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Long Time, No Blog

I haven’t been around much, as the first half of the year I was working on a bigger, more important project, and so far I haven’t had much energy in the second. So: onto a frenetic burst of blogging to cover … 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: Long Hidden

It’s difficult to do justice for a collection like Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. When I first came across it, I knew what I expected: narratives that were non-Anglo in origin, perhaps with some LGBTQ and … Continue reading

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Review: Scale-Bright

The first fully-formed thought I had about Scale-Bright, a 2014 novella by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, is that it begs to be made into a graphic novel. A demon theater with pendant lights of upside-down jellyfish and patrons with dragonfly wings, threaded … 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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Review – Who Fears Death?

Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor’s 2010 winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Carl Brandon Society Kindred Award, shares many of the bones of the prototypical epic fantasy novel — the singular birth of the main character and a … Continue reading

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Review: Unexpected Stories

Unexpected Stories, posthumously-discovered short fiction by Octavia Butler, was released this week just two days after what would have been her 67th birthday. Walter Mosley writes in the foreword that reading this novella and short story is a bit like … Continue reading

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Review: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

Genevieve Valentine’s 2014 novel The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is a retelling of the fairy tale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” my favorite story as a little kid. I’m not sure why I loved it so much — perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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Review: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Part II

(I reviewed the original fiction section of Women Destroy Science Fiction! here.) The essays in this anthology, acquired and edited by Wendy N. Wagner, capture a great breadth and depth of experience. Some highlights: Mary Robinette Kowal’s roundtable interview with … Continue reading

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Review: Women Destroy Science Fiction! Part I

At close to five hundred pages, this June special issue of Lightspeed Magazine is less what you think of as a “magazine” as it is an anthology. This compilation is a response to dudebros’ hurt feels that women are “destroying … Continue reading

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