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Raena’s Foremothers: Molly Millions

I read Neuromancer in 1986, the summer I went to Clarion. The book was a couple of years old by then, but everyone was still talking about it. Those were the days before laptops, when not every writer brought a computer to … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Sarah Connor

I was talking with my good friend Mart about my project of tracing the genesis of Raena Zacari (protagonist of my In the Wake of the Templars trilogy) through her strong female role models.  Maybe the quintessential inspiration for Raena … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Private Vasquez

I saw Aliens in the theater the summer it came out.  My friend Mart came up and whisked me away from Clarion, the live-in writing program where I was studying that summer, to see it.  It’s fair to say the … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Jeri Cale

When I first started thinking about the Raena stories, I’d just seen Star Wars.  The only main female character was a princess. She was a kickass gun-waving princess who withstood torture, but she wasn’t the hero of the story. Her … Continue reading

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