Jo Walton and Su Sokol to speak at our March 10 meeting

Hotel Espresso, 1005 Guy Street, corner of René Lévesque, 13:00h

MonSFFA’s March 10 meeting will welcome two special guests on the topic of women in SF/F, Jo Walton and Su Sokol .

Some points to ponder:

Who are the Genre’s most notable women writers, and why don’t we hear about them quite as much as we hear about their male counterparts?

What obstacles have and do women writers face in a Genre long
dominated by men? Are female writers finally making their mark on SF/F, or have they already done so, and long been recognized for
their contributions? Do the characters, worlds, aliens, of speculative stories penned by women differ greatly, broadly speaking, from those of male authors?

What constitutes a “Feminist” SF/F story, and can only a female writer truly write one? What of female characters in SF/F?
Can men convincingly write female characters, and conversely, women male characters?

We’ll tackle these and other questions with our special guests, Hugo-, Nebula- and World Fantasy-award-winning author Jo Walton, and lawyer and social activist Su Sokol, a writer of
speculative and interstitial fiction.

Come meet Jo and Su at MonSFFA’s March 10 gathering.

Hubble reveals exoplanet’s atmosphere

Hubble reveals the most detailed exoplanet atmosphere we’ve seen to date

The new data suggests WASP-39b made a fantastic migration across its planetary system.


WASP-39b is classified as a hot-Saturn that orbits a star similar to the Sun, 700 light-years from Earth. The combined data from Hubble, Spitzer, and ground-based telescopes make it the most detailed atmosphere we’ve observed outside our solar system.

NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Dissecting the atmospheric compositions of exoplanets helps us interpret the vast and complex universe we live in — and our own solar system, closer to home. Our findings continually pump the public and science community alike with curious excitement, and with the most comprehensive set of observations ever conducted, exoplanet WASP-39b’s atmospheric revelations didn’t disappoint.

A team of British and American researchers combined new data from NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space Telescope with previous data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and ESO’s Very Large Telescope to create an amazingly detailed atmospheric analysis of exoplanet WASP-39b. The results are the most in-depth analysis of an exoplanet atmosphere possible with available technology.

“We need to look outward to help us understand our own Solar System,” said lead investigator, Hannah Wakeford of the University of Exeter and of the Space Telescope Science Institute, in a press release.