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Blog For A Beer: IBARW

This week is International Blog Against Racism Week, an annual event where bloggers talk about their experience with racism, eliminating racism, and promote education and activism. It seemed appropriate to devote this week’s Blog For A Beer to IBARW and the discussion of racism within SF/F publishing. To that end, we posted a very thoughtful essay by J. T. Glover, which you can read in full here. He ends the piece by asking:

“…for those who would prefer a different SF: what do you want, and how are you going to get it? My frustration with Mr. Banker’s post was exceeded only by my curiosity. What sustainable alternative exists, now or in future, and how will it come about? Can it be created without alienating most of SF, and if not, does that matter? Even as the writer in me is most concerned with writing well and getting published, the reader in me wants both literary challenges and comfort food. The librarian in me believes that we must make room for everyone, whoever they are and whatever they believe, else we abandon the promise of speculative fiction.”

Let’s discuss these questions and the other issues raised by the essay. As always, the participant who engages, interests, or entertains us the most gets the prize.


Literature News: Goes Live, New Short Fiction Podcast, Save Yourself from “Breaking Dawn”


Blog For A Beer: Book Trailers

This week we want to talk about book trailers. Over the past few years book trailers have gone from being novel (haha) to a staple for small presses and authors doing home-grown marketing. What we want to know is: do book trailers work on readers? Have you ever seen any that inspired you to buy the book? Any so interesting and engaging that you went straight to Amazon? Have you even ever watched one? Show us your favorites. And don’t be afraid to ask: what the heck is a book trailer, anyway?


Lit News: Steampunk Confessions; Blogging Hookers Save The World

Science Fiction Poetry Association Announces 3rd Annual Contest; This Year, It’s All About Energy Gene Wolfe, Larry Niven, Ekaterina Sedia, Holly Black and More Answer: What About Worldbuilding? Reality Break Podcast Interview of Kelley Eskridge; You’ll Want Her Collection “Dangerous Space” In Comics This Week, Don’t Be Surprised to Find Blogging Hookers Saving the World […]


Weird Tales Contest: Send Spam, Win Prizes

You’ve seen the latest wave of spam — you know, the faux outrageous news headlines: “Osama trains goats for tactical bombing.” “Laika the Russian space dog returns to Earth.” “Children admit to being little shits: Video.” Isn’t it a shame the headline is all we get? So over at Weird Tales we’re inviting YOU to […]


Ekaterina Sedia, author of The Alchemy of Stone

Last week we gave you a peek at Ekaterina Sedia’s new book, The Alchemy of Stone. This week Fantasy columnist and costume geek Genevieve Valentine gives us a glimpse at the gears and cogs of the world and characters Sedia created for this amazing new book:

Valentine: [The Alchemy of Stone is] a very complicated story! It tackles feminism, free will, class struggle, and religion. What do you expect will be the most polarizing aspects of this book?

Sedia: I hope that everyone will love the book and buy many copies. I suspect however that books that are explicitly identified as concerned with, say, gender politics will be perceived as agenda books — in a way that books with a strapping hero who restores the heir to the throne and marries a princess would not be, even though both are equally political. I do hope for the discussion about gender roles and class assumptions in fantasy; I do hope for critical interest. Polarization — not so much, even though we both know that some folks will hear about the book and only think ‘girl cooties.’

Read the rest at Fantasy


News & Opinion: Making Sci-Fi Girly; Objectification of Women in Graphic Novels

Digital Femme Presents Black Women, Comics, and You The Objectification of Women in Graphic Novels @ BrokenMystic Biology in SF on Stories That Inspire and Hinder Real Science Megan McArdle on Making Sci-Fi Girly


The New Fantasy Magazine

No Blog For A Beer as the Fantasy staff are all gathered at Readercon this weekend. But as today is the official launch of our new design, we wanted to inform you of some of the new things you’ll see around the magazine from now on. First, take a look at the Subscription page where […]


Chris Howard, author of Seaborn

Chris Howard loves to create, primarily with words. As an army brat, he grew up all over: Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Indiana, Presidio of San Francisco, France, Germany, and Japan. He’s now settled in coastal New Hampshire with his wife and two wonderful kids. He’s a writer who also paints, working in pen and ink, watercolor, and digital formats. Chris has blogged steadily since 2004, mostly on writing, art, Aristotle and technology. Seaborn is his first novel.


Gregory Bernard Banks on Disability in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Fantasy: Where are the differently-abled characters in science fiction and fantasy? Obviously you don’t know about them all. But from the perspective of a casual but pretty informed reader, I hardly see any. Is it a case of me missing them, or are they as scarce as I perceive?

Gregory Bernard Banks: Although there may be some that I’m unaware of, I don’t think there are very many people writing about disabled characters. Or, if they are disabled, it’s in a way in which the disability is either fictionalized or really not a major part of the story. One thing about Science Fiction and Fantasy is that, when written in their traditional forms such as Epic Fantasy or the pulp-style adventure Science Fiction most popular 50 or 60 years ago, the protagonists are normally archetypical heroes–the athletic Indian Jones type who always runs toward or away from danger, or the clever starship captain (sort of like Hans Solo of Star Wars fame) who zips around outer space getting into fights and conning his way out of trouble. Usually the hero is a dashing man who always seems to find love no matter where he finds himself at any particular time.