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Ursula Le Guin: Be Always Coming Home

Ursula Le Guin published Always Coming Home in 1980. It was, from an experimental writer and a leading voice in speculative fiction and feminism, an experiment. It was Le Guin, the “anthropologist’s daughter” (as she sometimes named herself) playing with … Continue reading

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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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SF in SF… In San Jose

SF in SF is a science fiction writers group that was the brainchild of Terry Bisson. It meets months and the proceeds from the bar at the event are donated to a charity. The Thursday, May 15, 2014, bar till … Continue reading

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Right as I Watched

“The Dark” is one of the stronger short stories I’ve read recently. In a collection with a number of strong ones (Karen Joy Fowler’s What I Didn’t See) “The Dark” is still a standout. I don’t know why this story … Continue reading

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Woken Furies; a Long Review

Woken Furies, Richard Morgan Ballentine Del Ray, 2007 Takeshi Kovacs spends most of Woken Furies, the third book in the Kovacs series, in a bad mood.  When I’m in a bad mood, I’m more snappish and sarcastic than usual.  Kovacs … Continue reading

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Arabesk: A Tour Guide You Can Trust

The Arabesk Series Pashazade Effendi Felaheen Jon Courtenay Grimwood Spectra Fiction When I first see Ashraf al-Masur, it is through Felix Abrinsky’s eyes. Felix is in a place with architectural features I’m not familiar with, in a city whose name … Continue reading

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Names Have Power. I’m Talking to You, Syfy Channel.

I know I’m way behind the curve on this one. The SciFi channel changed its name back in January, I think. Since my cable package no longer includes the channel, I wasn’t paying much attention. But come on! Syfy? Did … Continue reading

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Suspending Disbelief

I first heard the expression “a willing suspension of disbelief” at a science fiction convention. I was in my twenties. I didn’t get it. The words rolled around in my head but I couldn’t parse them. It took me awhile … Continue reading

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