Category Archives: Books

The Anthologist’s Art: interview with Athena Andreadis (To Shape the Dark)

Athena Andreadis has long been one of my science-fictional inspirations. Her life work in the field includes critical essays on a variety of subjects on her blog at Starship Reckless, her work as a writer of mythic space opera, and a collaborator … Continue reading

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Love in the Time of Starships: Humor, Horror, and the Mystery of It All (Polenth Blake’s ‘Sunstruck’, Leckie’s ‘Ancillary Sword’)

This week’s review was delayed because I had far too much to say. I’ve fallen decisively in love with both of the novels I am reviewing, so the technical challenge was to steer between two extremes:  “inarticulate flail and squee … Continue reading

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Love in the Time of Starships: Quiet Ones to Watch Out For, or the New Hard SF (Polenth Blake, Yoon Ha Lee)

Polenth Blake. Rainbow Lights Yoon Ha Lee. Conservation of Shadows Additional stories: Polenth Blake’s bibliography, on-line fiction by Yoon Ha Lee. The usual disclaimer: books above come from my personal collection, funded by the readaholic who is writing the review. … Continue reading

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Love in the Time of Starships: Foxhole Romance, Raygun Shenanigans, and the N-Ring Circus (Veronica Scott, Kris Rusch, Lois McMaster Bujold)

Veronica Scott. Wreck of the Nebula Dream Kris Rusch (writing as Kris DeLake). Assassins in Love Lois McMaster Bujold. A Civil Campaign For better for worse, or: nothing is more romantic than a shipwreck A long time ago in a … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: 25K at the end of day five

I missed the first few days of blogging, but I’ll be writing daily from here on. Tonight I did a write-in by g-chat, from the comfort of my own kitchen nook, with the first snow of the season spitting out … Continue reading

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Apprenticing with the Dead: When history passes into ‘once upon a time’

A few weeks ago, I went to see the new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby with friends. Reviews had already forewarned me about the extensive use of anachronism, from the music to the costuming to the manners. Fitzgerald’s novel … Continue reading

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Apprenticing with the Dead – Reading Tolkien 35 Years Late (The Beautiful Endgame and the Bones of Plot)

A week or two ago, I finished reading Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. As a pro writer, there was a whole extra layer of enjoyment in the endgame, with its gorgeous structure and its alternating notes of triumph and … Continue reading

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