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Nancy Fulda
Science Fiction and Fantasy Author
Science Fiction and Fantasy Author

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Random thought: Why is time spent as a full-time parent not considered management experience?

As I transition into research and academia, I notice countless ways parenting has augmented my skills: task-switching, prioritization, resource management, scheduling and logistics, guidance counseling, conflict management, mentoring skills... the list goes on. I am a much, much better instructor and researcher because of my years at home. And yet if I were looking for work, the interviewer would never ask, "Tell me about your time as a parent. How do those experiences qualify you for this position?"

Obviously not all parents are alike, and I'm not claiming it's the same as working for a Fortune 500 company. But it's odd that small-time management for a startup that died after three months is valid resume material, while 13 years spent nurturing special needs children... isn't.

I dunno - It just seems that women's return to the workforce would be easier if western society didn't chronically undervalue time spent with home and family.


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Fun news - HUMANITY 2.0 (which currently tops several Bestseller lists on amazon) is on sale for $2.99. I'm told the price reverts back to normal tomorrow.

Also, CHASING SHADOWS is out! This book has been a long time in coming. David Brin approached me about writing a story for it way back in... 2015? I think it was 2015. So I wrote this awesome story about a deep space native returning to earth for the first time - and I do mean awesome; it does some really intriguing exploration of floater vs. grounder society - and then I had to wait almost two years for the Behemoth That Is Publishing to put it in print.

So. NOW you may read it.
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Humanity 2.0 is an anthology of science fiction stories that examine how interstellar travel might change us as a species. Will we choose to upload our minds into a singularity? Enhance ourselves with alien DNA? Will our bodies remain the same, but our culture and societal norms change considerably to accommodate for effects of time dilation, or become subsumed by advanced alien species? What will it mean to be human in such a future?


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My friend Megan Grey has a new book out! The title story is one of the most significant publications in speculative fiction last year. In fact, it was nearly nominated for the Hugo before voters realized that it was technically in the January 2015 Issue of Fireside, even though the story released in December. (Which means it's eligible THIS year.)

Despite a new job, a return to grad school, and top secret family-related developments which have nothing at all to do with writing, I am delighted to be returning to the Life, the Universe, and Everything symposium at the Provo Marriott Hotel this year. Happy schedule details follow:

**Discovering David Brin**
Thursday, Feb. 11 at 9:00 AM
From “The Postman” to Brin’s nonfiction “Freedom of Speech”, and McGannon Communication Award winning “The Transparent Society”. Hugely influential, Brin is a 2010 fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. In other words, he’s too cool for you not to drop everything and go hear all about him. Right now.

**Religion in Science Fiction**
Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10:00 AM
Discussion of the ways religion has been expressed in science fiction, and ways it might be explored in a setting that focuses on what is sometimes considered its antithesis: science.

**The Culture of Immortality**
Saturday, Feb. 13 at 5PM
This panel has no official description on the LTUE web site. Perhaps because the title says it all?

I hope to see many old and new friends at the symposium. However, because I’m likely to be popping in and out (Life. It happens.) the only way to be sure of catching me is if you swing by before or after one of my panels. Or by like, emailing me and pre-arranging lunch. I’m open to stuff like that.

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Operation Awesome invites me to discuss the differences between writing for children and writing for adults - which don't fall along the same lines I'd originally assumed.

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Visiting SFWA with a guest post about internet controversy. Or rather, about what it looks like from the inside.

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Guest-posting at Beth Cato's web site today with Nutella reminiscing and a yummy recipe.

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Today I visit Spencer Ellsworth with a guest post on Writing and Parenting.

"When Spencer invited me to do a post for his Writing and Parenting series, I froze up for a long time. What can I possibly say that hasn’t already been said? The guest bloggers here have talked about poison changeling daughters and tossing pee out of car windows, for crying out loud. I cannot top that. (And that’s probably a good thing.)
But as I skimmed through the posts, an idea started to form."


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Why the pseudonym, people ask.

Basically, it's a branding thing. I usually write hard science fiction and secondary-world fantasy. This time I wrote a cutesy halloween book with interior drawings. The overlap in those two audiences isn't very big. (Well, ok, it's bigger than, say, the overlap between historical romance and near-future military SF. Because even hard science fiction readers have kids.)

But on a broad scale, people who buy my Asimov's reprints aren't going to be the same people who fall in love with Arthur and Genevieve. If I publish them all under the same byline, they're going to show up all jumbled together anytime someone does a web search for "Nancy Fulda". In other words, it makes it harder for people to find the books they're actually looking for, and the last thing you want to do as an author is make it harder for people to buy your books.

So. Universe: Meet Sherrida Pope. She's me. Only cutesy.
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