Monday, November 29, 2010


 I've been holding off on announcing this because I wanted to be able to list all of our contributors, for lo, they are mighty.  But this is the project that has been eating my brain, consuming my life and generally filling me with glee:

Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them
Edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish

 This is an amazing essay collection touching on nearly all of the works of Joss Whedon from an astounding array of female viewpoints.  We've gathered an absolutely brilliant group of professional and amatuer writers as well as industry professionals to examine and celebrate the complex and compelling world that Whedon has created in such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly/Serenity.  Whether you are a Whedon fan, a media pop culture fan or simply enjoy reading smart, fun essays, you are going to love this book!

Now, for that awesome contributor list I mentioned - check out this Table of Contents!

IntroductionLynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish

The Girls Next Door: Learning to Live with the Living Dead and Never Even Break a Nail:   Seanan McGuire

Ramping Up for a Decade with Joss Whedon:  Nancy Holder

Outlaws & Desperadoes:   Sharon Shinn

An Interview with Jane Espenson

My (Fantasy) Encounter with Joss Whedon (And What I’ve Learned from the Master):
  Jeanne C. Stein  

The Ages of Dollhouse: Autobiography through Whedon: Sigrid Ellis

A Couch Potato’s Guide to Demon Slaying: Turning Strangers into Family, Buffy-Style: 
 Heather Shaw

Smart Is Sexy: An Appreciation of Firefly’s Kaylee:
  Laurel Brown

Teething Troubles and Growing Up:  Caroline Symcox

Transgressing with Spike and Buffy:  NancyKay Shapiro

Brand New Day: The Evolution of the Doctor Horrible FandomPriscilla Spenser

“We’re Here to Save You”:  Elizabeth Bear

Imperfectly Perfect: Why I Really Love Buffy For Being a Pill Sometimes:
  Mariah Huehner

My European VacationKelly Hale

Romancing the Vampire and Other Shiny Bits:
  Lyda Morehouse/Tate Hallaway
An Interview with Juliet Landau

I Am Joss Whedon’s Bitch:  Maria Lima

Going Dark:  Jackie Kessler

Joss Giveth:  Jaala Robinson

The Kindness of Monsters:
  Sarah Monette

Shelve Under Television, Young Adult:  Jody Wurl

The Browncoat Connection:  Dae Low

Late to the Party: What Buffy Never Taught Me about Being a Girl:  Racheline Maltese

How an Atheist and His Demons Created a Shepherd:  Meredith McGrath

Older and Far Away:  Jamie Craig

Why Joss Is More Important Than His ‘VerseTeresa Jusino

Let’s Go to Work:  Catherynne M. Valente

Something to Sing About: 
Jenn Reese

Malcolm Reynolds, the Myth of the West, and Me:
  Emma Bull

This is our crew - the smartest and fiercest professional and amateur writers in the 'verse. Can you blame me for running around in circles with a huge grin on my face?  Not to mention that working with the fabulous Lynne M. Thomas has been an absolute joy and one of my favorite aspects of the project.  Expect more blathering about this - how could I not?  Did you *see* this contributor list?!!

Whedonistas is scheduled for release on March 15, 2011 by Mad Norwegian Press and can be pre-ordered at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.