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The Jeremiads: On The Popularity of Steampunk

Does the New York Times article on Steampunk mean the genre/fashion craze has made the high water mark and will begin to recede from here? What is the shelf-life of an aesthetic movement, and for that matter, what is the sociological force behind this particular movement? It’s a Stylistic Rebellion Particularly as an aesthetic movement, […]

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In A Teapot: A Mist of Vague Cliches

Of the things that annoy me about fantasy fiction, my biggest pet peeve is with stories and novels that lack specificity–specificity of place, time, culture, even ethnicity. The reader is given a default medieval Europe-type setting, filled it with random, unspecified peasant or royal types, no discernible culture beyond “they believe in magic” or “X […]

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Guest Column: How To Kill Off A Sense Of Wonder

What gets me seriously annoyed with books these days — especially the modern trend of urban paranormal — is the way they (they being so many other authors, perfectly good authors who can write) handle the fantastic element. What I mean is, they dump in that perfectly wonderful magical creature, being, or phenomenon smack in […]

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A Sneak Peek: Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears / Black Swan, White Raven!

We just submitted to the printers these two books, by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, from their classic modern re-told faery-tale series. Feast your eyes on these! &

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In A Teapot: Wiki While You Work

I’ve had wiki stuff on the brain for the last couple of weeks. It started off when someone on the Carl Brandon Society mailing list pointed out that there isn’t a lot of information about people of color in SF and their works on Wikipedia. Major works by major authors either had stub articles or […]

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WEIRD TALES names The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years

Crossposted from www.weirdtalesmagazine.com. To read the daily updates on LJ for the next 85 days, friend weirdtales_mag. * * * Readers wrote us in record numbers last autumn when WeirdTalesMagazine.com asked you who, in your book, are the weirdest of the weird: the most influentially strange authors and artists and talespinners of all kinds to […]

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An Appreciation of Sir Arthur C Clarke

Sir Arthur C Clarke 1917 – 2008 My brother and I grew up in the 70s on an unrestricted diet of science fiction that my father–3 years younger than Sir Arthur and a lifelong SF reader–actively encouraged by feeding us names as we devoured the library shelves and local secondhand book stores. We could rattle […]

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“Down on the Farm” from Bandersnatch

We’re proud to present “Down on the Farm” by Karen Heuler, from the pages of Bandersnatch, where, as Booklist puts it, “the editors had Carroll’s irreverent surrealism in mind when they asked contributors for their most avant-garde stories . . . the authors’ whimsical revelries with language and imagery provide mind-befuddling satisfaction.” I hope you […]

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“The Story of Love” from Salt of the Air

We’re proud to present “The Story of Love” by Vera Nazarian, from the pages of Salt of the Air, a story which has been recently nominated in the Nebula short fiction category! THE STORY OF LOVE Vera Nazarian It is such an easy thing; all stories are the same. They are histories of the act […]

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“The Sidewinders” from Bandersnatch

We’re proud to present “The Sidewinders” by Seth Ellis, from the pages of Bandersnatch, where, as Booklist puts it, “the editors had Carroll’s irreverent surrealism in mind when they asked contributors for their most avant-garde stories . . . the authors’ whimsical revelries with language and imagery provide mind-befuddling satisfaction.” I hope you agree! THE […]