Tag Archives: Science Fiction

198. Brazilian SF w/ Fabio Fernandes, Cesar Alcázar, Libby Ginway, and Jacques Barcia #WorldSFTour

15 Apr

The books, the histories, and the translations, oh my!  We’re joined by an all star cast to discuss the world of Brazilian SF.  We cover Brazil’s generations of sf writers, fandom, the publishing world, and the influences on Brazil’s sf universe.  You won’t want to miss this one.

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

Episode 196 — Download (MP3)

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Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

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Mining the Genre Asteroid: THE DRAGON WAITING by John M. Ford

10 Apr The Dragon Waiting

It’s the 15th century, but not the 15th century we know. Julian the Apostate was no apostate in this world, and Europe, from Wales to Byzantium, is pagan. The aforementioned Byzantines are strong and vibrant, with much of Italy and France under their boot, as well as the Balkans and Middle East, and now looking greedily at the British Isles. The British Isles are wracked by a civil war between two noble houses, and, thus, are ripe for the taking; if the right outsider might be groomed for the role and given backing. Henry Tydder, bearing the symbol of a red dragon, seems like a perfect candidate for Byzantium’s plans.

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On Recent South(east) Asian SF/F by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Guest Post)

4 Apr The Apex Book of World SF

When I first started publishing in 2012, I felt I’d come into an already established community, one thriving with international writers. It’s an environment that I’ve always found welcoming, and doubly so once I started discovering and meeting (online) other writers from my region, wherever in the world they are based. So I’d like to give an overview of what I’ve been seeing in this regard — any excuse would do to talk about these wonderful writers! — and talk a little about my publishing experiences these last couple years, though only a little; it’s not too charming to harp on about myself! I’m covering Southeast Asian and South Asian writers, though (as everyone who follows the state of short genre fiction would be) I closely follow mainland Chinese ones as well, most of whom we’re now seeing in Lightspeed and Clarkesworld through the diligent translations by Ken Liu. Some of the most recent are the lyrical Invisible Planets by Hao Jingfang and the fairy tale-like Grave of the Fireflies by Cheng Jingbo. Continue reading

Book Review: The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher

3 Apr BurningDark_Fcvr

Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland is a hero, but he certainly doesn’t feel like one. His gambit at Tau Retore to defeat an immense Spider ship was, charitably, a pyrrhic victory. Worse, he has a bum mechanical knee from the experience. Also, in keeping with tradition, instead of being immediately cashiered out of the Fleet, he has been given one final mission. There’s a space station around a mysterious star that radiates an almost evil, alien sort of light. It’s being decommissioned, and ‘Ida’ has been given the task, the privilege of overseeing that decommission.  But why does no one on the station know that he is a hero? And why are people disappearing or just acting strangely?  And most importantly, who and what is that signal Ida is getting in a forbidden radio band on his homemade radio set? Continue reading

A Note on Hugo Awards and The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj

31 Mar The Stars Change by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Today is the deadline for Hugo Award nominations.  If you haven’t voted yet, get your ballot filled out right now!  We are, of course, eligible in the Best Fancast and Best Fanzine categories, along with a lot of other wonderful folks.  So…vote!

In the interest of ballot-related things, I’d like to draw your attention to Mary Anne Mohanraj’s The Stars Change, which we talked about briefly in an upcoming episode recorded at ICFA this year (along w/ Cecilia Tan).  I knew I wouldn’t be able to get the episode up in time for folks to listen to it pre-ballot-deadline, so I promised to write a little post about the book.  In short, it’s an intriguing work, and our discussion covered such interesting topics as sexuality, Sri Lankan politics, and more.  If anything, this post should serve as a reminder that it is, in fact, eligible this year.

Here are some details about the book, which is published by Circlet Press: Continue reading


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