Personal Essay: "Women Who Are More Than Strong" by Georgina Kamsika
When we set out to destroy science fiction with this Kickstarter, we didn't want it to be your ordinary, run-of-the-mill campaign. We wanted it to be full of smashing, crashing women's voices, telling what it really means to be a woman reading and writing science fiction. One of the ways we hope to do that is by sharing a series of personal essays by women about their experiences as a woman in science fiction. Today's essay is by Georgina Kamsika.
"Women Who Are More Than Strong"
It might have taken a while for the world to cotton on to 'geek stuff' being cool (despite STAR WARS doing so well so long ago), but for as long as I can recall, science fiction has been my favourite genre for books and films.
I'm happy to say that I feel science fiction is really thriving. This is good, because it's not like we want to write for a small niche group alone. I love that it's okay for mums and grandmas and sons to read sci fi on the bus or the tube and no one stares. At the end of the day, it's all stories about people, even if some of them might be alien or undead.
The part that's missing, the part I really want to change, is for there to be more stories about people like me written by people like me. Women in the main role. Not a plucky sidekick, not a screaming damsel to be saved from the monster, but the leader. The protagonist (or antagonist) who drives the story forward, who has power and meaning and weight to her role. Women who are more than strong, who have personalities, friends, lovers and enemies. Now that's science fiction I really want to read.
Georgina Kamsika is a speculative fiction writer born in Yorkshire, England, to Anglo-Indian immigrant parents and has spent most of her life explaining her English first name, Polish surname and Asian features. She reads widely, everything from E.M. Forester to Chuck Palahniuk and values her vast comics collection. She remembers being very proud when her story was chosen to be displayed on the wall (this was at infant school). Many years later, she began taking her writing seriously and has had numerous short stories published in magazines and the odd anthology. Her debut novel, THE SULPHUR DIARIES (Legend Press), was released in November of 2011. Georgina is also a first reader for LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE.