Tag Archives: science fiction

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 Discussion: Apocalypses and Mythologies

Two stories I read recently are apocalypses told not from a human perspective but intelligent perspectives outside of it — an android and parrots, respectively — which I think achieve a distance that allows a certain critique of humanity that … Continue reading

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Review: The Beauty by Aliya Whitely

The Beauty, a 2014 novella by Aliya Whitely, takes place in a near-future in which a fungal disease killed off all women a few years prior. The characters are an isolated, self-sufficient enclave of men, and the nearby cemetery in which … Continue reading

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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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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, right 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: 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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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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Books To Look Forward To

Scale-Bright by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, a novella from Immersion Press to be published August 31. I’ve actually already read this as the author was kind enough to send me an ARC; but I’m looking forward to rereading it, which I’m going … Continue reading

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