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This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/30/12)
... many exciting things! First up, it's a reprint week: we have Elizabeth A. Lynn's "The Gods of Reorth", selected and introduced by Debbie Notkin. Genevieve Valentine's latest Intertitles looks at "Feminist Identity as Supernatural in Orlando and I am...
Meet the Editor, by Niall Harrison (04/27/12)
To mark the publication of her anthology Beyond Binary, Brit Mandelo has got a couple of interviews out: one at Autostraddle, and a long three-part conversation with Nicola Griffith: one, two, three. From the Autostraddle interview: What draws you to...
Start Anywhere, And Read, by Niall Harrison (04/26/12)
Graham Sleight's final Yesterday's Tomorrows column looks at John M. Ford: John M. Ford (1957-2006) had a career that appears, at least from the outside, to have jumped from one genre to another. He was a very difficult author for...
CSZ and LARB, by Niall Harrison (04/26/12)
Elsewhere: the latest issue of the Cascadia Subduction Zone focuses on poetry, while the fourth issue, a special on women and science, is available as a free PDF download. Meanwhile the LA Review of Books has formally launched, with an...
Hugo Short Stories, by Niall Harrison (04/25/12)
And so the blogging of Hugo shortlists begins. On the short stories, from most to least enthusiastic: Charles Tan, Justin at Staffer's Musings, Nicholas Whyte, Ian Sales (the latter of whom is also deeply unhappy to see Leviathan Wakes on...
Point, Counterpoint, by Niall Harrison (04/25/12)
Abigail Nussbaum on The Cabin in the Woods: There is, quite obviously, a very large component here of blaming The Cabin in the Woods for not being the film I wanted it to be. Goddard and Whedon set out to...
The Problem With Exotic, by Niall Harrison (04/25/12)
An excellent post by Tori Truslow, on wrestling with the judges' comments when giving her short story an honourable mention in the James White Award: Tori Truslow’s ‘Train in Vain’ is a compelling tale of exotic intrigue and intricate automata,...
A History of Feminist SF in Britain, by Niall Harrison (04/24/12)
aka one of the panels at this year's Eastercon that I found particularly rewarding, as a counterpoint to the occasionally US-centric history of feminist sf; Stevie Carroll provides some panel notes on the useful timeline that the panel started to...
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History Is More Complex Than A Fantasy Novel, by Niall Harrison (04/24/12)
Daniel Abraham on misguided argument from "authenticity" in defence of certain types of fantasy: The idea that the race, gender, or sexual roles of a given work of secondary world, quasi-medieval fantasy were dictated by history doesn’t work on any...
SFRA Award Winners, by Niall Harrison (04/24/12)
And in the week's other awards news, the Science Fiction Research Association has announced its winners: Pilgrim Award for lifetime contribution to SF/F studies: Pamela Sargent Pioneer Award for outstanding essay-length work of the year: David M. Higgins, "Toward a...
Shirley Jackson Award Nominees, by Niall Harrison (04/23/12)
Full ballot here. In best novel: The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock (Doubleday) The Dracula Papers, Reggie Oliver (Chômu Press) The Great Lover, Michael Cisco (Chômu Press) Knock Knock, S. P. Miskowski (Omnium Gatherum Media) The Last Werewolf,...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/23/12)
New week, new issue: This month's feature article is Ann Wilkes on "Airships: Not Just Flying Billboards" Our poem this week is "Foam" by Selena Martens And in reviews, Paul Kincaid kicks off the week with a look at In...
Strange Horizons, w/c 16th April, by Rachel Monte (04/23/12)
Last week, we had: Andrea Kneeland's short story, "Beneath Impossible Circumstances""From the House of Dionysos", a poem by Virginia M. MohlereAnd a two-part review (part 1 and part 2) of the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke shortlist, by Adam Roberts, and...
Fantasy Clarke follow-up, by Niall Harrison (04/18/12)
In lieu of any proper Eastercon writeup (although see Liz Batty's impressive collection of con reports, I wanted to at least mention the outcome of one of the panels I was on and mentioned here beforehand, the fantasy Clarke Award...
Priest and Clarke, round n, by Niall Harrison (04/18/12)
It occurs to me that I never linked to Catherynne Valente's second post reflecting on Christopher Priest's intervention into this year's Clarke Award process, and should have done: Everyone has had their say, including me. I am pro people voicing...
