|The Girl Who Was Plugged In|
I grew up reading and enjoying science fiction with male protagonists whose stories were written by female science fiction writers such as Alice Norton, Ursula Le Guin, Doris Lessing and Carolyn Cherry. Among my favorite such stories is Assignment Nor'Dyren by Sydney Van Scyoc. Is there any reason why women cannot write convincing male characters or why men should not be able to write from the perspective of a woman?
|the Exode Trilogy|
When I started writing about Hana, I quickly became more interested in just about every other character that surrounded her.
However, even while Hana was pushed into the background, several strong female characters stepped forward into the spotlight.
|one of Gohrlay's artificial lives (source)|
I've been seriously contemplating the idea of making Gohrlay be the narrator of the Exode Trilogy. My major reason for not doing so is that it is simpler to steal parts of my own life for constructing the fictional life of "the Editor". I'd have to do a whole lot more thinking to create a complete life for Gohrlay. Actually, it is much worse than that, since Gohrlay has literally led dozens of lives. That might be a can of mind worms that I really don't want to get into.
in the Ekcolir Reality
Illustrated by Jennifer Healy
Nothing can deter science fiction story writers from creating stories about minds that magically jump from one body to another. In the Exode Trilogy, each person has within them a zeptite endosymbiont. I'm reluctant to create an analogy between that endosymbiont and conventional beliefs in a soul, but I don't hesitate to imagine that a person's memories and mind can be encoded in zeptites and then transferred between multiple biological bodies and artificial life forms like replicoids. Zeptite endosymbionts provide an imaginary technological basis for mind transfer.
What would it be like for Gohrlay to have access to memories of dozens of past lives? Is there a limit to how much information a human brain can process and integrate or can a zeptite endosymbiont handle the load? I like the idea that R. Gohrlay was able to "hand down" to Gohrlay all of the accumulated wisdom from "her" millions of years of existence.
|The X-Files 2016|
Related Reading: Review of Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
The Most Secretive Woman in the History of Science Fiction
Next: a fan fiction X-Files 2016 episode.
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