Betsy Dornbusch’s The Silver Scar distills her epic fantasy skills into a potent single-volume epic set in a post-apocalypse Colorado.
Post-Apocalypse Colorado is a hell of a place. There are Wiccans and Indigos in the mountains, some of whom still engage in eco terrorism. The communities of Denver and Boulder, fortress cities in this fallen age, are bastions of a Christianity that has gained its taste for crusade against the benighted people around. There are slavers who come up from wealthy and powerful Mexico, an additional complication for whose would trade and travel in this fallen world. Technology has somewhat fallen—bullets are expensive, so medieval weaponry and armor are much easier to make. Horses are as common as solar powered motorcycles and trucks (drays).
Murderous status, dragons, and culinary competitions, oh my! For our first interview of 2019, we’re excited to bring to you the fantastic S.A. Chakraborty. Paul and Elizabeth chat with S.A. (Shannon) about book two of the Daevabad Trilogy, Kingdom of Copper. They explore why the second book is set a good five years after the first one, how the characters deal with the political turmoil of a land divided, why being a good person is completely subjective, how language and cooking help set the tone for the worldbuilding, and a heck of a lot more! Minor spoilers lie ahead, but this interview is absolutely brilliant!
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It’s that time again! The time when so many of us tell you what we created that is eligible for an SF/F award in 2019. And as always, we’re going to tell you about all the eligible things that this podcast and/or its hosts created AND all the eligible things we covered, including movies, books, comics, and more!
So hold on to your butts. This will be a monster post of delightfully awards-eligible beautificities!
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Bedtime Stories highlights Children’s Books with a diverse, global perspective.
Every night, when the owl hoots and the shadows of the trees dance on the walls, the Night Monster creeps into Avi’s room and frightens him. One day, his sister suggests he write a letter to the monster, and Avi’s nights are not the same anymore.
The Night Monster, released in the US in September of 2018 by Karadi Tales, a publishing company based in India, is beautifully written by Sushree Mishra and illustrated by Sanket Pethkar. I only wish I had a physical copy get the full measure of this wonderful story that explores fear and how you can conquer it, especially with loved ones lending a helping hand.
Well, folks. It’s 2019 and time for our first episode of the year! Shaun, Paul, Julia, and Stephen get down to business with all their faves from last year and what will probably be faves this year! Then Cam, Kerry, Elizabeth, David, Trish, and Jen throw their hats into the ring, so make sure you stay until the end! 2018 might not have been a great year for the world, but it was a great year in speculative fiction, which is why there’s still plenty for us to talk about as we look back on everything we did. Who knows what 2019 will bring? It seems as if speculative fiction is at least one area that definitely won’t disappoint us.
For the last month we’ve been sharing our joys through our #MonthofJoy posts and BookTube videos, and we refuse to lose sight of those joys as we plow headlong into an amazing year of podcasts, blog posts, videos, newsletters, Patreon exclusives, merchandise, and more! So to quote Paul: keep your eyes on the skies and your ears to the ground, because we’re coming for all the specfic!
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Yes, we’re terribly late in letting you know about this, so we figured that we’d catch you up real quick and, from this day forward, we’ll be posting each of our YouTube videos here so that you don’t miss anything!
Our BookTube is a weekly show that will include book reviews, updates, conversations, and whatever else we feel like putting on it! Three shows that we definitely have are: A main episode that will generally include a couple of reviews from different hosts; a mid-month episode we’re calling “Escape from Speculative Fiction Mountain” which is us letting you know what we’ve been reading, what we’re planning on reading, upcoming releases, and the like; Jen will be hosting “Loopdilou’s Retro Reviews” where she’ll be reviewing older fiction that she probably has never, ever read before; and then, gods willing, Shaun will be hosting something sexy and classy at the end of each month. Shout out to our former intern and now BookTube producer – Trang Ngo! She’s the best!
For now, commence the viewing! And don’t forget to click the subscribe button so you don’t miss our adorable faces!! [Read more…]
My father died this past spring.
I made no announcements, attended no funerals, and cried no tears over his passing. Though Dad lived an hour away I hadn’t seen him for about fifteen years. Estranged is the proper word, but as a wordie (like some people are foodies) “estranged” always conjures up notions of arguments and betrayal, of tearful decisions, of heart-rendering loss. This was a more logical decision, a choice based on my emotional, familial bandwidth: I have a wonderful husband, two amazing kids, a mother I adore, brothers I admire, FIVE sisters-in-law and their extended families, two sets of great in-laws, seven first cousins… er. You get the picture. We have an abundance of family. [Read more…]
It’s hard to pinpoint when my love affair with the prose and poetry of that chilly little speck of a country, who only last year managed to send a squad to compete in the Men’s World Cup, that was founded by a legendarily unruly band of malcontents who didn’t want to bend the knee to Harold Fairhair, that famously still has a population so small and inbred that there’s a dating app to evaluate if you’re too closely related to that hottie to have the warm drawers you do: Iceland. But my infatuation with that volcanic island very possibly started in elementary school, when I came across a copy of Inri and Edgar D’aulaire’s Norse Gods and Giants in my school library.
My son is almost 2 years old and has started enjoying TV, so I find myself—for the first time in over two decades—watching TV for little kids. The main channel I watch is CBeebies, the BBC channel specifically for under 7s. As with any broadcast channel I watch at certain times, so I certainly haven’t seen all the available shows. There are some I don’t like much, and a few I mostly ignore, but there’s some good stuff for small people. Below are the five little kids’ shows that I most enjoy and feel good about watching with my son. Also, he’s currently really interested in octopuses and 2 of the shows below cause him to shout out “Oc-pus!” while we’re watching, which is pretty cute. [Read more…]