Ancestors Watch Over Her: Aliette de Bodard’s Space Operas

by Athena Andreadis Note: this is part of a series in which I discuss works of the contributors to The Other Half of the Sky. Links to other entries in the series appear at the end of each discussion. The article originally appeared at Starship Reckless and recent discussions within the SFF community make it... Continue Reading →

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Monday Original Content: Superficial Darkness and Luminous Ink

by Athena Andreadis; originally posted at Starship Reckless There has been a resurgence of arguments over grimdark fantasy, sparked by Joe Abercrombie’s recent second salvo after his earlier pas-de-deux with Leo Grin. This time around, Abercrombie equated “realism” (as in: non-stop pillage and teen-level gothness… or is it kvothness?) with “honesty” while arguing with a... Continue Reading →

Monday Original Content: The Persistent Neoteny of Science Fiction

by Athena Andreadis; originally posted at Starship Reckless. "Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful." -- Philip K. Dick When Margaret Atwood stated that she does not write science... Continue Reading →

Lavie Tidhar interviewed at the Portal

The Portal interviews Lavie Tidhar, about the World SF Blog, nomination for the World Fantasy Award, the World SF Travel Fund, writing and new novel Osama: Q: What does the blog’s tagline “ideologically suspect” encompass? A: Well, it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, obviously. Occasionally I’d play with different sub-headings. But I think it has a serious... Continue Reading →

Online Supplement of World Literature Today Available

The full contents of the World Literature Today special SF issue supplement have now been posted online: Call for papers: 2011 Eaton SF Conference J. Madison Davis' essay, Two Ways of Describing the Elephant: Science Fiction and the Mystery Paul Di Filippo's reviews, The Best Speculative Fiction of 2009 James Gunn's essay, Science Fiction around the World James... Continue Reading →

Aliette de Bodard’s Servant of the Underworld – Free Excerpts at My Favourite Books

Three chapters of Aliette de Bodard's upcoming novel, Servant of the Underworld, is up at My Favourite Books. Servant of the Underworld is currently available for pre-order from Amazon UK. Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 An excerpt: I knelt by his side and looked at him, trying to see evidence of guilt, or remorse... Continue Reading →

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