Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of All Things Gaming by the Women Who Love It

In Chicks Dig Gaming, editors Jennifer Brozek (Apocalypse Ink Productions), Robert Smith? (Who is the Doctor?) and Lars Pearson (the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig series) bring together essays by nearly three dozen female writers to celebrate the gaming medium and its creators, and to examine the characters and games that they love.  

Catherynne M. Valente (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland…) examines Super Mario Bros. through the lens of Samsara, the Wheel of Birth and Rebirth; Seanan McGuire (the Toby Daye series) shows how gaming taught her math; G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen) grapples with World of Warcraft; and Rosemary Jones (Forgotten Realms) celebrates adventurer Nellie Bly and the board game she inspired.

Other contributors include Emily Care Boss (Gaming as Women), Racheline Maltese (The Book of Harry Potter Triffles…), Mary Anne Mohanraj (Bodies in Motion), Jody Lynn Nye (the MythAdventures series), and E. Lily Yu (“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”).

Catherynne Valente Catherynne M. Valente is the author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, The Habitation of the Blessed, Deathless and Six Gun Snow White. Time magazine named her fantasy novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making as among the Top 10 fiction books of 2012. Indistinguishable from Magic, a collection of more than 60 of her essays, was published in 2014.

Seanan McGuire Seanan McGuire has been gaming since middle school, when she first discovered the Fighting Fantasy books at a library book sale. She went on to dabble in many systems before embracing Champions (because math) and White Wolf (because the Order of Hermes). She can still recite the Code of Hermes, which is occasionally disturbing. Seanan is the author of multiple series, under both her own name and the name Mira Grant.

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