A while ago, Jacob Haddon of Apokrupha and I were chatting on Facebook, as we do, about the rhetoric around women in sci-fi and fantasy. How few there are in the field, that there is a backlash when women speak out, and the Hugos. The talk turned somehow to Godzilla (as it can) and a rant, probably from me, how even big monster narratives were being taken away from those who created them, in this case Godzilla being created as a response to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and turned into another vehicle to show how amazing white males are. I likened Jurassic Park to a continuation of the motif.
Then I asked, “If a woman’s place is in the kitchen, what happens when the kitchen attacks?” and the joke suddenly began to form into a reality. What if women DID own the apocalypse? What if we took those marginalized by society, the cat lady, the female engineer, the fat woman, and showed how they can kick ass just as much as everyone else? What if we didn’t flip the script as much as just show how strong women can be and how they can fight off big monsters just like the boys can and not just be the prize at the end of the battle?
Thus was born Kaiju Revisited, a series of big monster novellas wherein women kick ass. There is an awesome line-up of female authors on board, which thoroughly excites me.
As does my novella, my first non-short story, kicking off the series. Wherein the kitchen DOES attack and the female engineering student, and her cat, go out to save the world.
Marta Martinez Saves The World was a lot of fun for me to write. I just let myself loose, let my influences shine, and let Marta Martinez, a marginalized female engineering student, take center stage. I hope the fun shines through and you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And I hope you read the rest of the issues, and clamor for more so we can keep it going. Because the big monster sandbox is big enough for all of us, and baby it’s time to start playin’.