussed in this column so far, Walton has not yet fallen completely off the radar within SF—she is still mentioned in at least some critical works,
Matrilines: Dion Fortune: Writing through the Veil, by Kari Sperring (7/27/15)
[. . .] every writer is rooted in their culture or context, and that inevitably flavours and shapes their work in some way or another, on a more or less conscious level, and different writers are more or less open and aware of this. Dion Fortune was, perhaps, more aware of this than most.
Matrilines: Sylvia Townsend Warner: The Quiet Revolutionary, by Kari Sperring (6/8/15)
Sitting down to write this second column, I found myself wondering how many readers will have heard of its subject.
Matrilines: The Woman Who Made Fantasy: Katherine Kurtz, by Kari Sperring (3/30/15)
We are writing our history, shaping our genre to our cultural norms of value and hierarchy and status. And we are leaving out the women.