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.
Today, I'm spotlighting one of the stories that will be featured in the anthology.
When Robin was accepted to the best school in the galaxy, she thought she'd be using her education to help the world. But that was a lie - she and her classmates were being exploited by the oppressive government, the better to tighten their control. Unable to accept her fate, Robin fled.
Now, she uses her computer prowess to mess with the tyrannical regime - stealing their money and corrupting their information, even aiding revolutionaries. But a life of rebellion means a life on the run, and the government is always right on her heels. Smart as she is, Robin knows it's only a matter of time before her luck runs out.
WHY WE PICKED IT
First of all, who doesn't love a good rebellion story? This new Robin has all the courage and spirit as her legendary forefather (Robin Hood, of course), plus some smarts the old-timey thief wishes he could have had. Robin's knack for computers fits perfectly with the anthology's theme, and her cleverness and spunk make her a delightful protagonist in a fun, adventuresome tale.
Ursula Osborne is finishing her masters degree and dissertation while working with books. She’s a nerd, a bookworm and an endless fangirl. She dabbles in many hobbies, enjoys baking and traveling but wishes she could go to more places.
THOUGHTS ON BRAVE NEW GIRLS
Ursula decided to participate in the anthology not only because she full-heartedly supports encouraging girls to enter STEM careers, but also because she wants to see an end to smart girls dumbing themselves down to fit into a judgmental society that tells girls that smart is not sexy. She also has a soft spot for smart, educated, insufferable know-it-alls.
BRAVE NEW GIRLS will be released in Summer 2015! Sign up here to receive a notification when it's available to order.