Current Issue
Vol. 4 No. 4 — October 2014
Special Focus on Women
and the Gaming World

Essays
Asking the Right Questions in Games
   by Fred Zeleny

The Women of Dragon Age
   by Marie Brennan

The Othering of Women in Gaming
    by L. Wagner

Grandmother Magma
The Legend of Kit Reed
   by Marc Laidlaw

Reviews
Chicks Dig Gaming, edited by Jennifer Brozek,
Robert Smith?, and Lars Pearson
   reviewed by Victoria Elisabeth Garcia

Mass Effect Trilogy, by BioWare
   reviewed by Rachel Blackman

Long Live the Queen, by Hanako Games
  reviewed by Linsey Duncan

Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games by Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency
   reviewed by Arinn Dembo

Story
The Old Testacles
   by Anna Tambour

Featured Artist
Realm Lovejoy

The Cascadia Subduction Zone

A decade into the 21st century, the world of books, the world of the arts, the world of criticism have all been caught up in violent, unpredictable change. A large part of this change has been unleashed by a continual stream of technological innovations that impact our daily lives and even our personal as well as professional relationships. Technology is changing how we read and what we read, is challenging the very forms and genres in which we write, and is making criticism and reflection more valuable and necessary than it's ever been.

Despite the many and continual changes reshaping the world of books and the arts, one factor remains constant: work by women writers is always assigned a marginal status in critical venues (except, of course, in venues that focus exclusively on work by women writers).

The CSZ aims to treat work by women as vital and central rather than marginal. What we see, what we talk about, and how we talk about it matters. Seeing, recognizing, and understanding is what makes the world we live in. And the world we live in is, itself, a sort of subduction zone writ large.

“Since its launch in 2011 The Cascadia Subduction Zone has emerged as one of the best critical journals the field has to offer.”
  Jonathan McCalmont, February 18, 2013, Hugo Ballot Nomination

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