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Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:25:49 +0000
X Marks the Story: September 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. Sometimes, you just have let your nerd flag fly. Have a secret love of stories featuring space whales? Can’t resist a tale about a princess rescuing a dragon from a wicked prince? Stay up late searching for fiction where rough and rowdy pilots race through an asteroid belt riddled with danger? X-cellent! Sometimes, stories just hit that place in the brain that says “This!!!!” And today, I want to highlight six recent reads that made me unashamedly geek out. From wise chickens (yes!) to emerging, fortune-telling AIs (Yes!!!) to psychic detectives and romances featuring Death Himself (YASSSSSS!!!), today’s X-plorations feature a number of my very favorite (if a bit weirdly specific) things. So declare your most unpopular ships, reveal your guiltiest pleasures, and let’s embrace what X-emplifies our true hearts desires! “The Privilege of the Happy Ending”, Kij Johnson (Published in Clarkesworld #143, August 2018) What It Is: Following the loss of her parents, Ada is sent to live […]

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Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:43:54 +0000
A Smugglerific Cover: PHANTOM LIMB by Reiko Scott

In which we reveal the cover for the next short story in our 2018 Awakenings series, Phantom Limb by Reiko Scott! Behold the smugglerific cover: About the Story I received my first cybernetic arm when I was eight years old. Naomi Shimizu has undergone several enhancements. A cybernetic arm, to replace her crushed one. Smooth pale skin and visual implants, to replace what was lost in an accident. Over the course of her life, she has traded organic body parts for constructed ones—not always with her consent. So now, Naomi works for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene under the Cybernetic Registry, to halt and prevent the blackmarket sale of cybernetic mods. But modifications have a way of changing a girl—and Naomi will do anything it takes to do her job. To be perfect. A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers) When we received Reiko’s submission, it was with the statement that her story was written in angry response to the whitewashed movie adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Immediately, we alighted upon it. Phantom Limb is a powerful science fiction story about a world in which demand for cybernetic enhancements strain against […]

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Sat, 15 Sep 2018 14:27:49 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s Monday and we are over at Kirkus! Ana reads a new novella by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Prime Meridian, a story of loneliness, second chances and Mars. Go over there to read the whole thing.

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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:54:43 +0000
On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: I have been remiss in posting about the LAST EVER MEGAN WHALEN TURNER’S QUEENS THIEF BOOK. I guess I am just too emotional over it. GEN BETTER SURVIVE THIS BOOK, YOU GUYS. The thrilling, twenty-years-in-the-making, conclusion to the New York Times–bestselling Queen’s Thief series, by Megan Whalen Turner. This beloved and award-winning series began with the acclaimed novel The Thief. It and four more stand-alone volumes bring to life a world of epics, myths, and legends, and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Now more powerful and cunning than ever before, Eugenides must navigate a perilous future in this sweeping conclusion. Perfect for fans of […]

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Tue, 11 Sep 2018 04:51:26 +0000
Non-Binary Authors to Read: September 2018

Non-Binary Authors To Read is a quarterly column from A.C. Wise highlighting non-binary authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work. Welcome to September’s Non-Binary Authors to Read! This time around, I’m recommending three short stories and a novel, touching on environmental justice, magic and fairy tales, and space opera. Kathrin K


Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:57:52 +0000
Book Review: The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

Title:The Book of M Author: Peng Shepherd Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Post-Apocalypse/Dystopia Publisher: William Morrow / Harper Voyager Publication date: June 8 2018 Paperback: 485 pages Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself. One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories. Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too. Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory […]

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Fri, 07 Sep 2018 04:01:12 +0000
Over At Kirkus: SEAFIRE by Natalie C. Parker

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today, with a review of Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. A novel about lady pirates on the high seas, in a future post-apocalyptic style SFF world (!), Seafire has its hits and its misses. Go over to Kirkus to get the full review.

