shadows and spaceships

I'm the author of SKYLARK and THESE BROKEN STARS, among other young adult novels. Gamer, Star Trek fan, and lifelong Browncoat. Learn more here.
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picked up These Broken Stars from the library and from what I’ve seen via bookmad's posts, I think I'm about to destroy my life??

It did not matter who the client was. I watched him ensnare them with nothing more than a smile and a sweep of his eyes.
The Young Elites (releases Oct. 7, 2014). Stop by any Barnes & Noble this Friday - Sunday (7/18-20), and get a free 50-page sampler of the book! (via marielubooks)

(via amiekaufman)


Am I the only one who liked Nebula more than Gamora?

On the one hand, I’m tired of science fiction/action movies in which the only female characters are mean/hate-y to each other. (And we wonder why so many guys are all “why are women such bitches”?) Assuming there’s even two female characters present to bitch at each other in the first place.

But Gamora and Nebula’s relationship had the potential to go deeper than that, an actual love/rivalry/hatred thing (though the rivalry did most revolve around a father-figure/captor-figure, which meh). I wished we could’ve had more interactions between them and actually explored that, because the whole “sister” thing could’ve been reeaally interesting if we’d had time to look at it. (Plus: Karen Gillan! <3 Also, Zoe Saldana in a SF role that is interesting! *cough*jjabramsstartrekuhurafail*cough*) I get they weren’t the focus of the movie, and structurally, I’m fine with the screentime they get.

But I did still have problems with GotG from a gender perspective. It would’ve been nice to see more ladies in the movie. (Other than Nebula, Gamora, and Nova Prime, there’s really only Quill’s dead mother, Quill’s one-night-stand girl, and the Collector’s slave girl who blows up after daring to touch the shiny thing, and they’re all bit parts and all “belong” to the characterization arcs of the men they’re associated with AND are either sex objects or mothers, so kind of undermine the whole point anyway.) 

I get that having three whole women with speaking roles and (mostly) independent motivations is practically revolutionary among a lot of action/superhero movies. But NONE of the incidental side/background characters were women, except for one of Nova Prime’s (I think?) assistants. As far as I know (tho correct me if I’m wrong) none of the Nova Corps pilots were women, none of the prison guards, none of Yondu’s space pirates, none of Ronan’s bounty hunter retrieval squad dudes, etc. Maybe Yondu is a total misogynist and that’s why he doesn’t have any women among his Ravagers. Maybe Ronan’s sexist too (and given what little we know of him in the film, it does seem likely). But for everyone in all of Space to be so sexist as to never hire women? Surely misogyny is not rampant on EVERY single planet in the galaxy, because that just makes me sad. I’m not super familiar with Guardians of the Galaxy outside the movie, so maybe there’s some reason in the comics why in space there are basically no women anywhere, but it seems unlikely.

When I write, I always go back through to make sure I’m not using “male” as the default whenever I have a background character whose gender is not significant for their purpose in the story. It happens accidentally, because that’s just kind of how we’re conditioned to see the world thanks to our media. Male is the norm, female is the exception—not a good state of affairs, but one that changes only as the media we consume does. So it would’ve been nice if whoever cast the extras had taken the time to check this issue in GotG! Or, you know, in every action movie ever.

(Note: Still loved this movie. Still plan on seeing it X-bajillion times. But you don’t have to agree with every aspect of a thing to love it. You also don’t have to hate something just because it has a few flaws. So there.)

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My father and his stupid fixation on mythology. He told me all the old stories when I was little, of warring gods and goddesses, and I almost imagined he was one of them. All-powerful, all knowing. Someone to be worshiped unconditionally. But who names a starship the Icarus? What kind of man possesses that much hubris, that he dares it to fall?

Lilac, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (via loveyabooks)

There’s Greek mythology in all my books. I really can’t help it. It just… leaks out. I don’t know what I’ll do if I ever write a 100% secondary world (as opposed to parallel universe fantasy world as in the Skylark novels) and can’t legitimately reference Greek myth. >_> Probably explode.

Sometimes, during revisions/copy-edits/final-pass pages, I’ll read a sentence or a phrase or an idea that I originally wrote over a year ago and think, "Wow, that is actually kind of really good."

That thought is almost always followed immediately by one of two subsequent thoughts:

"Must have been a fluke."


"How come I can’t write like that anymore? I’ve lost whatever it was that made me able to do this…"

Fighting against these subsequent dismissive thoughts is, most days, at least 75% of my job.



They look so beautiful all together. My heart is full of happy. <3

I will re-tumbl this adorable ferret forever.


a drawing about optimism

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Ensemble “Blue Blood”

Historically inspired couture ensemble, made from soft black leather and intense blue lamé.
This outfit consists of an S curve underbust corset, matching bra, a fishtail skirt and leather bolero jacket.All items feature custom-designed lasercut motifs, carefully arranged to follow the curves of the body and match up at the seams.

The bolero jacket is also decorated with quilting around the collar and hems.

