I would normally begin with the fact that the name Lady Isabella Trent is known to every schoolchild and adult of the slightest education, but such assumptions have gotten me into trouble before here at the S&F Herald. While it’s possible that some villagers in far off corners of the world, or even in quiet corners of our own Scirland, have not heard of the life and times of the foremost studier of dragons, I would expect most of our readers to be familiar with her and her work. Breaking conventions of her time in regards to her sex, Lady Isabella Trent’s more salacious and popular accounts of her adventures have no doubt gotten many young boarding school readers into trouble for possessing and passing around. To say nothing of askance looks from one’s social peers to find such volumes on their bookshelf.
Archives for December 2013
By popular demand (Paul!), I present to you the top 10 posts and episodes for November 2013. Enjoy!
- Out-Brutalling the Last Guy: “Grim and gritty, yes…but make sure it’s doing some honest work” by K.V. Johansen
- Worldbuilding: Why It Ain’t So Easy by Stina Leicht
- Mining the Genre Asteroid: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm (post by Paul Weimer)
- Adventures in SF Parenting: the Wild, Wild Web by Jen Zink
- Mining the Genre Asteroid: Way Station by Clifford Simak (post by Paul Weimer)
- The Disquieting Guest — Horror in/and Fantasy by David Annandale
- LitBits: The Politics of Author/Work Separation by Shaun Duke
- Movie Review: Mama (2013) by Stina Leicht
- The Disquieting Guest — A Belated Explanation by David Annandale
- Geekomancer Under Glass: Beyond the Capes (Part Two) by Mike Underwood
- 177. Nick Mamatas — Love is the Law (An Interview)
- Episode 4.2 — Torture Cinema Meets The Wicker Man
- 175. Religion and Genre Fiction w/ Max Gladstone & David Levine (A Discussion)
- 176. Sam Sykes at Worldcon (An Interview of Sorts)
- 174. Cassandra Rose Clarke at Worldcon (An Interview of Sorts)
- 178. Emma Newman (a.k.a. Tea & Cake) — The Split Worlds Trilogy
- #05 — Pacific Rim (2013) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion w/ Michael R. Underwood
- #03 — Man of Steel (2013) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion w/ David Annandale and Michael R. Underwood
- Episode 84 — Women in Military SF (or The Kratman Rule is B.S.)
- 173. The Gate (1987) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” (the Halloween Special)
Empires, spaceships, and corruption, oh my! Author Ann Leckie joins us to discuss her much-discussed novel, Ancillary Justice. We talk about gender paradigms (in her work and elsewhere), research, colonial empires, science fiction as a genre, and much more!
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This week, I’m going to take another look at Fall TV pilots in the geekiverse, from Tesla Steampunk Tony Stark to the latest Buddy Cops With Androids.
The latest in a years-long trend of re-imaginings and re-boots, the Jonathan Rhys-Meyers-fronted Dracula takes the story forward to the early 20th century, where Vlad Tepes (a.k.a. Dracula) is resurrected from an intricate grave and heads to London to plot against the Ordo Draco, the group that destroyed his life and killed the love of his eternal life, Ilona. [Read more…]