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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 09:46:23 +0000
A ROOM AWAY FROM THE WOLVES: An Interview with Nova Ren Suma (& Giveaway)

Today we are thrilled to present an interview with long-standing Book Smuggler favorite Nova Ren Suma and a giveaway to celebrate her newest novel, A Room Away from the Wolves. We’ve been huge fans of Nova’s since reading and loving her eerie first novel Imaginary Girls, and love her trademark lyrical prose, combined with feminist themes and powerful, flawed, fully-dimensioned characters. Naturally, we jumped at the chance to interview her about her newest novel, which blends magical realism and gothic horror against the backdrop of New York City. Your newest novel, A Room Away from the Wolves, tells the story of a young girl who runs away from home for New York City, in a women’s residence shrouded in secrecy and magic. Tell us a little bit about the idea behind Catherine House, and what inspired Bina’s tale New York was the destination of my dreams, ever since I was a child. I’ll never forget the stories my mother told me about the best year of her life… It was 1969, she was 19, and she’d ride the Long Island Railroad into Manhattan to have glorious adventures downtown every weekend. It was these mythic city stories she wove that inspired […]

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Mon, 03 Sep 2018 14:00:50 +0000
Trash & Treasure: Accepting imperfection in media while still valuing criticism

Trash & Treasure is a miscellany of monthly opinions on SFF, fandom and general geekness from Foz Meadows. This month’s entry is a lengthy look at accepting imperfection in media while still valuing criticism, critical discourse around critics and more. In light of various recent fandom dramas, such as those surrounding shows like Steven Universe and Voltron: Legendary Defender, I’ve found myself chewing over the importance of accepting imperfection in media while still valuing criticism. Particularly in the context of advocating for more diverse storytelling and narratives, there’s a thinly veiled toxicity to the argument that a diverse narrative only really “counts” and/or merits promotion as such if it gets absolutely everything right. Not only does this mean holding diverse stories and creators to higher, more sharply punitive standards than their more homogenous counterparts, but it promotes the false and ultimately damaging belief that there’s only one or a small, finite number of acceptable ways to portray certain narratives, characters and experiences, and that anything beyond this makes the whole irredeemable. While I agree that bad representation can often do more harm than no representation at all, going the extra step of arguing that anything less than perfect representation must […]

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Fri, 31 Aug 2018 16:17:06 +0000
Dead Air: Serialised Fiction, Podcast and Murder

We are delighted to be spotlight another existing series from Serial Box today. On August 15th, Serial Box released Dead Air, a series that combines a true crime podcast (which you can listen to here) and a thriller series (which you can read here). I for one, am super hooked up on it already! Dead Air is Serial Box’s first mystery series, and was written in a TV-like writer’s room by the talented team of Book Smugglers’ faves Gwenda Bond, Rachel Caine and Carrie Ryan and we have the team over here today for a round table on writing the series. Gwenda Bond: I’ll start us off! The process of creating Dead Air has been a fun whirlwind, a lot of work, and different than any other project I’ve done — even the collaborative ones. I originally came up with the idea of Macy (better known as Mackenzie to podcast listeners) as a character coping with a recent loss by indulging her interest in true crime on the radio, but who then gets drawn into an investigation that gets more and more personal. From the start, she was going to be a character with a lot of room to grow […]

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Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:37:09 +0000
Over at Kirkus – 10 Fall Books to Look Forward to

It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana lists 10 books she is looking forward to reading this fall. Go over there to check out the whole list.

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Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:00:31 +0000
Trash & Treasure: Foz Meadows on Worldcon 76 (a Recap)

Trash & Treasure is a miscellany of monthly opinions on SFF, fandom and general geekness from Foz Meadows. This month’s entry is a recap of Worldcon 76 that took place in San Jose between August 16-20… This year, I was lucky enough to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose, where I had a wonderful time. As an extrovert who seldom gets the chance to talk SFF-shop in daily life, cons are a way for me to recharge my creative and mental batteries, and while there were invariably some issues regarding marginalisation and accessibility to be learned from in the future – not only in the leadup, but both during the con itself and afterwards – the overall experience, at least for me, was a positive one. From Friday to Sunday, I participated in seven events: six panels and a shared reading with fellow Book Smugglers authors Kate Elliott and S.L. Huang. The reading was packed, and all three pieces – including Lisa’s excerpt from her Book Smugglers novella, The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist – were well-received by the audience; it was a genuinely wonderful way to spend an hour. Panel-wise, while I would be hard-pressed to pick a favourite appearance, […]

