Bruce Sterling is trying to make a point over here. Mind you, I’m not sure what his point is. It sorta smacks of the old assurance from A Certain Male SF Writer that his female colleagues didn’t have to write fantasy! They could, with only a little research, learn to write science fiction, too.
Lack of caffeine, right.
Anyhow, Mr. Sterling provides a list, lifted from a Must Read SF posting at The Galaxy Express, with the note that there is not a single male author appearing. One of the authors listed is Steve Miller, who, last time I checked — quite recently, in fact — was male. And an author.
When this was pointed out to Mr. Sterling, he amended his editorial to exclaim that there was a male author of half a book! on the list.
Since there were three books listed by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Mr. Sterling clearly can’t do arithmetic, either.
Back to the point of the thing.
If there is only a single male author of SFRomance on the list compiled by Galaxy Express, does that mean there are no men writing SFRomance? I confess that I can’t think of a name — ref. lack of caffeine — but perhaps someone else can?
And! If there are “no” men writing SFRomance, does that automatically make SFRomance an Inferior Form, as Mr. Sterling’s commentary seems to suggest?