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Matrilines: Miyabe Miyuki: The Ethics of Alternate Realities, by Kari Sperring (9/5/16)
I should not need to write about Miyabe Miyuki.
Matrilines: Fire from Heaven: Judith Tarr, by Kari Sperring (6/27/16)
Judith Tarr is one of the most accomplished, complex, innovative, and consistently brilliant writers I can think of.
Matrilines: Louise Lawrence: A Woman Out of Time, by Kari Sperring (4/11/16)
I’m not sure exactly how old I was when I first encountered the works of Louise Lawrence—no more than thirteen or fourteen—but I do remember the effect her writing had on me.
Matrilines: Elizabeth Goudge: Glimpsing the Liminal, by Kari Sperring (2/22/16)
Most readers have favourite writers. But sometimes you find that, over time, these change.
Reviews for the week of 2/22/16
Monday: The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien by Stuart Lee and Elizabeth Solopova, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Wednesday: The Weave by Nancy Jane Moore, reviewed by Ethan Robinson
Friday: The Only Ones by Carola Dibell, reviewed by Karen Munro

Matrilines: Veronica Williams: The Compulsion of Landscape, by Kari Sperring (1/4/16)
I may be wrong—I hope I am wrong—but I strongly suspect that most of those who read this column will not have heard of Veronica Williams.
Matrilines: Evangeline Walton: The Woman Who Defined a Genre, by Kari Sperring (10/5/15)
Unlike the first three writers I’ve discussed in this column so far, Walton has not yet fallen completely off the radar within SF—she is still mentioned in at least some critical works,
Reviews for the week of 8/31/15
Monday: Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Wednesday: Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds, reviewed by Tom Atherton
Friday: The Scarlet Gospel by Clive Barker, reviewed by Niall Alexander

Matrilines: Dion Fortune: Writing through the Veil, by Kari Sperring (7/27/15)
[. . .] every writer is rooted in their culture or context, and that inevitably flavours and shapes their work in some way or another, on a more or less conscious level, and different writers are more or less open and aware of this. Dion Fortune was, perhaps, more aware of this than most.
Reviews for the week of 7/20/15
Monday: Ex Machina, reviewed by Rachael Acks
Wednesday: Sisters of the Revolution, ed. by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Friday: Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre, reviewed by Maureen Kincaid Speller

Matrilines: Sylvia Townsend Warner: The Quiet Revolutionary, by Kari Sperring (6/8/15)
Sitting down to write this second column, I found myself wondering how many readers will have heard of its subject.
Representing Marginalized Voices in Historical Fiction and Fantasy, by Joyce Chng, David Anthony Durham, Kari Sperring, and Vanessa Rose Phin (4/27/15)
Writing always feels like a balancing act, negotiated between the assumed centerwhose voices and privileges and needs have been so drummed into me that they operate almost at an unconscious leveland the margins, the silent majority whose stories are deemed not to matter. 
Matrilines: The Woman Who Made Fantasy: Katherine Kurtz, by Kari Sperring (3/30/15)
We are writing our history, shaping our genre to our cultural norms of value and hierarchy and status. And we are leaving out the women.
The State of British SF and Fantasy: A Symposium, by Juliet E. McKenna, Kari Sperring, Nina Allan, Dan Hartland, Martin Lewis, and Maureen Kincaid Speller (7/28/14)
The Worldcon returns to the UK this year. It seems an apt moment, therefore, to ask: what has changed in the years since 2005, and what is happening in British SF today?
Reviews for the week of 11/12/12
Monday: Sorry Please Thank You: Stories by Charles Yu, reviewed by Matt Denault
Wednesday: Birds and Birthdays by Christopher Barzak, reviewed by Karen Burnham
Friday: The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring, reviewed by Sarah Frost

Reviews for the week of 12/12/11
Monday: Two by Kate Elliott: Traitors' Gate and Cold Fire, reviewed by Kari Sperring and Liz Bourke
Wednesday: Mylo Xyloto, by Coldplay, reviewed by Adam Roberts
Friday: The Janus Tree and Other Stories by Glen Hirshberg, reviewed by Tori Truslow