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Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:34:51 +0000
RUNNING by Itoro Udofia

Running by Itoro Udofia Published 8/28/2018 I’ve got an ancestor on my back. Arit is a young woman, growing up in a home that balances two different worlds. On the TV, a preacher speaks of a God who looks nothing like her—back in her bedroom, the spirit of an ancestor speaks of a life that can never be Arit’s. Running by Itoro Udofia tells the story of a first generation Nigerian-American, straddling the line between present and past, the life Arit wants, and the life others want for her. I’ve got an ancestor on my back. She wades through whatever spirit filled world she inhabits to rest herself beside me while I sleep. She recalls every inane habit of mine, down to the wrinkle that forms between my brows when I frown.


Mon, 27 Aug 2018 11:07:14 +0000
Running: Itoro Udofia on Inspirations & Influences

“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Hello everybody! Tomorrow we publish “Running” by Itoro Udofia, the fourth short story in the Awakenings Season. Today, the author is here to talk about the inspirations and influences behind the story! I dream of a world that dreams me. Like most Black girls growing up in the 90s (I’m assuming), it was rare to see someone with my life experiences reflected in fiction. In school we read from the usual suspects, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Ray Bradbury, Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens. They weren’t terrible writers. There were invaluable things to learn in terms of plot, craft, and mastery. The issues with constantly reading from these types of writers was one of perspective and value. These old white men were considered the pinnacle of all that was good and true in the world, and my dilemma with this unspoken idea was that my young Black African girl self did not exist within their realm of the good and the true. Thus, […]

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Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:15:04 +0000
Cooking the Books with Jeannette Ng

Happy Monday and welcome to a regular monthly feature in partnership with Fran Wilde and Aliette de Bodard’s Cooking the Books Podcast! Today’s guest is Jeannette Ng, talking to Fran and Aliette about her Gothic novel Under the Pendulum Sun! Here at the extension kitchen, we have bonus Q&A content and an audio snippet: The Book Smugglers: Let’s play Marry/Kiss/Kill, but with food. Jeannette Ng: I may be overthinking this, but logistically the only food I could think to kill is an Oyster, given how they’re still alive before consumption. It’s also an opportunity to reenact the Walrus and the Carpenter scene in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, which seems a good idea. I’m also not the biggest fan of oysters and would likely not miss them, so success all round. I’d probably kiss sushi because I apparently make indecent faces during their consumption. A friend once said that it was the closest to watching me have sex that they ever want to be. I’m not sure I want to be pressured into marriage by any one food. Whilst not nearly as adventurous as some, I’m something of a neophile when it comes to food and I’m not sure how I’d […]

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Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:00:18 +0000
Over at Kirkus: The Dynamics of Power

It’s Friday and Thea is over at Kirkus! Today, Thea offers us a list of books that explore the dynamics of power, from the perspective of those who have it, as well as those without. Go over there to check it out.

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Wed, 22 Aug 2018 06:50:37 +0000
A Smugglerific Cover: RUNNING by Itoro Udofia

In which we reveal the cover for the next short story in our 2018 Awakenings series, Running by Itoro Udofia! Behold the smugglerific cover: About the Story I’ve got an ancestor on my back. Arit is a young woman, growing up in a home that balances two different worlds. On the TV, a preacher speaks of a God who looks nothing like her—back in her bedroom, the spirit of an ancestor speaks of a life that can never be Arit’s. Running by Itoro Udofia tells the story of a first generation Nigerian-American, straddling the line between present and past, the life Arit wants, and the life others want for her. A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers) One of the things we love about publishing is finding authors from diverse backgrounds. Running is the story of a first generation Nigerian American, who struggles with her perception of self, caught between the expectations of her past and her desires to assimilate for the future. Written about a woman of color by a woman of color, Running is thought-provoking, powerful, and different. We hope you love Arit’s story as much as we do. About the Author: Itoro Udofia Itoro […]

