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Empire, Empathy, and Identity

Empire, Empathy, and Identity

MORE THAN ANYTHING, Dr. Andrea Hairston’s collection from Aqueduct Press reflects the force and influence of narrative, even cheesy narratives. Through her essays, her Guest of Honor speech at WisCo...

Viral Murders

Viral Murders

I STARTED READING Broken Monsters the night before leaving on a 10-day trip that encompassed two weddings and three cities. I enjoyed this trip greatly, but I spent a significant amount of time wishin...

The Shock of the New Normal

The Shock of the New Normal

YOU CAN DEFINITELY get there from here.  The near-future setting of Tobias Buckell’s latest novel is heart-stabbingly plausible: drowned islands and displaced populations, ramped-up storms raging f...

Bright Home, Dark Heart

Bright Home, Dark Heart

THERE IS A tendency when evaluating fantasy to focus on the trappings: whether these are fire-breathing dragons, elaborate magic systems, or the (often inevitable) large-scale battles. Sometimes the t...

Vampire Socials

Vampire Socials

AT HIS INCEPTION, the vampire was a solitary figure. Typically the occupant of sprawling gothic ruins atop a desolate mountain, he was pallid, fanged, and obviously monstrous, occasionally distinguish...