The Utopiales convention: an interview of Lionel Davoust

photo credit: Mott Just like Sylvie Lainé, Lionel Davoust answered a few questions for the Portal during the convention Utopiales in Nantes. Lionel Davoust is well-known in the French milieu for the quality of his translations, but also for his remarkable work as a writer. His short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies... Continue Reading →

The Portal Archive: Fantasy Magazine, November 2010

The November issue of Fantasy is moody, melancholy and perfectly suited for a crisp fall afternoon. The stories touch on life and death and what comes after, focusing on what haunts the living left behind when the dead can't quite let go. The stories also explore familial obligation, the idea of transformation, and the accompanying... Continue Reading →

Short Break

Happy new year to all our blog readers! Charles and I are taking a short break, and will be back around the 4th of January, to start the new year in style! We've got lots of good stuff forthcoming in 2011, including many short stories from around the world, published weekly, the usual round of... Continue Reading →

The Key, 25 December 2010

The week before New Years', we devote most of this linkfest to musings on prognostication. Teenagers with Bite, Part 2 Karen Healey Strange Horizons An interesting glimpse into a subgenre of fantasy I'd never paid much attention to—YA vampire novels (even if their worlds still sound painfully oversimplified): She's more likely to be helplessly vomiting... Continue Reading →

A Literary Review and Comparative Essay on Islam in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Originally published in the journal Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction Issue 105: Fall 2009, Islam and Science Fiction has posted A Literary Review and Comparative Essay on Islam in Science Fiction and Fantasy (pdf): "This article will provide a literary review of some scholarly writings on Islamic science fiction and fantasy and an... Continue Reading →

The Portal Archive: Beneath Ceaseless Skies #56

Beneath Ceaseless Skies is an online magazine dedicated to literary adventure fantasy (in their words, “adventure fantasy plots in vivid secondary worlds, but written with a literary flair.”)  Every two weeks, they publish an issue containing two new stories; they also release selected stories in audio format on a slightly delayed schedule.  The audio fiction... Continue Reading →

Imaginários 3

After a few years of apparent stagnation, the speculative fiction market has been gaining strength in Brazil, with top publishers bringing foreign authors, and independent publishers opening the door for local ones. There are exceptions, but that’s how most publishers operate. Imaginários 3, from Draco Pub. Co, is a fantasy, science fiction and horror collection... Continue Reading →

The Vilcek Foundation’s Shattering Stereotypes Issue

The Vilcek Foundation's summer newsletter focuses on Shattering Stereotypes: Immigrant Artists and Writers Transform the World of Cartoons and Comics. Here's their table of contents: Straddling Worlds: The Immigrant Connection to Superheroes Playing Against Type: Marvel Comics' Greg Pak Creates a New Kind of Hero Comics, Cartoons, and Covers: Françoise Mouly Does Them All You... Continue Reading →

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