WWWednesday: February 19, 2014

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsLists and awards

This week the list-making and award-presenting elves of the literary world have been out in full force, so let me start by drawing your attention to the Kitschies. Recognizing the “most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works” of speculative fiction, they have announced their winners and finalists. Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being received the (coveted?) Red Tentacle for Best Novel, while Ancillary Justice got the Golden Tentacle for Best Debut. Ms. Leckie should probably just clear a shelf for awards ahead of time.

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award has also been announced, along with the Honor List. Rupetta by N. A. Sulway was the winner, while Hild, The Golem and the Jinni, and Ancillary Justice may be found on the Honor List. The Aurelis Award for the best Australian SFF has also announced finalists.

For those taking a non-spectator seat in the award process, Stupefying Stories has assembled a truly massive collection of stories from all the Campbell-eligible authors. It’s intimidating, exciting, and dudes, totally free. In a more unofficial kind of award system, here’s a list of books that famous authors gave 5 stars on Goodreads.

Articles and such

My favorite thing this week is definitely this spoofy, sharp-edged piece poking fun at every young adult dystopian novel ever, by Mallory Ortberg, called “It’s a Bunch of Years After the War and Everything is Different.”

But then my other favorite thing this week (I’m allowed to have multiple favorites; I am also a firm believer in having my cake and eating it, and going back for seconds) was this article on the six types of male characters that women never get to see in movies. It makes a clever mockery of all the kinds of roles women are given in movies (“The Homme Fatale”).

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsWriting and publishing

You probably already know this, but Lightspeed has successfully destroyed everything. Like, all of it. In the distant future archaeologists will be read conference papers about the day when a highly-regarded SFF magazine laid waste to the genre with a ruthless KickStarter campaign. Anyway, they’ll be doing special women-authored issues for science fiction, horror, and fantasy, and I heard a Twitter rumor that they might add a Queers Destroy SF issue in the distant future.

There’s a new Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling murder mystery coming out this year. Obviously, authors gonna author whatever they want, but I feel I speak for the masses when I say: Really? Crime fiction? But what about the untold tale of Voldemort’s first rise to power? Or Dumbledore’s teenage years?

And, even though April is really, really far away from February, here’s the newest Game of Thrones trailer. After the slow and frustrating third season, I’m ready for Certain People to Die, and Certain Other People to Get their Patricide On.

Pretty things


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ALIX E. HARROW recently got her MA in History at the University of Vermont, and has circled back to her Old Kentucky Home with her partner Nick Stiner. She spends her time desperately repairing their newly-purchased home, reading fantasy books, throwing a frisbee for their neurotic border collie, and trying to cook authentic Mexican food. She makes a hilariously small amount of money writing high school history curriculum. Alix is dipping her toes into the blogosphere at The Other Side of the Rain, in an attempt to sharpen her writing skills and also not-incidentally talk about the books she loves. Some of her favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Ursula LeGuin, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Susanna Clarke.

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