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Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
Quirk Books
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Audiobook narrated by Jodelle Ferland!
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Also available in Turkish!

In Wonder Women, I introduce you to pioneering female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors—each profile a study in passion, smarts, and stick-to-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.

Wonder Women is an absolute delight! As told by Sam Maggs, the lives of these trailblazing women leap off the page, bursting with entertaining anecdotes and fascinating facts that are sure to capture the imaginations of younger readers. The fantastically diverse assortment of women profiled in this book is proof positive that women have always accomplished amazing things, and the interviews with contemporary women illuminate the extraordinary achievements women are making (and the extraordinary challenges women still face) today. As Maggs emphasizes in her introduction, representation matters, and Wonder Women is an inspiring example of exactly the kind of representation we need to see a lot more of.”—Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency
 

“I honestly can’t remember the last time I picked up a book and read straight through to the end without looking up. Each one of these baller women deserves their own shelf. Wonder Women is a must-read in my house and should be in yours, too.”—Margaret Stohl, author of Beautiful Creatures

“Too often women in history—particularly in STEM fields—are ignored and forgotten. Not by Sam Maggs. Through brilliant writing that is both factual and fun, Sam pulls back the curtain of history to show us just how kickass these amazing wonder women are. Be smart like the ladies described in this book and grab a copy today!”—Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe and A World Without You

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Star Trek: Waypoint #2
IDW Comics, November 23, 2016
Pre-order at your local comic book store using DIAMOND code SEP160454

Part of the new Star Trek anthology series, I have a one-shot story in issue 2! Here’s the solicit:

 This month, two stories from different ends of the galaxy! First, a GOLD KEY homage from New York Times best-selling Star Trek author Dayton Ward, with Trek novelist and collaborator Kevin Dilmore, and art by Gordon Purcell (Star Trek), where Kirk and Spock find an uncharted planet inhabited by monstrous robots! And finally, a story by Sam Maggs, bestselling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, with art by Rachael Stott (Star Trek, Doctor Who). Learn the backstory of Yeoman Leslie Thompson, the first and ONLY redshirt to die in the ORIGINAL SERIES!

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
Quirk Books, 2015
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Audiobook narrated by Holly Conrad!
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Also available in French and Portuguese!

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

“Short, thorough, wide-spread, funny, and varied—I wish I’d had this handbook when I first ventured into the fanzones!”—Tamora Pierce, author of The Song of the Lioness series

“Everyone could use tips on how to be a better and happier geek from this book. Maggs dishes out the best advice on cosplay, gaming, fan fiction, social media and even how to battle trolls. You’ll start reading as student and leave a Jedi Master. May this book be with you always.”—Bonnie Burton, author of The Star Wars Craft Book and You Can Draw: Star Wars

“Part analysis and part celebration, this handbook thoroughly explores geekdom and the way women have made it their own. A must-have for anyone interested in fangirl culture.”—Beth Revis, author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series

“This FANtastic book embraces and encourages the growing number of women who are unleashing their glorious and gorgeous inner geeks.  It celebrates the nerdy girl in all of us. Such fun!”—Amanda Tapping, actress from Stargate SG-1and Statgate Atlantis

 

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The Geek Girl’s Litany for Feminism
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Okay, technically this is merch and not a book, but what are you, the cops? Straight from The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, this litany lets you shout your geek girl pride from the rooftops. You can grab your very own copy of the feminist fangirl manifesto as a poster, magnet, tote bag, and more!

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The Secret Loves of Geek Girls
Dark Horse, October 2016
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My illustrated essay, Popping the Heat Sink: When Video Game Love Becomes True Love is in this amazing anthology edited by Hope Nicholson, with contributors from everyone from Margaret Atwood to Marguerite Bennett. It’s pretty dang good. If you missed out on the Kickstarter, you can grab the Dark Horse edition next fall!

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OUTSIDE IN 2: 125 Unique Perspectives on 125 Modern Doctor Who Stories by 125 Writers
ATB Publishing, 2016
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Edited by Who expert Robert Smith?, this anthology features a piece on every episode of Doctor Who from “Rose” to “Last Christmas” – articles in two voices, letters to the Daily Mail, memoirs, lists, poems, diaries, text messages, scripts, a quiz, job applications, role-playing games, a choose-your-own-adventure, Latin translations, recipes, wedding vows, haikus, insurance claims and musical numbers. Mine is co-written with Mark Askwith and Nikki Stafford, and is about the 11th Doctor episode “The Power of Three.”

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Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of Gaming by the Women Who Love It
Mad Norwegian, 2014
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Editors Jennifer Brozek (Apocalypse Ink Productions), Robert Smith? (Who is the Doctor?) and Lars Pearson (editor-in-chief, 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 series that they love. My essay, “Go For The Eyes, Gamer Girls, Go For The Eyes!” is my love letter to fantasy RPGs like Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, and Skyrim.

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The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
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Jason Barr and Camille D. G. Mustachio present several essays that use language as an entry point into the character and universe of Doctor Who. Ranging from the original to the rebooted television series—through the adventures of the first eleven Doctors—these essays explore how written and spoken language have been used to define the Doctor’s ever-changing identities, shape his relationships with his many companions, and give him power over his enemies—even the implacable Daleks. My essay focuses on the Seventh Doctor, “Ghost Light,” and how it compares to nineteenth-century literature.

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