Book Review: Defying Doomsday, Edited by Tsana Dolichva & Holly Kench

9 Aug DefyingDoomsday

“People with disability already live in a post-apocalyptic world.” – Robert Hoge

This crowd-funded anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction showcases the theme of disabled or chronically-ill protagonists. Edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, the collection features many Aussie female writers (though not exclusively) and names likely both familiar and new to speculative fiction readers. With all of its diversity in characters, apocalyptic setting, and featured disability/illness, Defying Doomday is remarkably consistent in tone and quality. Continue reading

300. Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota — Uncanny Magazine (Year Three)(An Interview)

8 Aug Uncanny Magazine

Wicked unicorns, short fiction gnomes, and Year Three, oh my!  Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota return to discuss another year of Uncanny Magazine.  We discuss the future of the magazine, the latest Kickstarter campaign, editing, and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Episode 300 — Download (MP3)Uncanny Magazine

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#47. X-Men Apocalypse (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

4 Aug X-Men Apocalypse

Superhero hair problems, emo smurfs, and Quicksilver, oh my!  Shaun, Rachael, and Jen respond to your demands and join forces to tackle Singer’s X-Men Apocalypse (2016).  They discuss the new characters, the comic book fidelity argument, where Apocalypse goes right and where it goes terribly wrong, Quicksilver, and much more!

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Book Review: Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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A band of heroes, a priestess determined to defeat the evil that threatens the land, and a prophecy that is the necessary fulfillment of conditions to defeat the Dark Lord all sounds like your bog-standard epic fantasy. The typical sort of epic fantasy that has been around since the 1980s and probably written  in three or more volumes. Perhaps even one of those interminable series that just keeps going on and on. Almost certainly there would be your typical map, maybe a glossary, or a dramatis personae. In the hands of Adrian Tchaikovsky, however, Spiderlight is a lean short novel. It takes the epic fantasy formula template and in the midst of executing that formula, ruthlessly and entertainingly interrogates and examines it. Continue reading

Book Review: Awakenings by Edward Lazellari

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Two denizens of New York City, both with a mysterious amnesia, turn out to be connected to each other and to interdimensional intrigue with the fantasy realm of Aandor in Edward Lazellari’s debut novel Awakenings. Given that the other realms and the greater universe are offscreen and only referred to, what the novel comes out to be is an unusual take on urban fantasy, where the fantastic intrusion is from a fantasy realm rather than from, say, Faerie.

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