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Feminist Sci Fi Wins Baileys Prize

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Called an “amazing dystopian novel, a brilliant meditation on ‘What if women had all the power?’,” British author Naomi Alderman’s fourth novel The Power has won the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. It will be published in the US in October by Hachette/Little, Brown.

The power of the book’s title is literal. Teen aged girls are given the ability to electrify, shock and even kill, making men terrified of them. In her acceptance speech, Alderman celebrated another sort of power, “the support … of other women [which] has meant more than electricity to me.”

The cover features a blurb from Margaret Atwood, “Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you’ll think twice, about everything.” The two authors are mutual admirers. As part of mentoring program set up by Rolex, the pair co-authored a zombie novel on Wattpad titled The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home.

On the eve of the launch of the TV adaptation of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Alderman explored the history of feminist science fiction for the Guardian, dating the first example to Margaret Cavendish’s 1666 book The Blazing World.

Alderman, who was  has written online games for Penguin, the BBC and others told the Evening Standard that she would love to turn The Power into an online game.  She is already working on an adaptation of the book for television.

An adaptation of the author’s first book Disobedience, a best seller in the UK, is currently in post-production starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.


Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Two years after the controversy over the publication of a newly-discovered manuscript by Harper Lee, comes the announcement of a graphic novel version of To Kill a Mockingbird, to be published by HarperCollins in November of next year. Reporting the story, the Associated press notes, “Lee, who died in 2016, had resisted alternate editions of her book until late in life. Only in 2014 did she permit an e-book of Mockingbird.

Fred Fordham, who illustrated Philip Pullman’s graphic novel The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship (Scholastic/GRAPHIX), will create the new edition.

The Guardian reports that “the Lee estate approached the publisher with the idea of a graphic novel,” and that it is “the latest in a number of posthumous projects based on the work of a writer who was famously shy of publicity,” including a group of tourist attractions  set to open later this year in the author’s home town of Monroeville, Alabama.