Dec 11 2012
Tuesday News: Google funds gender roles analysis in film; FTC says it will crack down on privacy in apps; Amazon and Baen make a deal
Yesterday was Ada Lovelace’s birthday and given her historical significance, it brought to mind the recent debate about women’s place in historical fiction. One reader shared with author Scott Lynch his dismay that Lynch would write about a wish fulfillment story featuring a black middle aged female pirate. Lynch profanely tells the reader that he can take his desire for “realism” elsewhere.
Ada is a historically accurate figure. After all, she lived from 1815 1852, the only legitimate child born to Lord Byron. “Her notes on the [Analytical Engine] include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Because of this, she is often considered the world’s first computer programmer.” Her mother fostered Ada’s mathematics training in an effort to root out any inherited madness. Oh, authors of Victorian era books, you have so much to work with!
“With Google’s grant, the institute will reach out to developers to automate the collection of data, designating how women fit into fictional and non-fictional worlds. The institute has not made clear how it hopes to identify women and further establish their marginalization through that automation process (presumably that’s mostly for the developers to figure out), but we imagine a combination of audio and visual analysis that check for a number of typical female identifiers would do the trick.”
- Old bundles will no longer be available at bundle-pricing.
- Some books will need to be removed from the Baen Free Library (download and back them up now!)
- Future webscription style ebooks will be available only until publication date. After they will be available only as single purchase titles.
- Backlist prices are increasing from $6 to $9.99 for hardcover and $8.99 for grade. Mass markets will be at $6
- Unlikely that CDs will be bundled into hardcovers.