Gerry Canavan talks to geek feminist author Kameron Hurley about her Hugo-nominated novel The Light Brigade. A love-hate letter to military science fiction, The Light Brigade turns the form on its head. It is built around women fighters, queerness, and defying authority while being at the bottom of the chain of command. The novel also has surprising roots in the history of anti-apartheid resistance in South Africa where Kameron lived for a time to research women’s roles in armed revolt. We discuss delayed reveals of characters’ race and gender in sci-fi in light of the genre’s history of White supremacy and male-dominated narratives. Kameron and Gerry also revisit some of the juiciest, pulpiest fiction around – the stuff we loved as kids but don’t talk about or teach in the classroom (shh!).
Mentioned in the Episode
Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers
Joe Haldeman, The Forever War
uMkhonto we Sizwe – armed wing of the African National Congress
Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned
Alexandra Rowland, coiner of the term “hopepunk”
Robert E. Howard, author of the “Conan the Barbarian” stories
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