Janine Spendlove:

Wow… I don’t even know what to say.

I look at the number of people Athena’s Daughters has backing it, and it’s a bit staggering.

I mean, I never doubted the project would fund, and hit a few stretch goals, but then this project just took off like crazy. All you wonderful people have believed not just in us, but proven through your support for TWO anthologies entirely about women that there is both a place and desire for well-developed female role models in science fiction and fantasy.

So I guess all I can really say at this point, is thank you. Thank you so very much.

Maggie Allen:

You like us! You really, really like us! Ok, or you like the idea of women writing sci-fi/fantasy as much as we do.  When Janine first pitched this idea to me, my reaction was SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.


It seems like many of you have felt the same way. We are so grateful for your support, not only for your support of Silence in the Library, but for your validating our own feelings that women belong in SF/F.  And we hope that the stories we have written (and that our fellow male authors in the companion volume, Apollo’s Daughters have written) will introduce you to a whole new range of female characters for you to enjoy.

Thank you so much for making this project successful beyond our wildest dreams.


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Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy World she is primarily known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She has several short stories published in various anthologies alongside such authors as Aaron Allston, Jean Rabe, Michael A. Stackpole, Bryan Young, and Timothy Zahn. She is also the co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in Washington, DC. She is currently at work on her next novel. Find out more a JanineSpendlove.com.

Maggie Allen recently started writing short fiction, but for her day job at NASA she has years of experience writing and podcasting about various non-fiction topics in astronomy and astrophysics. Maggie is a guitarist and singer in the rock band “Naked Singularity,” which released its first album of original music in 2013.  She has also been a long-time member of the costuming community, and has run her popular costume research and resource sites (padawansguide.com and costumersguide.com) for the past 14 years. Her writer website may be found here: http://writermaggie.blogspot.com