Reviews for the week of 1/4/10
Monday: 2009 Year In Review, by Our Reviewers
Wednesday: Avatar, reviewed by Roz Kaveney
Friday: The Cardinal's Blades and L'Alchimiste des Ombres by Pierre Pevel, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Reviews for the week of 11/2/09
Monday: Ark by Stephen Baxter, reviewed by Jonathan McCalmont and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Wednesday: The Drowning City by Amanda Downum, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Friday: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, reviewed by Hallie O'Donovan
Reviews for the week of 9/21/09
Monday: Two Views: Dollhouse, season one, reviewed by Bernadette Lynn Bosky and Gianduja Kiss
Wednesday: The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw, reviewed by Keri Sperring
Friday: The Fire in the Stone by Nicholas Ruddick, reviewed by Dan Hartland
Reviews for the week of 5/4/09
Monday: UFO in Her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo, reviewed by Richard Larson and Karen Burnham
Wednesday: Living with Ghosts by Kari Sperring, reviewed by Hannah Strom-Martin
Friday: The Accord by Keith Brooke, reviewed by Duncan Lawie
Stargazing Through the Ages: The Telescope Turns 400, by Marshall Perrin (4/13/09)
Some four hundred years ago, the news spread through Europe like wildfire: a strange device had been invented which made distant objects appear miraculously close. Sailors, scholars, soldiers and noblemen all eagerly sought out this high-tech wonder. The gossip reached a middle-aged math professor at the University of Padua, who immediately began trying to reverse-engineer the gadget.
Reviews for the week of 3/30/09
Monday: The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by Istvan Csicser-Ronay Jr., reviewed by Adam Roberts
Wednesday: The Good Homor Man by Andrew Fox, reviewed by Jonathan McCalmont
Friday: In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Reviews for the week of 2/23/09
Monday: Gears of War: Aspho Fields by Karen Traviss, reviewed by Nader Elhefnawy
Wednesday: Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow, reviewed by Jonathan McCalmont
Friday: Dragon in Chains by Daniel Fox, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Reviews for the week of 1/19/09
Monday: Watermind by M.M. Buckner, reviewed by L. Timmel Duchamp
Wednesday: Going Under by Justina Robson, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Friday: The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia A. McKillip, reviewed by Hannah Strom-Martin
Reviews for the week of 12/22/08
Monday: Other Worlds, Better Lives: A Howard Waldrop Reader—Selected Long Fiction 1989-2003, reviewed by Graham Sleight
Wednesday: Voices From Fairyland: The Fantastical Poems of Mary Coleridge, Charlotte Mew, and Sylvia Townsend Warner, edited and wth poems by Theodora Goss, reviewed by Karen J. Weyant
Friday: Queen of K'n-Yan by Asamatsu Ken, translated by Kathleen Taiji, reviewed by Kari Sperring
Xenobiology At the Extremes: And You Think Your Neighbors Are Weird?, by Marshall Perrin (8/25/08)
Over the past decade or so, spurred in part by the biological revolution and in part by our increasing confidence that earth-mass planets are potentially common, astrobiology has started to come of age.
Believing in the Unbelievable: A brief history of black holes, by Marshall Perrin (6/23/08)
Black holes are the Tyrannosaurus Rex of astronomy: mysterious and dangerous, the end result of millions of years of evolution, perfect predators which hold our fascinated attention all out of proportion to their actual rarity.
The Cyborgs Are Coming!, by Marshall Perrin (3/31/08)
OK, I'll admit that cyborgs are perhaps not exactly traditional harbingers of spring, but for that matter, when was the last time you saw an actual rabbit delivering eggs?
Still Seeking Signals: SETI Today, by Marshall Perrin (2/18/08)
So how about finding some new civilizations? Are there any out there? Have our decades of listening made any progress - or are we perhaps truly alone after all?
Lucy in the Sky With Nanodiamonds, by Marshall Perrin (1/7/08)
Tiny nanodiamonds inside meteorites appear to be true "star bits," born in the edges of dying stars long, long before our solar system ever formed.
Conspiracies, Discoveries, and (Lack of) Coverups: A Cold War Science Tale, by Marshall Perrin (10/22/07)
Oh boy, I thought to myself, a Roswell true believer. Here we go again.
Settings for Space Opera, Part III: Strange Neighbors, by Marshall Perrin (9/3/07)
Every neighborhood has a few oddballs, right?
Settings for Space Opera, Part II: A Perplexing Plethora of Planets, by Marshall Perrin (7/30/07)
The discovery of planets around other stars is now a routine occurrence.
Settings for Space Opera, Part I: Welcome to the Neighborhood, by Marshall Perrin (4/2/07)
Whether you're looking to start an interstellar colony, found a galactic empire, or merely find a great location for your next tale of adventure in outer space, it pays to know what the neighborhood is like.
Cloudy With a Chance of Star Formation, by Marshall Perrin (2/19/07)
The densest parts of the interstellar medium remain far emptier than the best vacuums yet created in Earthly laboratories, and the gigantic scales over which the interstellar medium extends boggle the mind.
Lurking in the Dark, by Marshall Perrin (1/8/07)
If we must anthropomorphize our neighborhood icy bodies (and I'm not recommending that we do), far better to celebrate lucky Pluto, a family man (with three bouncing baby moons, two newly discovered in the last year), and a home in a very popular part of town.
Building a Better Beanstalk, by Marshall Perrin (11/13/06)
Imagine being able to fly a hundred times more space missions for the same budget we have today, or being able to easily build orbiting structures that dwarf the International Space Station.
The Crimson Desert, by Marshall Perrin (10/2/06)
The first footprints on Mars will come no earlier than 2025, or more likely 2035. By that time, though, will there be many Martian mysteries left?