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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 heartfelt appreciation of Madeleine L’Engle, a bit of a story you’re trying to write, a review of the ancient mythology in Battlestar Galactica or the ancient architecture […]

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Multicultual Fantasists Alaya Dawn Johnson and Carole McDonnell

For a long time, the fantasy genre was dominated by European folktales, culture, and settings with a few other “exotic” locations thrown in for spice. But a surge of non-European fantasies written by non-European writers is set to change the face of the genre by exploring new cultures, myths, and viewpoints without tragically misusing them. […]

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Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand, Portable Childhoods by Ellen Klages

GENERATION LOSS by Elizabeth Hand Small Beer Press, 296 pages, $24 Like Elizabeth Hand’s last novel, Mortal Love, Generation Loss explores the scary shadowland where artistic inspiration becomes indistinguishable from clinical madness. But unlike that novel, which featured a bona fide muse who assumed different incarnations over the centuries, this one largely avoids the supernatural, […]

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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 passionate rant about Pushing Daisies, a bit of a story you’re trying to write, a review of Matthew Jarpe’s groovy novel or Kim Newman’s groovy waistcoat. At […]

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Territory by Emma Bull, After the War by Tim Lebbon

AFTER THE WAR: TWO TALES OF NOREELA by Tim Lebbon Subterranean Press, 150 pages, $35 Tim Lebbon returns to his fantasy world of Noreela (the setting for his novels Dusk and Dawn as well as the soon-to-be-published Fallen and The Island) with the two novellas that make up After the War. Noreela is a world […]

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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 passionate rant about Heroes, a bit of a story you’re trying to write, a review of Jay Lake’s fine book or China Mieville’s fine ass. Or vice […]

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Mythpunk diva Catherynne M. Valente

Born on Cinco de Mayo in the Pacific Northwest in 1979, Catherynne M. Valente is the author of four books of poetry, Music of a Proto-Suicide, Apocrypha, The Descent of Inanna, and Oracles, and five novels, including The Labyrinth, The Grass-Cutting Sword, and her Tiptree award winning book The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden. […]

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Inferno, ed. Ellen Datlow, Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan

INFERNO: TWENTY ORIGINAL TALES OF TERROR edited by Ellen Datlow Tor, 384 pages, $25.95 (hardcover) Seeking a definition of “modern horror” or “literary horror”? Look no further. Inferno, edited by Ellen Datlow, defines short dark fiction circa 2008 as surely as Kirby McCauley’s Dark Forces did in 1980. Despite her eminence as an editor, Ellen […]

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D*U*C*K by Poppy Z. Brite, Map of Dreams by M. Rickert

D*U*C*K by Poppy Z. Brite Subterranean Press, 137 pages, $35 There is only one fantasy element in D*U*C*K, but it is a big one: Hurricane Katrina never happened. Marking her first piece of original fiction since New Orleans suffered at the hands of nature and government, Poppy Z. Brite creates a novella around her well-loved […]

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Bantam editor Juliet Ulman

Juliet Ulman is a senior editor with Bantam Dell, where she has worked on such books as Living Next Door to the God of Love by Justina Robson, The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl by Tim Pratt, In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente, and The Patron Saint of Plagues by Barth Anderson. Additionally, she […]