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Raena’s Foremothers: Leia Organa

It wasn’t until I started writing these essays teasing out the influences behind my space opera trilogy that I even considered the large shadow cast by Princess Leia. At first, I thought Leia’s chief impact on Raena’s story was the torture scene … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Zoe Washburne

I didn’t watch Firefly when it was initially broadcast.  I sat down and watched maybe half of “The Train Job,” but the corny accents and all the talking turned me off.  Besides, it had come highly recommended by a friend … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Doctor Cyn Sharpe

One of the biggest influences on Raena Zacari is a character developed by my friend Martha Allard.  She’s the creator of Doctor Cyn Sharpe, a human medic who got caught up in the War against the Empire. In the canon, … Continue reading

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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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