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Nevertheless She Persisted is a sci-fi/fantasy flash fiction collection featuring unique visions of women inventing, playing, loving, surviving, and – of course – dreaming of themselves beyond their circumstances, according to the event’s page at Tor. It was the reaction of some world-class authors to the statement made when Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the floor of the United States Senate for reading the words of Coretta Scott King last month:

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

Yesterday, on International Women’s Day, a number of those authors ran with it, turning an attempt at subjugation into the inspiration behind a collection of stories you absolutely need to read. And you don’t have to pay a penny to do so; they are posted online at Tor, free and accessible to all. Enjoy, and perhaps even be inspired; I certainly was.

On March 9th, for one night only, Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale- will be on the big screen, this time with a story based on AR, rather than VR. This is another Fathom Events special transmitted digitally to theaters across North America, with the distribution rights going to Aniplex. It appears to be booked in more theaters than these things usually are, so there is a good chance it is somewhere nearby. The Anime are based on a series of light novels by the same name written by Reki Kawahara, who also had his Accel World series of books turned into Anime. Both series have also become Manga and Video Games, of course.

As I am sure most of the folks who visit this blog know, for the first week of every month, TOR Books makes an ebook available as a free download. It is always an excellent book by a very good author, and this time they chose the first two volumes of The Merchant Princes series, The Bloodline Feud by Charles Stross. This is a Paratime story about 3 different timelines and the families that can teleport between them, with criminal activities, social injustice, treachery, and revolution in the mix. The protagonist is smart and quick on the uptake as she literally falls into the middle of this while trying to learn a bit more about her birth mother. I couldn’t stop rooting for her through the entire series, and I really hope the author returns to that universe with more tales soon. The link at the top of the Tor page takes you to a place to buy the paperback version, so instead scroll down the page to get the link to sign up for the newsletter and claim your free ebook version.

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is the feature film coming to theaters later this year, continuing the saga. This trailer has the Lisa theme song as its core, and a story line based on a nightmare from VR starting to spread into reality by way of AR. Not just based on the light novels by Reki Kawahara but actually written by her specifically for the movie, I am looking forward to seeing this one on the big screen.