As part of Women's History Month, Open Road Integrated Media has put together a video featuring several prominent female science fiction and fantasy authors talk about the genre, being a woman in the mostly male-dominated science fiction realm, and the women who inspired them. Open Road publishes and markets e-books across several genres.
Wrede writes fantasy and shared-world fiction. Datlow was the fiction editor for Omni Magazine and other publications. Hand is an author of numerous horror and fantasy works and has written for film and television. Jemisin writes speculative fiction that has been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards.
These authors specifically single out Octavia Butler for her influence and inspiration. Butler, the writer of such works as the Nebula award-winning novel Parable of the Talents, died in 2006. In 1995, Butler became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.
Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March “Women’s History Month.”
Lede image of author Patricia Wrede as a child screencapped from the Open Road Integrated Media video