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You Would Hear Me Laughing: Ruth Nestvold

Ruth Nestvold is an American writer living in Stuttgart, Germany. Her work has appeared in numerous markets, including Asimov’s, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, Baen’s Universe, Strange Horizons, and several year’s best anthologies. She has been nominated for the Nebula, the Sturgeon, and the Tiptree awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella “Looking Through […]

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Book Review: Blood of Ambrose

Ambrosia is impatient and very sure of the right way to do things. With a temper and tendency to lash out, she is considered to be the most formidable opponent to the Protector and The Protector’s Shadow. To the king, she is “Grandmother,” “Regent,” and precariously close to becoming the “Protector” herself.

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Book Review: Flinx Transcendent

Fighting against space and time, and a fanatic cult who welcome the “Great Cleansing” with suicidal fervor, Flinx must decipher the clues he’s been given throughout his life regarding his destiny. On board his unique ship Teacher, Flinx searches for a weapon that might be the only chance he has to fight the unnamed evil.

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Book Review: Genesis

Genesis, by Paul Chafe, is a multigenerational saga originating with one man’s obsession to build a colony ship in order to one day save the human race. This is the story of Joshua Crewe, a man driven to see his life’s ambition come to fruition. Crewe believes the time of humans on Earth is coming […]

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Princess of Prose: Alethea Kontis

I was raised in a family of storytellers. And when I say that, I mean that we put most voice actors and stand-up comedians to shame. You only have as much time as everyone plans on sitting around the dinner table, and you only have the floor for as long as your voice carries over everyone else’s…so whatever you choose to impart to the group, it better be GOOD.

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Book Review: The Patriot Witch by C.C. Finlay

And perhaps it is more my limitation as a reader than the limitations of the genre that leads me to wonder, if magic really did exist, and presumably always has existed all the way back to … when? the cavemen? did Neanderthals die out because they couldn’t do magic and Cro-Magnon could? … then history would not have played out just the same. Not really.

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Cautiously Expecting: On Creating Life and Fiction at Clarion

It’s a different sort of choice, though, from the one we’ve made before. Many of us would elect to remain forever in the blissful second trimester of our writing careers, proudly and publicly “expecting,” humming lullabies to an imaginary cherub without ever experiencing pain or disappointment

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Terribly Fond of Syncretism: Jessica Lee

Ofelia may well be a psionic superhero leading a dual life, or a frightened young woman coping with her circumstances in a somewhat unorthodox manner, or both. I held the two scenarios in equal regard as I wrote this piece. I may also have been subconsciously influenced by my Doc Holliday historigeekery—namely Doc’s desperation to go out in a blaze of gunfire rather than be laid low by a wasting sickness.

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Book Review: Lament

Amazingly enough, I am not yet tired of faeries (or vampires, for that matter). I’ve always enjoyed comfort foods—once I find something I like, I like it forevermore—and books are rarely an exception. What’s not to like about a sympathetic protagonist being thrown into an ethereal, alien world?

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Book Review – Modern Magic by Anne Cordwainer

Liz, who enjoys none of the benefits magical power confers, nevertheless must comply with the sorcerers’ strict code of secrecy, estranging her from the mundane world. That secrecy makes relationships far more complicated for her. Moreover, she has a king-sized chip on her shoulder about magic and her talented brother.