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Tue, 21 Aug 2018 13:21:50 +0000
Old School Wednesdays: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Old School Wednesdays is a regular Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation into the past? Logo designed by the wonderful KMont Title: Station Eleven Author: Emily St. John Mandel Genre: Post-apocalyptic Lit Publisher: Knopf Publication date: First published 2014 Paperback: 336 pages An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel […]

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Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:23:17 +0000
A Glimmer of Silver: Juliet Kemp on Inspirations & Influences

“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Hello everybody! We recently published a new novella, A Glimmer of Silver by Juliet Kemp. Today, the author is here to talk about the inspirations and influences behind the story! I’m really excited that after a lot of writing, editing (thank you to my writers’ group, the Catherders, who told me to write a proper ending), and more editing (thank you to the fantastic Book Smugglers, who improved the whole thing beyond reason), A Glimmer of Silver is going to be out in the world! My protagonist Jennery appeared in my mind fully formed, floating on xyr back in the sea and feeling tremendously fed up about something. Or possibly about everything. Jennery’s voice was clear right from the start, but what I didn’t know was what xe was doing there, what xe was so annoyed about, and what would happen next. I love the ocean, and there was Jennery, floating in the ocean. I often find myself drawn […]

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Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:06:04 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Tell the Machine Goodnight

It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus!! Today, Ana takes a look at Katie Williams’ first adult novel. If you remember, Ana LOVED the author’s YA novel The Space Between Trees way back when. Anyways, this new novel is also awesome. Go over to Kirkus to check it out.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:01:49 +0000
Cover Reveal: The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber

Happy Thursday to all! We are delighted to be hosting the cover reveal for Leanna Renee Hieber’s new book, The Spectral City, along with a few words from the author herself <3 Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! The Cover: About the book: Solving crime isn’t only for the living. In turn-of-the century New York City, the police have an off-the-books spiritual go-to when it comes to solving puzzling corporeal crimes . . . Her name is Eve Whitby, gifted medium and spearhead of The Ghost Precinct. When most women are traveling in a gilded society that promises only well-appointed marriage, the confident nineteen-year-old Eve navigates a social circle that carries a different kind of chill. Working with the diligent but skeptical Lieutenant Horowitz, as well as a group of fellow psychics and wayward ghosts, Eve holds her own against detractors and threats to solve New York’s most disturbing crimes as only a medium of her ability can. But as accustomed as Eve is to ghastly crimes and all matters of the uncanny, even she is unsettled by her department’s latest mystery. Her ghostly conduits are starting to disappear one by one as though snatched away by some evil […]

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:10:57 +0000
X Marks the Story: August 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. It’s August here at X Marks the Story, which means the seasons are starting to shift. The year, once young and bright, is now well past middle age and the end is like a taste of harvest spice. The perfect time for an X-ponential increase in ghost stories! So come on, huddle close while I X-pound about the spooky, the spectral, and the supernatural. Now, some of the stories’ ghosts aren’t X-actly of the literal variety. For a few, the ghosts come in the form of losses that fester, wounds that have not healed—cannot heal, because of what’s at the heart of them, tainting them. Whether that’s the lingering touch of war and senseless violence, or bigotry and intolerance, the ghosts here are figurative, but perhaps even more difficult to X-orcise. So grab an X-tra large container of salt, make sure your proton packs are charged and properly installed, and let’s check out the stories! “Dead Air”, Nino Cipri […]

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:45:20 +0000
Come Die with Me: Kelly Jensen on writing To See the Sun

