Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Hugos, 2016: Persona by Genevieve Valentine

Here is a must-read 2015 novel by the author of Mechanique; Tales of the Circus Tresaulti, and The Girls of the Kingfisher Club. In Persona, Valentine attempts a full-throttle near-future science fiction novel, and nails it. In Persona, global politics … Continue reading

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Reading Suggestions; Hugo-Eligible in 2016

So far, the best fantasy novel of 2015 is Scott Hawkins’s The Library at Mount Char. Against the backdrop of a town that looks like Anywhere, USA — at least ’til you get up close — Hawkins unleashes an original … Continue reading

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The Hugos, 2016: Chapter One

I can hear you already. “Oh, noooo! She’s at it again! Not more Hugo stuff, please!” Well, yes, more Hugo stuff, but this is completely different. This is Hugo 2016. Okay, well, not completely different. It’s a little bit different. … Continue reading

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The Conference, Day One

UPDATE: I found this sitting in Drafts — I thought I’d published it. Anyway, better late than never, I guess. August 6, 2015 Karen Lewis is the new executive director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, but Maureen Epstein, “Director … Continue reading

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Greenwood/Elk Village

Elk is a hamlet on Highway One, between Point Arena and Mendocino. For several years when I’d driven through the hamlet on a weekday, the visitors center had been closed. This trip, it was open, because the State Parks Department … Continue reading

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