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Over at Kirkus Reviews: The Radical Joanna Russ

Joanna Russ wasn’t an author I came across when I first came across science fiction: she was someone who I slowly became aware of more recently, when I started working at this on a more professional and critical level. Part of this came from friends who were interested and researching her, and over the last couple of years, I’ve gained an appreciation for the few works that I have read.

What I find most interesting is her relationship with the genre: many of the arguments she put forward back in the 1960s/70s/80s still hold true today, and if anything, they’re even more relevant. For me, Russ makes a lot of sense, and her arguments not only apply towards better representations of men and women in science fiction, but make an excellent argument for simple innovation in writing science fiction. I can see why she was frustrated, and why she was angry.

Go read The Radical Joanna Russ over on Kirkus Reviews.

Is science catching up with science fiction? It may seem so when you consider a lot of the recent advancements made in science.

At the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I talk about how We Are Moving Towards Our Science Fictional Future.

Head on over an take a look!

Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Flash Fiction Online:

  • “Monoceros Ptolemy Cluster” by Steven W. Johnson
  • “Black Friday” by Brynn MacNab
  • “The Rules of the Game” by Alexandra Grunberg

This issue, which went live November 1st, was edited by Suzanne Vincent and features a cover image by Dario Bijelac and cover design by Anna Yeatts.

Single ebooks and subscriptions are available via Weightless Books.

Support Flash Fiction Online via Patreon.

The Slow Unveiling of James Tiptree Jr.

Science Fiction publishing is full of strange characters, but there’s one story that seems to really capture people’s attention consistently: James Tiptree Jr., a brilliant figure who seemed to appear out of nowhere, earn a number of awards, and maintained a fairly elusive personality in science fiction circles. It wasn’t until a decade of writing that it was revealed that Tiptree wasn’t actually a guy: it was a woman named Alice Sheldon, with an utterly fascinating background: she had traveled the world, participated in the Second World War, worked for the CIA and had a PhD.

Sheldon proves to be an interesting figure, challenging a number of preconceptions for gender in science fiction (not just with her alter ego). What’s interesting about Sheldon is that she endured and wrote about a number of the same issues that we seem to face in science fiction right now: how are women represented in fiction and how are female authors treated differently than their male counterparts? Sheldon’s story is illuminating when it comes to this.

Go read The Slow Unveiling of James Tiptree Jr. over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog.

The new issue of Clarkesworld is now posted:
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Every month I take a look at the vast array of new releases…and I name my top picks at the Kirkus Review Blog.

Head on over to Kirkus Reviews to see the The Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Books You’ll Want to Check Out in November

Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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I was perusing Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction edited by Guy Haley, and found out that I am perhaps even less of a sci-fi trivia king than I thought.

Head on over to Kirkus Reviews to see the 10 things that I learned about Sci-Fi from reading Sci-Fi Chronicles

Q: When is a Book More Than a Book?

It used to be that reading a book just meant, y’know, reading a book. Not so much anymore.

Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I remark on When a Book is More Than a Book.

SF Signal’s own John DeNardo joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester on this week’s episode of The Functional Nerds Podcast.

Listen below, or at The Functional Nerds, or subscribe to The Functional Nerds Podcast through iTunes.

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October is my favorite month for reading horror stories. For this month’s Adaptation Watch at Kirkus Reviews, I take a look at horror stories that are being adapted for television and film.

Go check out ‘Tis the Season to Be Frightened! Check Out These Scary Stories Before You See Them on TV and Film.

Here’s the table of contents for the new issue of Apex Magazine, a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field, edited by Sigrid Ellis.
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October is my favorite month for reading horror stories. This week, over at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I pick a dozen recent horror titles that will help you get your scare on.

Go check out 12 Excellent Horror Reads for The Month of October.

Table of Contents: Kaleidotrope, Autumn 2014

Fred Coppersmith, editor of Kaleidotrope, informs us that the table of contents of the brand new Autumn 2014 issue now live at www.kaleidotrope.net. This issue features six short stories and three poems that straddle between fantasy, horror, and science fiction.
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Fantasy Scroll Magazine (edited by Iulian Ionescu, Frederick Doot, and Alexandra Zamorski) is an online, quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. The magazine’s mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. With a mixture of short stories, flash fiction, and micro-fiction, Fantasy Scroll Magazine aims to appeal to a wide audience.

Here’s the table of contents for the new issue…
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Table of Contents: Clarkesworld, October 2014

The new issue of Clarkesworld is now posted:
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Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I anme name my top picks for Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads in October.

Did I name your favorites?

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Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue (which is guest-edited this month by Ellen Datlow):
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