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Author Spotlight: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Storytelling is a practice in my culture that is always a conversation between different generations and different beings—it is a conversation that takes place across time and space. I wanted to reflect that very organically in this piece.

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Author Spotlight: Darcie Little Badger

From the title onward, this is a story built in stark, vivid color. The white train, the black feathers, the red western sky. How important was the visual landscape of “Black, Their Regalia” to the inception of your story? “Black, Their Regalia” was inspired by the colors in my home. One morning, I opened my […]

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Author Spotlight: Shweta Narayan

What was the inspiration for this story? Wow, that’s kinda complicated, and I’m reconstructing from six years later, but here’s my memory of what happened: My good friend Michael Ellsworth is a historical linguist and an Ancient Greece nerd, and he had been telling me awesome things about both. One day he sent me a […]

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Author Spotlight: P. Djèlí Clark

When it comes to worldbuilding, especially in fantasy, it’s those little elements that add texture to the setting: the clothing, the food, the architecture, the color and scents. The world of the Ten Chiefdoms has diverse inspirations: from Central Africa to the Caribbean. So you see bits of history, music, folklore, politics, and even dialect, of these vast regions interwoven throughout.

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Author Spotlight: Megan Arkenberg

My original concept for this story—and I have no idea where it came from—was the part I now think of as Antoine’s subplot, the ghost hunter in search of his wife’s ghost.

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Tamsyn Muir: To Live Unworried

I spent some of my academic life around the Medieval Literature department, and in my opinion if there is anyone likely to live unworried by their magic house it is someone from Medieval Lit.

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Imaginative Play: Jeff VanderMeer and Gio Clairval

Jeff had this strange book of his, and he suggested that I pick a story I liked. He had already used several cool ones, but when I stumbled across the lizard one, I couldn’t resist (I’ve always loved lizards).

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How We Construct Our Society: An Owomoyela

Defining sex and gender is something people get downright vitriolic about—probably the natural result of having a culture in which gender roles are foundational to a lot of how we construct our society.

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Darby Harn: It’s In Our Blood

I don’t believe the fantastic and the realistic are oil and water—I don’t know they’re necessarily different things. The circumstances may be ‘unreal’ but I can’t think of a reason why the people would be.

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Author Spotlight: Priya Sharma

Bereavement seems to be a recurring theme in my stories. We all experience loss, in one way or another, and grief alters us.