Greetings from behind a cup of coffee. Not just any coffee. Coconut vanilla flavored coffee with a splash of milk and a bit of foam on top. Indulgent, a bit sweet, and rather pretty in the clear glass cafe mug. It’s sitting on the slate coaster between my monitor and me as I write this. …

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I’ve been excited to talk about this anthology for a while. Here, we finally answer the question of “yikes, where are all the women Lovecraft authors?” Who is representing “the Other” here? And again, if you’ve never really asked that question (I mean, it took me a while to formulate it too), after She Walks in Shadows you’ll …

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I wasn’t paying much attention to Star Wars: The Force Awakens because, at the risk of my nerd card, I’m not such a Star Wars fan. I like episode 5 well enough, but not much else. But I saw The Force Awakens, twice and Rey (Daisy Ridley) has made my list of favorite female characters. …

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For several months I avoided doing a post on the work of Helen Oyeyemi, one of the most obvious choices for this column, because she intimidates me. Oyeyemi’s work is of such high quality, in terms of structure and language, and her re-imagined worlds are so complex, that I could not see how I could …

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This time of year I am almost always madly busy—holidays, holiday celebrations, end of year deadlines, travel. I found myself posting on a group site I’m a part of that “IRL, stuff is busy, won’t be around as much.” I got to thinking, though—is this real life? What does that even mean? Why am I …

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I always love Libba Bray’s writing and Lair of Dreams, the second installment in the Diviners series, doesn’t disappoint. The first book was one of the best speculative fiction novels I’ve read in a long time for younger and older readers alike. What Bray does so well is mix together genres and characters in unique …

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Book Name: Sorcerer’s Son Author: Phyllis Eisenstein First Published: 1979 Phyllis Eisenstein was born in 1946 in the city of Chicago, and has lived in Illinois for most of her life. During the time that she attended the University of Chicago, she attended one of the weekly meetings of the city’s science fiction fandom and …

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One potential problem with science fiction poetry is that often we readers come to it with the same set of expectations as we would SF stories (I touch on this briefly  in my post “Science Fiction Poetry: Some Starting Questions”). There are plenty examples out there of speculative poems that offer speculative ideas or future-world …

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Every time I sat down to read stories for this month’s column, I thought the theme was obvious. At the end of a long year filled with outrage and sadness, focusing on the lighthearted seemed like the way to go. But this winter has been strange. The days are warm and rainy, almost balmy, more …

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One morning last week I looked out of my bedroom window into the dark, slumbering Mill Hill street to find that Jack Frost and his elfin helpers had been tripping hither and yon during the night, flicking their fairy brushes to paint trees, pavements and car windows with a dainty crystal dusting. That’s enough of …

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