Every Friday until its publication, I'm going to blog something about Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets, a YA sci-fi anthology featuring tech-savvy heroines. The goal is to encourage more girls to enter Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math professions. All revenues from sales of the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers.
Here comes 2015, and with it, Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets, a YA sci-fi anthology I'm co-publishing with fellow sci-fi author, Paige Daniels. For those of you just tuning in, Paige and I both believe fiercely in increasing the number of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) professions. At the moment, only 26% of STEM professionals in the U.S.A. are women (even though women make up half the workforce), and if you break down the numbers into individual professions, the numbers get even more dire.
Though many young girls express interest in math and science as children, the number of them who intend to make a career out of STEM tends to drop off around their early teens. Paige and I believe that this is because of cultural prejudices, which says that girls should be pretty and nothing more. Or, if you want to be smart, you have to give up the things you love about being a girl. We intend to change that.
Brave New Girls depicts strong, intelligent young heroines who aren't afraid to unleash their nerdier sides and use their technical prowess to save the day. Paige and I raised the money for the publishing costs through a crowdfunding campaign last summer, and we've recently contracted a talented group of authors to bring you these stories. Here's the story line-up:
BLINK by Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of Thought I Knew You
COURAGE IS by Evangeline Jennings, author of No Christmas, Niagara, andValentina
THE DATA TOURIST by Davien Thomas
FLEDGLING by Jason Kucharik
FLIGHT OF THE ZEPHYR by Aimie Runyan, author of the forthcoming novel Ice Flowers
GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Kimberly G. Giarratano, author of Grunge Gods and Graveyards
HELEN OF MARS by George Ebey, author of the forthcoming Phoenix Saga
THE HIVE by Kate Lansing, award-winning short story author
THE KEYS TO THE STARS by Stephen Kozeniewski, author of the bestselling novel Braineater Jones
A LITTLE BIT TRUER by Valerie Hunter
LYRA by Lisa Toohey, author of Escaping Ivernee
THE MAD SCIENTIST'S DAUGHTER by Leandra Wallace
OF CAT'S WHISKERS AND KLUTZES by Martin Berman-Gorvine, award-winning author of The Severed Wing and Seven Against Mars
THE OUTPOST by Paige Daniels, author of the bestselling Non-Compliance trilogy
PANIC by Tash McAdam, author of the international bestseller Slam
ROBIN HACKER by Ursula Osborne
ROBOT REPAIR GIRL by Josh Pritchett
TAKES A HACKER by Mary Fan, author of the Jane Colt, Flynn Nightsider, andFated Stars series
Plus a foreword by Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy and author of Designing for Performance.
I love each and every one of these stories, and I can't wait to share them with the world!
BRAVE NEW GIRLS will be released in Summer 2015! Sign up here to receive a notification when it's available to order.