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2015 Year in Review

Obligatory year in review/awards recommendation post. Virtually all I read was short fiction and nonfiction, so at least it’s brief!

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Short Fiction Second Quarterly Survey + Roundup

Vote for your favorite short fiction of April, May, and June here. The deadline is Monday, August 17 — which means that if you would like to catch up with issues of zines you missed, you’ve still got a bit … Continue reading

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Stuff I’m Up To

My February short fiction post is up at Skiffy and Fanty. Some powerfully emotionally evocative ones this month. I also decided to start trying to cover at least one novella a month, because if there aren’t enough sources to filter … Continue reading

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The Drama Around

I’ve been doing some thinking and discussion lately about short fiction and what sorts of forces elevate some stories to be discussed, included in best of anthologies, and nominated for awards. Looking at examples from last year and the early … Continue reading

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Two More Lovely Stories, and Ringing in the New Year

Once there was a little girl, born at midnight during the Feast of the Sacrifice, in a certain city of Arabia. The baby’s mother, sighing, named her Dunya. Dunya means “the world,” but what her mother meant by that, no … Continue reading

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Book Selfie! With The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women

The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane, was published last month. Not sure when I’ll be able to get to reviewing it because mammoth, but wanted to commemorate the occasion somehow. So I tracked … Continue reading

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Lovely Stories, Things for Ballots

A wee handful of things I’ve read recently for which it’s very tempting to post nothing but links along with an endless sequence of hearts. “Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land”┬áby Ruthanna Emrys is a vision of a Jewish Narnia. … Continue reading

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5 2015 Fantasy Books To Look Forward To

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest Once upon a time two best friends created a character together and told her adventures in comic book form. When one of the pair dies in a tragic accident, so ends the storytelling … Continue reading

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Five 2015 Science Fiction Books To Look Forward To

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor A genetically modified woman is the protagonist of this Afrofuturist prequel to Who Fears Death, Okorafor’s compulsively readable post-apocalyptic vision of epic fantasy. The setting and protagonists — a biracial east African young … Continue reading

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Girl Cooties in your FTL Drive!

Last week I wrote about the dearth of female protagonists in stories about time travel. This is somewhat less true for the cluster of subgenres with space as their setting — women rarely get to travel in time, but they … Continue reading

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