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----- Forwarded message from Helen Varley Jamieson <helen@creative-catalyst.com> -----

Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 12:05:51 +1300
From: Helen Varley Jamieson <helen@creative-catalyst.com>
To: etc-int@eclectictechcarnival.org
Subject: [etc-int] Fwd:  for geeky women
Reply-To: /etc interested|international <etc-int@eclectictechcarnival.org>

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>(Please forward to any geeky female friends you may have...)
>Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders are editing an anthology of essays 
>titled She's Such a Geek; below is a copy of the call for subs 
>(posted with permission). Spread the word!
>Note that this anthology is open only to female writers.
>She's Such a Geek An Anthology by and for Women Obsessed with 
>Computers, Science, Comic Books, Gaming, Spaceships, and Revolution
>Slated for Fall 2006
>Geeks are taking over the world. They make the most popular movies 
>and games, pioneer new ways to communicate using technology, and 
>create new ideas that will change the future. But the stereotype is 
>that only men can be geeks. So when are we going to hear from the 
>triumphant female nerds whose stories of outer space battles will 
>inspire generations, and whose inventions will change the future? 
>Right now.
>Female geeks are busting out of the labs and into the spotlight. They 
>have the skills and knowledge that can inspire social progress, 
>scientific breakthroughs, and change the world for the better, and 
>they're making their voices heard, some for the first time, in 
>Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders' book She's Such a Geek. This 
>anthology will celebrate women who have flourished in the male-
>dominated realms of technical and cultural arcana. We're looking for 
>a wide range of personal essays about the meaning of female nerdhood 
>by women who are in love with genomics, obsessed with blogging, 
>learned about sex from Dungeons and Dragons, and aren't afraid to 
>match wits with men or computers. The essays in She's Such a Geek 
>will explain what it means to be passionately engaged with technical 
>or obscure topics-and how to deal with it when people tell you that 
>your interests are weird, especially for a girl. This book aims to 
>bust stereotypes of what it means to be a geek, as well as what it 
>means to be female.
>More than anything, She's Such a Geek is a celebration and call to 
>arms: it's a hopeful book which looks forward to a day when women 
>will pilot spaceships, invent molecular motors, design the next ultra-
>tiny supercomputer, write epics, and run the government.
>We want introspective essays that explain what being a geek has meant 
>to you. Describe how you've fought stereotypes to be accepted among 
>nerds. Explore why you are obsessed with topics and ideas that are 
>supposed to be "for boys only." Tell us how you felt the day you 
>realized that you would be devoting the rest of your life to 
>discovering algorithms or collecting comic books. We want strong, 
>personal writing that is also smart and critical. We don't mind if 
>you use the word "fuck," and we don't mind if you use the word 
>"telomerase." Be celebratory, polemical, wistful, angry, and just 
>plain dorky.
>Possible topics include:
>      * what turned you into a geek
>      * your career in science, technology, or engineering
>      * growing up geeky
>      * being a geek in high school today
>      * battling geek stereotypes (i.e racial stereotypes and 
>geekdom, cultural analysis of geek chic and the truth about nerds, 
>the idea that women have to choose between being sexually desirable 
>and smart, stereotypes about geek professions such as computer 
>      * sex and dating among geeks
>      * science fiction fandom
>      * role-playing game or comic-book subcultures
>      * the joys of math
>      * blogging or videogames
>      * female geek bonding
>      * geek role models for women
>      * feminist commentary on geek culture
>      * women's involvement in DIY science and technology groups
>      * stories from women involved in geek pop and underground 
>cultures. These might include comic book writers, science fiction 
>writers, electronic music musicians, and women interested in the 
>gaming world.
>      * women's web networks and web zine grrrl culture
>      * issues of sexism in any or all of the above themes
>Editors: Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders are geeky women writers.  
>Annalee is a contributing editor at Wired magazine and writes the 
>syndicated column Techsploitation. Charlie is the author of Choir Boy 
>(Soft Skull Press) and publisher of other magazine.
>Publisher: Seal Press, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group, 
>publishes groundbreaking books by and for women in a variety of topics.
>Deadline: January 15, 2006
>Length: 3,000-6,000 words
>Format: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please 
>include your address, phone number, email address, and a short bio on 
>the last page. Essays will not be returned.
>Submitting: Send essay electronically as a [MS Word?] Document or 
>Rich Text Format file to Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders at
>Payment: $100 plus two books
>Reply: Please allow until February 15 for a response. If you haven't 
>received a response by then, please assume your essay has not been
>selected. It is not possible to reply to every submission personally.


helen varley jamieson: creative catalyst

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