Today I started reading An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim, which promises to be an engaging time travel story. And like every good geek, I saw Avengers: Endgame this past weekend, which also plays around with time travel. I enjoy time travel stories because their mind-bending possibilities are so abundant, but it's difficult to write time travel well. The … Continue reading Favorite Time Travel Novels
I had been trying to recommend a new read each month, and I still fell behind on my recommendations. So of course I'm upping my goal to recommending a new read each week! Starting with this one... Does Ursula K. Le Guin write bad books? If so, I haven't found them. While this collection of … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Four Ways to Forgiveness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Happy new year! I have decided that 2016 is the year of not giving a fuck. And yes, there is a book for that. Here's a fresh roundup of links for your reading pleasure. Those books that we buy and then pile up on our shelves, unread? There is a word for that. Rebecca Solnit, … Continue reading Links for readers…
What Makes This Book So Great is a compendium of blog posts about Jo Walton's rereads of books, not necessarily all science fiction and fantasy. These are blog posts originally published on Tor.com, so they are short, breezy, and quick to read. Walton is such a prodigious reader, averaging a book or more a day (I wonder … Continue reading Recommended Reading: What Makes This Book So Great
I've resurrected an old idea of mine, which is to read science fiction about women and blog about it. I call the blog Sci Femme, and I hope to use it as a forum for longer-form essays about themes and trends in science fiction written by women. I'll be looking at both new and classic … Continue reading New blog: Sci Femme
At some point, I set out to read a representative sample of all the "great" writers of science fiction, so I could feel reasonably well-educated in the genre. If you haven't read a lot of science fiction, I recommend this exercise. It provides a grounding so you can learn where the well-worn tropes originated and appreciate … Continue reading A survey of classic science fiction, with notes about diversity in sci-fi…
This is another entry in my ongoing series identifying common problems in self-published novels. As a writer, you've got a terrific idea for an alien planet, a fantasy world or a dystopian future. You've worked out all the details, and you just know that no other writer has come up with something this creative or … Continue reading Watch out, that writer’s taking an info-dump!
I was pleased to contribute three of my book reviews to SF Mistressworks, a blog devoted to reviewing science fiction written by women and published during the 20th century. The reviews: A Gift Upon the Shore by M.K. Wren The Eye of the Heron by Ursula K. Le Guin Where Late the Sweet Birds Sing … Continue reading More book reviews! Science fiction by women…
I am a great fan of science fiction. I have been reading it all my life, and I read across the spectrum of the genre, from the very soft to the very hard. I enjoy it all, as long as it's well written. But I realize that science fiction is not for everyone. Some people … Continue reading Recommended science fiction reading for people who don’t like science fiction
I had admired the perfect form of my cottagers- their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions: but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool . . . and when I was convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence … Continue reading Frankenstein: The first science fiction novel?