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Fantasy Roundtable: People of Color in Fantasy Literature (part 2)

In Part 2 of our roundtable on Fantasy and People of Color the panel goes deeper into the problems of PoC in literature and how some authors subvert the very elements we find problematic into amazing fiction. We also discuss how the nature of fantasy might hinder authors from including characters of color and why […]

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Blog for a beer!

Welcome to Fantasy Friday! Every week, you are invited to write and post anything having to do with fantasy, science fiction, etc., right here in the comments: a commemoration of , a bit of a story you’re trying to write, your unbridled opinion of . At 5 p.m. PST today, if we’ve got at least […]

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Fantasy Roundtable: People of Color in Fantasy Literature (part 1)

Recently, I convened a roundtable of writers, readers and editors to talk about the state of People of Color–both as authors and as characters–in fantasy literature. The conversation was so excellent and covered so much ground that I wanted to print it in its entirety (plus, I couldn’t leave off the lengthy list of recommended […]

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Sharon Shinn, Rebecca York, Carol Berg, and Jean Johnson; Charlie Huston

ELEMENTAL MAGIC by Sharon Shinn, Rebecca York, Carol Berg, and Jean JohnsonBerkley (378 pages) $15 In recent years the romance subgenre of paranormal romance — romance stories with a fantastical or science-fictional element — has soared in popularity. The interest of these stories to sf/f readers varies. For me, an intriguing and convincing “paranormal” element […]

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Blog for a Beer!

Welcome to Fantasy Friday! Every week, you are invited to write and post anything having to do with fantasy, science fiction, etc., right here in the comments: a crazy idea for a new subgenre, a bit of a story you’re trying to write, your unbridled opinion of the last novel you read or the last […]

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American Supernatural Tales by S.T. Joshi, The Metatemporal Detective by Michael Moorcock

AMERICAN SUPERNATURAL TALES edited by S.T. Joshi Penguin Classics (512 pages) $16.00 Editor S.T. Joshi has compiled a fine introduction to American (let’s be daring and use the “h” word) horror literature. He provides a biographical introduction for each of the 26 well-selected stories and an informative overview of the subject with his opening essay. […]

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Blog for a beer!

Welcome to Fantasy Friday! Every week, you are invited to write and post anything having to do with fantasy, science fiction, etc., right here in the comments: a crazy idea for a new subgenre, a bit of a story you’re trying to write, your unbridled opinion of the last novel you read or the last […]

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Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe, The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

PIRATE FREEDOM by Gene Wolfe Tor, 320 pages, $24.95 While reading this enchanting novel from fantasy master Gene Wolfe, you may get the feeling the author had one heck of a fine time writing it. Nearly as much fun, perhaps, as you will have reading it. Pirate Freedom offers a realistic portrayal of Caribbean piracy […]

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The Best of 2007

Happy Holidays everyone! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and many folks will be home all day cooking or eating or watching some sports event on their televisions. But lurking behind Thanksgiving is another day — this one much darker and extremely unholy: Black Friday. The day that begins sometime around 3am when shoppers arrive at their favorite […]

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Getting To Know You by David Marusek, Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

GETTING TO KNOW YOU by David Marusek Subterranean Press, 297 pages, $40 Short fiction is a marvelous venue for practicing elements of craft and for trying out new things, and the pieces in this collection document my development as a writer,” David Marusek says in his introduction to his first collection. That’s very apparent in […]