Today we welcome Kelly Jensen to the blog with a guest post on writing her new LGBT novel, To See the Sun, out now from Riptide Publishing. I might not have been the only person in the audience for Interstellar watching the incoming tidal wave on Miller’s Planet and thinking—how could we make this place work? But I was probably one of a very small handful. Who wants to live in on a planet where not only is time severely dilated—to the point where a year on the surface would mean all of your friends in orbit are dead—but there is no land? There’s a surface, and sometimes it’s only ankle deep. Then the wave comes, taller than the tallest buildings in New York City, destroying everything in its perpetual journey around the globe. Then there’s Gargantua, the black hole hovering just off the horizon. In the film, the crew of the Endurance are quick to dismiss Miller’s Planet—and why not? They have a couple of alternatives, and they really don’t have the time to figure out how to live there. I’m not sure anyone could actually live there. But the challenge of it, the puzzle, is one of my […]

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Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:41:38 +0000
THE GIRL WITH THE FROZEN HEART by Y.M. Pang

The Girl with the Frozen Heart by Y.M. Pang Published 8/14/2018 A girl lies bleeding in the snow; an arrow piercing her heart. A god takes pity on her and saves her life, the only way he knows how. The girl is taken in by a nearby village, her memories and past completely erased. Telzo, the blacksmith’s apprentice, is drawn to her and soon enough begins to fall in love with her. He allows himself to hope that one day she might feel something for him in return–but is that the right thing to hope for? The Girl with the Frozen Heart is a tale of a different kind of Awakening—one with heart-wrenching consequences. She was dying when the god of winter found her. She stumbled through the snowdrift, one hand pressed to her chest. Blood dripped between her fingers, mingling with the heavy white snowflakes. She had snapped off the arrow’s shaft, but its tip remained embedded in her heart. She managed three more steps. Three steps into wind and emptiness. Three steps from the bodies, Vilocet and Casenna alike. Then her legs finally collapsed and she fell forward, one more body in the snow. Her blood pooled around […]

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Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:59:03 +0000
Over at Kirkus: CITY OF LIES by Sam Hawke

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today, with a review of City of Lies by Sam Hawke. The debut novel from Sam Hawke, City of Lies is the story of a culturally and intellectually advanced city that comes under siege for reasons unknown to its three main protagonists–Jovan (poison taster, noble, and beloved brother), Kalina (under-estimated, clever, and beloved sister), and Tain (charismatic, Chancellor, and beloved best friend). Go over to Kirkus to get the full review.

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Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:57:22 +0000
The Girl with the Frozen Heart: Y. M. Pang on Inspirations & Influences

“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Hello everybody! Tomorrow we publish “The Girl with the Frozen Heart” by Y.M.Pang, the third short story in the Awakenings Season. Today, the author is here to talk about the inspirations and influences behind the story! I wrote The Girl with the Frozen Heart sometime between Christmas and mid-January. On January 13th, I sent it off to my long-time friend with the message, Enjoy the heartwarming winter tale. [insert smiley face] In retrospect, that smiley showed way too many teeth. It snows a lot in wintertime Toronto. That’s not news to anyone, though the rest of Canada probably thinks we have it easy. I had the image of a girl stumbling through the snow, bleeding. That’s the beginning. As for the ending… Let’s switch gears entirely. Ever seen Gankutsuou? It’s an anime based on The Count of Monte Cristo. With giant robots, just because. In the final scene… well, don’t let me spoil two stories for you. My third […]

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Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:47:38 +0000
Eight Nerdy Chicago People and Organizations We Love By Matt Peters and Michi Trota (Uncanny Magazine Kickstarter shout out)

Hello everybody!! The Kickstarter for Uncanny Magazine Year 5: I Want my Uncanny TV is up and running and we are more than delighted to be hosting a guest post from Matt Peters and Michi Trota talking about the campaign, specially the new cool thing they have going this year: A POTENTIAL UNCANNY TV! Go support them! We already have! Now, without further ado, please give it up for Michi and Matt! What creators are capable of doing with their love of fandom spans a wide range of interests, professions, and genres. That endless creativity and passion for SF/F is what characterizes the community that’s grown around Uncanny Magazine, and why we’re thrilled to continue for fifth year thanks to the ongoing generosity of our Uncanny Magazine Year 5: I Want My Uncanny TV Kickstarter supporters. We’ve spent the last several years at Uncanny celebrating and exploring gorgeous SF/F prose, poetry, and art from countless perspectives and voices, and expanding Uncanny’s mission to explore the wider ecosystem of SF/F creativity with our Year 5 project, Uncanny TV, seems like a natural progression. As cohosts, our goal with Uncanny TV is to highlight how creators are taking their love of geek […]

