TorCon 2020: V. E. Schwab & Neil Gaiman
 

V. E. Schwab & Neil Gaiman

Looking Back at TorCon 2020

 
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
 

Riot Baby

Review

 
Breaking Chaos by Ben Galley
 

Breaking Chaos

Review

 

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Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
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The 21st Century has seen a slew of diverse authors writing and releasing stories that have expanded the speculative fiction canon. Not only have these authors written stories for readers like them, but also presented a deeper look into issues—both past and present—that affect their represented groups. Themes of oppression, slavery, colonialism, poverty, and genocide […]

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SFF Books by Authors of Color: An Incomplete List of Suggestions

SFF Books by Authors of Color: An Incomplete List of Suggestions 

People who know me know I love making book lists. And here is one full of fantasy and science fiction authors of color! When we started lockdown here in Germany, I couldn’t go to work for a couple of weeks, so I had a lot of time on my hands! And so, I started a […]

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Recommendations for SFF Authors of Various Identities

Recommendations for SFF Authors of Various Identities 

Today’s society claims to be “woke” when it comes to the need for diversity, except we all know that isn’t true. The prejudice and bigotry presented on the news and in other media continues to reflect similar issues seen within the publishing industry. While movies and television have made visual strides to present more diverse […]

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Monsters, the Monstrous, and Reclaiming the Other

Monsters, the Monstrous, and Reclaiming the Other 

Monsters—or, in the very least, the monstrous—show up fairly frequently in most speculative fiction. Whether under the guise of dragons and creatures from the deep (ocean or space) or by way of vampires and the fickle, often cruel fae, monsters and the absolute other of evil is a mainstay of much of our fiction. Casting the net […]

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Queer Representation in SFF

Queer Representation in SFF 

One of two things happen when you raise the issue of queer and gender rep in speculative fiction: The first is we’re told it’s not important, that unqueer people don’t care, and that they do not want it “shoved down their throats”. Second, we’re given a blithe, well-meaning shrug and told that people are not […]

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Wading in the Cultural Shallows: How Irish Mythology Became A Commodity for Fantasy

Wading in the Cultural Shallows: How Irish Mythology Became A Commodity for Fantasy 

One night at a party I was introduced to a woman who proudly informed told me she’d named her baby daughter ‘Banshee’ in celebration of her Irish heritage. Even at the time I was pretty stunned by the announcement. For an Irish person (and I would have thought most people would have known this), this […]

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