ArtemisMy contribution to the Galaxy Express Parallel Universe, called “Artemis Unbound,” is now available. Here’s a taste of what’s in store if you follow the link and read the whole article:

Anyone who reads my own blog probably will not be surprised that the ultimate answer to what draws me to SFR is a strong heroine on a particular kind of journey, one that includes the usual adventure plus some kind of love story. Here’s why the mingling of Romance with other genres like Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror has created an atmosphere where the genre’s already female-focused attitude enables heroines to take on new, even more imaginative, roles and to engage in a broader journey than many other heroines. . . While it’s tempting to label many of these kinds of characters just as “kick-ass chicks,” because of this broader journey they are much more than that. They are a new archetype that I refer to as “Artemis Unbound.”

The Galaxy express will be continuing it’s coverage of the Romance Writers of American National Conference from a uniquely Science Fiction Romance angle.

2 Responses to “Galaxy Express: Artemis Unbound”

  1. I hope everyone checks it out–it’s a very insightful look into the genre. Thanks for linking to it, Lisa!

  2. I’m happy you enjoyed the Star Wars critique, Lisa — and that it helped you crystallize the concept of women as independent, powerful, equal partners. There are more essays about this larger issue on my blog (

    Le Plus Ça Change…

    The String Cuts Deeper than the Blade

    “Dream Other Dreams, and Better”

    Snachismo, or: What Do Women Want?

    Warm regards,


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