When I was at SFContario last weekend, I attended a panel on “Review and Criticism in the SF Field”, which gave me a lot of good ideas to apply to The Portal . . . among them (as proposed by Patrick Nielsen Hayden) creating a weekly aggregation of interesting writing about genre fiction available on the web. Hence “The Key” was born.
This idea is still in its infancy—we don’t have many links this week, and we’ll occasionally include something older because it seems worth mentioning—but we’re going to keep plugging away at it, and our readers’ recommendations will doubtless add to the mix. Elizabeth and I both contributed to this sampling, and we hope you’ll enjoy what we found.
- “What?! No Romance in Your Dark Fantasy Novel, ‘Half World’?”!
Hiromi Goto / Jeff VanderMeer
Omnivoracious (Amazon blogs)
Hiromi Goto provides an alternative to female teenage protagonists defining themselves through attachment to a fantastical male love object.
- Queering SFF: Writing Queer—Languages of Power
A detailed exploration of how to write queer characters and their interactions with the world of your story.
- Terra Incognita: A Brief History of Mexican Science Fiction
An overview of Mexican science fiction from the 18th century to the present.
- The Production of Canon: A Pointless Argument?
The World In The Satin Bag
An argument that creating an SF canon is inherently pointless.
- Question: être prêt pour écrire
Experiences en temps réel
A discussion of types of writers and how to begin a writing project, appropriately for November (NaNoWriMo). (We will usually focus on English since that is the language this magazine is written in, but if we are brought something particularly good in another language, we will not hesitate to include it so that our readers who can understand that language will find out about it.)