Shweta Narayan has a couple of excellent posts on "the racist/Orientalist/fetishizing contextual stew that Secondary-world Fantasy inherited" - or Tough Guide to Fantasyland-style entries on Exotic Locales and Helpful Natives! The Evil Empire (EE) lies to the South and/or East of Fantasyland proper, generally on the Other Continent; its inhabitants areNatives. Tourists will see amazing amounts of Squalor right... Continue Reading →
The Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) have just announced the nominated works for their annual Nebula Awards. French author, and Apex Book of World SF contributor Aliette de Bodard is nominated for Best Novelette, with "The Jaguar House, in Shadow", from Asimov's, while the forthcoming Apex Book of World SF 2 Indian contributor Shweta... Continue Reading →
SF Signal have posted Indian writer Shweta Narayan's story, Eyes of Carven Emerald, from the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 3: Sunrise glinted bloody on giant tumbles of statue; it edged the palace beyond with blood. A limestone arm, severed elbow to thumb, came almost up to Alexandros' waist. Fingers thick as logs lay scattered behind it.... Continue Reading →
Over at SF Signal, Charles Tan has been interviewing the contributors to new Ellen Datlow anthology Beastly Bride - including Indian writer Shweta Narayan and Finnish writer Johanna Sinisalo. From the Sinisalo interview: CT: What is it about the Finnish epic Kalevala that interests you? JS: It is quite original compared to many other European... Continue Reading →
The second of our Original Content Mondays (with much more to come!), the second part of our first round table (the first part can be found here). Q: How, and to what extent, does your environment and background inform your writing? Rochita Loenen-Ruiz: Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipina writer and the mother of two boys.... Continue Reading →
Issue 10 of Shimmer Magazine is now available for download as a free PDF, and contains stories from (World SF anthology contributor) Nir Yaniv, Indian-born writer Shweta Narayan and Mexican writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia (plus many other fine writers).Check it out.
A good week for international sf, by the looks of things - not only the Jean-Claude Dunyach story over at Fantasy, but also Nira and I, by new writer Shweta Narayan, over at Strange Horizons.From her website:I'm a writer, academic, and cultural crazy-quilt; I was born in India and lived in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands,... Continue Reading →