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Bizarro Fiction 101: Not Just Weird for Weird’s Sake

Bizarro Fiction is a fairly new genre, most often referred to as literature’s equivalent of the Cult section in your video store. One of the founders and core producers of Bizarro fiction is Eraserhead Press, lead by publisher Rose O’Keefe. So I asked Rose a few questions to help clarify just what Bizarro Fiction is (and isn’t). WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.

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The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia A. McKillip

The Bell at Sealey Head is prime Patricia A. McKillip: a lyrical, unpredictable fantasy novel of quiet elegance and complex characterization, every bit as marvelous and evocative as its lovely Kinuko Y. Craft cover. As you might expect from a World Fantasy Award and Mythopoeic Award-winning author who is one of America’s finest, The Bell at Sealey Head is one of the best books published last year. And, if you’re a true bibliophile, it’s unlikely you’ll find another novel that better demonstrates how and why you love books.

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The Year’s Best SF and Fantasy, 2010 Recommended Reading, Part 2

For the month of April, FM will be presenting in four segments, all the recommended reading selections listed in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2010 Edition, edited by Rich Horton, which is forthcoming in June 2010 from Prime Books.

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Stories Are How We Define Ourselves : Elena Gleason

Tales of my story inspirations are almost uniformly quite mundane and un-profound, so prepare yourself to be underwhelmed: One day, out of the blue, I thought, “What if whispers were some sort of creature?” And I made a note.

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What YA Fantasy Means for Movies

A few years ago, there was a cinema boom in children’s fantasy with an eye toward entertaining (or at least accommodating) adults. Harry Potter led the charge, with animation studio Pixar on his heels, and as Harry’s adventures got darker and Pixar’s movies went from Finding Nemo to Wall-E, the quality and profitability of YA fantasy films went up. Soon, hopeful franchises were blooming left and right, some successful (The Chronicles of Narnia), some not (The Golden Compass). Now the market for YA fantasy films is growing almost as fast as the stable of YA books from which they’re adapting. How did this happen, and where is it going?

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The Year’s Best SF and Fantasy, 2010 Recommended Reading, Part 1

For the month of April, FM will be presenting in four segments, all the recommended reading selections listed in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2010 Edition, edited by Rich Horton, which is forthcoming in June 2010 from Prime Books.

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Author Spotlight: Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

“Hi Bugan ya Hi Kinggawan” isn’t just the story of Bugan and Elsa (Kinggawan) but it’s also the story of the place and a way of life. If I had set the story in a place like Manila or Cebu, it would not have been Bugan and Kinggawan’s story. It would have been someone else’s tale.

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Double Review: Foiled by Jane Yolen & Mike Cavallaro / Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor

Two graphic books from the First Second (:01): Foiled, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mike Cavallaro parries with plenty of well-known themes, including role-playing games, but for younger readers they are fresh and the execution is clever enough to capture the more jaded as well: a real winner. Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor supplements classics such as D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths well.

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My Real and Personal Zombie Fears

Zombies will always be popular to some degree, because they are the generic monster that can be made to suit whatever society is currently angsty about. Whether it is fears of radiation or the erosion of the American Dream (Night of the Living Dead), or bioengineered plagues (28 Days Later, Quarantine, loneliness (I Am Legend) or becoming a cubicle zombie (the Borg), zombies can be made to fit your fear. So I took a brutally honest self-inventory of my own fears, and then considered how they might be made into a zombie movie.

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Bad Romance: Ten of Fantasy’s Weirdest Relationships

One of the best tropes in fantasy is the clash of characters under tough conditions. Sometimes, these characters are enemies. Sometimes they become fast friends. Sometimes things get romantic. And sometimes, things get a little weird. Weird doesn’t always mean disaster, but in some cases it gives you pause (and if it doesn’t, it probably […]