Whether relegated to love interest or stuck in the archetype of ‘strong female character’, women in science fiction and fantasy stories haven’t always benefitted from the fantastic worlds they inhabit.
Our panelists discuss the women they write and where fantasy and real-world prejudices meet.
Nnedi Okorafor’s books place brave and unpredictable women at the centre of the story – including Binti, who calls on her intelligence and cultural heritage to make peace with a dangerous alien species.
Rhianna Pratchett reinvented Lara Croft for a new generation – creating an inexperienced but wilful tomb raider who relies on intelligence, tenacity and resourcefulness.
Gillian Redfearn is Publishing Director at Gollancz, and brings to the panel her keen editor’s eye for what makes a good female character – ‘strong’ or otherwise!
This panel is moderated by Taghred Chandab.