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Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:34:47 +0000
A Smugglerific Cover: THE GIRL WITH THE FROZEN HEART by Y.M. Pang

In which we reveal the cover for the next short story in our 2018 Awakenings series, The Girl with the Frozen Heart by Y.M. Pang! Behold the smugglerific cover: About the Story A girl lies bleeding in the snow; an arrow piercing her heart. A god takes pity on her and saves her life, the only way he knows how. The girl is taken in by a nearby village, her memories and past completely erased. Telzo, the blacksmith’s apprentice, is drawn to her and soon enough begins to fall in love with her. He allows himself to hope that one day she might feel something for him in return–but is that the right thing to hope for? The Girl with the Frozen Heart is a tale of a different kind of Awakening—one with heart-wrenching consequences. A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers) Sometimes, an Awakenings story is about magical schools or aliens. Sometimes, however, it can take the form of a star-crossed romance–and when we read Y.M. Pang’s story, we had to have it. A quiet historical fantasy setting combines with a lonely, awkward blacksmith and a lonely, aloof outsider to weave a story of first love […]

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Tue, 07 Aug 2018 09:55:33 +0000
Women to Read: August 2018

Women To Read is a monthly column from A.C. Wise highlighting female authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work. Welcome to another Women to Read! This time around, I have two novels and two short stories to add to your summer reading list. Pull up a beach blanket or a porch swing, pour yourself a cool drink, and dive in. Is it really possible I’ve never recommended Maria Dahvana Headley’s work in all my years writing this series? I adore her writing, so assumed I’d covered it, but it seems I have not. Time to rectify that! Maria Dahvana Headley is a multiply-award-nominated, best-selling author. There are many starting places I could recommend, but my choice is her latest novel, The Mere Wife  which–as of this writing–may well be my favorite. The simplest description of The Mere Wife is that it is a modern re-imagining of the legend of Beowulf, focused primarily on the women by expanding and exploring their roles. Through the lens of the legend, Headley delivers a powerful story about what happens to veterans when they come home from war; about different kinds of love and how they can uplift you or […]

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Accelerants: Lena Wilson on Inspirations & Influences

“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. A few days ago we released Accelerants by Lena Wilson, a fantastic new novella in our Novella Initiative. We are delighted to host the author here today talking about the Inspirations and Influences behind it. When I first wrote Accelerants in my Smith College dorm room during the sweltering summer of 2014, I had just finished an intensive round of exposure therapy for my phobia of vomiting. The experience, though ultimately helpful, was (and still is) one of the strangest of my life—a kind of measured torture that led a crooked path to healing through hurt. Here’s an excerpt from my journal at the time: I had a weird, existential moment leaving the hospital for the second time that day—but in a good way. I thought about how the dude next to me on his laptop at Starbucks had no idea that the girl sitting next to him was going through a very intense and special therapy, or that […]

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    Однако прежде чем Эдмонд успевает сделать заявление, роскошный прием превращается в хаос. Лэнгдону и директору музея, красавице Амбре Видаль, чудом удается бежать.
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    Дэн Браун - известнейший американский писатель, названный одним из 100 самых влиятельных людей мира по версии журнала "Time". Его книги переведены на 56 языков, а их суммарный тираж составил более 200 миллионов экземпляров.
    Мировую славу Дэну Брауну принесла серия романов о профессоре-криптологе Роберте Лэнгдоне, лучшем в мире специалисте по разгадке кодов, шифров и символов. "Код да Винчи", "Ангелы и демоны", "Инферно" - все эти книги стали бестселлерами №1, а также легли в основу одноименных фильмов, главную роль в которых исполнил неподражаемый Том Хэнкс.
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