Heidegger and Mieville, round two, by Niall Harrison (04/18/12)
Dan Hartland considers Adam Roberts' critique of Embassytown: I’m not really arguing with Professor Roberts – in fact, I agree with practically every word of his review (though maybe not with “tweedledumtweedledee-ish”), and Miéville’s self-imposed difficulty is that he has...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/18/12)
In this week's issue: we have Andrea Kneeland's story "Beneath Impossible Circumstances", Virginia M. Mohlere's poem "From the House of Dionysos, Adam Roberts' two part review of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist, and on Friday, William Mingin tackles...
Deadline for Fiction Editor Applications, by Niall Harrison (04/13/12)
Just a quick note this morning, to say that we're still looking for new fiction editors, but will be closing to applications next Friday 20th April. So if you've been meaning to get around to sending us your details, now's...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/10/12)
Slightly delayed by Eastercon (me, not the issue), but this week we have: Part two of "Area 54" by Hunter Liguore (read part one here) Mike Allen's poem "Kandinsky's Galaxy" Erin Horakova's review of Low Town (aka The Straight Razor...
Eastercon tea party reminder, by Niall Harrison (04/07/12)
Just as it says on the tin: if you're at Eastercon, the SH tea party is this morning from 11.00-12.30 in Wentworth/room 40. We'd love to see you there!...
BSFA Awards, by Niall Harrison (04/06/12)
Paul Kincaid is unimpressed by this year's BSFA short fiction nominees. Of Paul Cornell's offering, for instance: And what we are being told is nonsense, but it is nonsense engagingly wrapped up with the weird technology of a weird world....
Dereliction of Duty, Ctd., by Niall Harrison (04/06/12)
Some loose ends from the Christopher Priest/Clarke Award discussion: John Scalzi posted a couple of followups to his initial post, the latter linking to a comment by Priest (who also put in an appearance at Martin McGrath's post and edited...
Being Brown in Space, by Niall Harrison (04/04/12)
Continuing in a Star Trek vein, at Racialicious, Kendra James has an appreciation of clearly the best Trek captain, Benjamin Sisko, and the actor portraying him, Avery Brooks: With a highly educated and vocal African American actor in the lead...
Nostalgia for the Federation, by Niall Harrison (04/04/12)
Nader Elhefnawy pushes back against Star Trek bashing and the vogue for gritty: Of course the last four decades – this age of unreason, of identity politics and ideologically convenient pseudo-science and neoliberal economics - have been a grave disappointment...
Standing on the Shoulders of Dwarfs, by Niall Harrison (04/03/12)
Saladin Ahmed at Salon on race and Game of Thrones: But now, as our beloved genre finds its way into “normal” people’s hearts and minds, fantasy fans are increasingly confronted with an inversion of this notion – a question that...
On Kiernan, by Niall Harrison (04/03/12)
Gary K Wolfe reviews Caitlin R Kiernan's The Drowning Girl: There are least a few passages in her new novel The Drowning Girl: A Memoir in which Caitlín R. Kiernan seems determined to reinvent the terms of Gothic fiction from...
Ghosts, Dreams, Nothingness, by Niall Harrison (04/02/12)
Gwyneth Jones' guest of honour talk from Beneluxcon, March 2012: I was asked for a short piece of writing, to feature in your first Progress Report. By chance, the short pieces that came to hand seemed to define an area...
Strange Horizons at Eastercon!, by Niall Harrison (04/02/12)
Also this week: Eastercon, the British National Science Fiction Convention, and we -- which is to say I, and some contributors -- will be there! Strange Horizons is hosting a tea party on Saturday morning at 11am in Wentworth/room 40....
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (04/02/12)
In this week's issue: Hunter Liguore's story, "Area 54" Alexandra Seidel's poem, "Cerberus, Seeking Lethe Matthew Cheney's latest Lexias column, "The Fact of a Fiction of a Fact Reviews kicks off with Michael Levy's take on The Clockwork Rocket by...
The 2011 SF Count, by Niall Harrison (04/02/12)
Introduction It's back, by popular demand. Last year, following VIDA's analysis of the gender balance at mainstream book review venues, we put together a similar count for (some) sf venues. VIDA repeated their count last month, so here we are...
Strange Horizons, w/c 26th March, by Niall Harrison (04/01/12)
In this week's issue, we had: Jeremy C. L. Jones' article, "A Boy and His Ghosts" John Clute's latest Scores, looking at Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway Gwynne Garfinkle's poem "bell, book, candle" Reviews of William Gibson's Distrust That Particular Flavor,...