Category Archives: Science Fiction

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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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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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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I Want to be the Time-Traveler, Not His Wife

That the book title The Time Traveler’s Wife even exists speaks to a problem in a meta-sense. It’s telling that,┬áright in the damn title of one of the most celebrated books of last decade, one of the most classic and … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Fangirlgasm

I reviewed Phantasm Japan, a 2014 anthology edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington, on Skiffy and Fanty today, and this post title is the resultant completely unintentional bad pun that brings me shame, but I am constitutionally unable to … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Sisters

Having a little sister — who is my partner in crime, general mayhem, and comedic performance art — I’ve always loved stories about them, whether they’re sisters of the blood or those of the heart. And I’ve read one of … Continue reading

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5 SF/F Books That Ace the Bechdel Test

In case ya missed it, I guest blogged on Pornokitsch this last Friday. It occurred to me that we talk about whether media passes the Bechel test pretty frequently, but I’d never heard a discussion about media that makes an … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Solaris Rising 3

Solaris Rising 3, a 2014 science fiction anthology edited by Ian Whates, is a solid and memorable collection. There’s a story from Aliette de Bodard’s award-winning Dai Viet universe, a far future postcolonial space opera, that brings to mind the … Continue reading

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