Royal Black Couture and Corsetry (x)

this dress tho


I’m pretty sure that when you put on this dress they just give you a kingdom and a black tower and a bunch of henchmen dudes who turn into crows at sunrise…

Learning that This Shattered World follows a different pair of main characters seems to have triggered this same general worriment among some readers—and the occasional reaction that goes beyond worriment and into what seems to be total panic(?). I have six things to say in response that will hopefully address some of it:

  1. You are asking the right questions. We want you to be asking those questions. We also intend to answer them. 
  2. Mostly. 
  3. It will hopefully become clear when you read it why we couldn’t have told the story of This Shattered World from the perspectives of Lilac and Tarver.
  4. L+T are in the second book, however. Telling you how and why they appear in it, though, would be a spoiler.
  5. The story-lines of all three books are very much connected. This is not the end.
  6. You’re awesome. <3

(PS: Bonus #7 is that some of it is actually addressed in the upcoming free e-short, This Night So Dark.)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Why do you often reply to people saying "sci-fi" and say "SF" or science fiction instead? I've seen other authors do this, but then sometimes they use sci-fi still, and I'm confused... it feels like being corrected, but I don't know why!
meaganspooner meaganspooner Said:

So the answer to this question is actually rooted in the history of science fiction as a genre, and a subject of debate for decades. It’s not so much a focus nowadays, which is probably why not everyone is aware of the distinction.

Historically, “sci-fi” has referred to more pulpy, plot-oriented, big-explosions-and-half-naked-slave-girls type stories. Movies like Independence Day—which I love, mind you, but would never try to call deep science fiction—that make it big at the box office, but that would leave you scratching your head if someone were to ask “What was the bigger theme?” (…freedom? ‘Murica? Alien computers need malware protection? Will Smith looks hot in a flight suit?? +++error+++) 

Whereas science fiction, classically speaking, is a genre that investigates intensely the human condition. In my opinion it’s the most intrinsically philosophical of all the various genres of fiction, though I’m certainly biased because it’s a favorite of mine. But by casting ourselves into the distant future, what we’re really talking about is what’s going on now in our society. Our current fears, our current questions. All the things we don’t know about the universe and wish we did, and all the things we’re too afraid to really ask about ourselves. A story about robots might really be about what it means to be human, and where we draw the line when it comes to sentience. A story about reincarnation might be about whether there’s such a thing as the soul.

Especially in the 80s and 90s, there was a lot of huffing and puffing about sci-fi vs. SF, and many believed that “sci-fi” was a demeaning term when applied to science fiction literature—that the abbreviation belittled its importance. (Imagine if you were trying to explain young adult literature being the diverse and moving and thoughtful category it is and someone came back and said in a skeptical tone: “Teenlit? Really?”) Proponents of the literary science fiction genre were frustrated at being dismissed by those who only saw the pulp, and never looked any further.

Personally I think there’s a place for pulp AND for literature. Yes, books like Contact and Stranger in a Strange Land absolutely blow my mind, but I also get a tremendous kick out of sci-fi blockbusters, too. I don’t think you have to only have one or the other. And I don’t think a single book, show, or movie has to be all under one umbrella or the other. I love Star Trek, and while many of the episodes ask really intense questions about our culture, our preconceptions, and our humanity, you also get episodes where the aliens get pissed (haha) off because the captain’s dog peed on a sacred tree, and episode arcs written solely so you can say “it’s the one where it’s Klingons vs. Nazis!”

To me, it’s rather like YA. Yeah, you have some books that are all flash and not much substance, and you have books at the complete other end of the spectrum, that stick in your mind and make you ask questions and then five years later you’re still like “What did that really mean?” Both are valid. Both are valuable.

If a flashy “teenlit” book gets a kid into reading who wasn’t that into it before, that’s awesome. (Not to mention that one person’s “flash” is another’s life-changer.) But that kid’s probably going to keep reading, and keep reading a lot, and will probably end up reading some really important young adult works, the kind that’ll change his or her life. And if a flashy blockbuster movie like Independence Day gets someone to go “You know what, actually science fiction is kind of awesome,” then that’s fantastic. Because you never know, they might eventually, one day, be led to pick up something deeper, one of those science fiction novels that asks the haunting and pervasive questions we’re too afraid to ask ourselves about the nature of humanity. And that’ll change them forever, too.

This got really long. Sorry. Bottom line: I’m usually not paying close enough attention to be intentionally trying to correct someone, so I wouldn’t worry about that, at least with me! I don’t take offense when someone calls me a sci-fi writer, not in the slightest. And sometimes I still use “sci-fi” and “SF” interchangeably, so it’s not like I’m a tyrant about it.

Call it whatever you want. But words do have power. And it’s nice to know where they come from, and why they do what they do. Because then you can choose how you want to use them.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Howdy, So i've been looking for this book. Its YA and Sci-Fi, and i've seen you reflagging things from it. I think it comes out next year, but i might be mistaken? Vague description: Guy makes girl help him do something, but guy loses memory and girl can now do things her own way... Since you are the queen of Sci-Fi, i'm hoping you recognise my very very vague description. HELP ME!
meaganspooner meaganspooner Said:

I thiiiiink you might be talking about Starflightan upcoming book from my fellow Hyperionite authormelissalanders. If that’s not what you’re talking about, then it should be, because how awesome does it sound?

(Also, I’m going to start requiring people to address me as “your majesty, Queen of Science Fiction.”)


if you like… STAR TREK

Welcome to my feature, If You Like…. INSERT THING HERE. In this feature, I’ll be sharing books related to various television shows, movies, other books…. anything and everything!

I am a huge Trekkie and have been for a few years now. I love the new movies that have recently been made, however the original series will always have a special place in my nerdy heart.

kirk and spock

Perhaps you lovely people are…

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Dude, what company to be in! <3 (Also: good eyebrows as always, Mr. Spock.)

This tickles me ever so, because I’ve been a Star Trek girl since age 5 when I started watching TNG with my dad. Love seeing TBS on this list!