272. German Language SF at LonCon3 w/ Martin Stricker, Ju Honisch, Oliver Plaschka, Volker Tanger, and Stefanie Zurek

25 May Germany Flag Map

Achtung, deutsche Science-Fiction im Haus!  In our last recording from LonCon3, we present the panel on German Language SF featuring Martin Stricker, Ju Honisch, Oliver Plaschka, Volker Tanger, and Stefanie Zurek!

Here is the panel description:

Recent years have seen several major German SF novels appear in English, including Wolfgang Jeschke’s “The Cusanus Game”, Frank Schatzing’s “The Swarm”, and Julie Zeh’s “The Method”. Are these representative of the contemporary German field? Which other writers (and film-makers, and TV shows) are defining contemporary German SF?

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 272 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes: Continue reading

Book Review: CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge

22 May CuckooSong

It is England during the reign of King George V. The Machine Age is at its peak, and human society is in flux, becoming increasingly urbanized, secular. The Great War has come to a close, but the traumatic devastation it has wrought echoes on in family’s lives. Nations struggle to recover and political/economic turmoil presages greater conflicts and changes to come. What the future holds is not only a concern for humanity, but also for The Besiders, a race that has lived alongside us in the margins, driven further into the isolated shadows as human civilization spreads.

Eleven-year-old Triss Crescent awakens in a bed surrounded by her parents and a doctor, her memory fragmented and incomplete. She gradually recalls that the family is together on vacation, and that she has had an accident, coming close to drowning in the Grimmer, a local millpond. But she has difficulty remembering the details of how she fell in, or how she managed to get out. Triss’ younger sister Pen was there to witness the accident, but Pen sulks in the corner of the room, far from Triss, and won’t say more than angrily proclaim that Triss is lying, pretending; that Triss is not who she claims to be. Continue reading

Book Review: The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard

21 May The_End_of_the_Sentence_by_Maria_Dahvana_Headley_and_Kat_Howard

Malcolm Mays has been running from a tragic event in his past. His flight has taken him to the tiny community of Ione, Oregon. There, he has bought an old, abandoned house to make his own, sight unseen. Much to his surprise, the town knows all about the House, and its reputation casts a long shadow indeed. Worse, Malcolm is getting impossible letters from a prisoner, Dusha, in the Oregon state prison who should be long dead. A prisoner that tells Malcolm that the house will “welcome him” but that Malcolm must prepare for Dusha’s release from the prison at the end of the sentence.

Impossible letters, a haunted house, dark secrets, the dread coming of Dusha, and Malcolm’s own tragic past come together in The End of the Sentence, a Subterranean Press novella, a collaboration between  Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard. Continue reading

“Ten Post-Apocalyptic Novels Written by Women” by Nicolette Stewart

20 May

There are 1000 ways to end the world, and fictional explorations of those possibilities have been popular (more so whenever disaster seems near at hand) for going on 200 years. But why do we love to watch the world burn?  Is it a desire to start over?  A catharsis for our fears about things out of our control? Or just a fun thought experiment in which we can examine the actions and reactions of humans put in the most extreme of situations? Continue reading

“Writing Toward Acceptance” by Sarah Remy

19 May

Non-Binary Genders are gender identities that don’t fit within the accepted binary of male and female. People can feel they are both, neither, or some mixture thereof. It might be easier to view gender as a 1-dimensional spectrum with male on one end, female on the other, and androgyne in the middle, but the reality is that gender is more complex, and 3-dimensional models with axes for male, female, and how strongly you feel attached to that gender identity have been suggested.

Recently I’ve begun a little experiment:  I’ve started asking various friends of various ages if they know what ‘non-binary’ means. Granted, I’m not kind enough to give them a hint with a qualifier:  do you know what non-binary means in regards to gender? Hints are not part of the experimental parameters. Hints might be cheating. Continue reading


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