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The finalists for the World Fantasy Awards we're recently announced. Not that surprising of a list, though I was pleasantly surprised by The Orphan's Tale's inclusion, I enjoy Valente's work and I'm glad to see her get recognition.

This year's finalists are pretty gender diverse in the novel category but get a whole lot less diverse in the other categories. Also, unfortunately, the judges are all men.

I've read all the novels and novellas but few of the short fiction and none of the anthologies surprisingly enough, I'll have to remedy that. I have, however, read all but one of the collections.
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Vericon, and other cons, continuing to honor Orson Scott Card is probably one of the most blatant examples of hetero-priviledge I can currently find in SF, and I can probably find quite a bit. Orson Scott Card has been incredibly blatant in his hatred of gays, and to think his fiction is pure of that hatred is foolish. Thinking that you can separate a man's political views from his fiction is atrocious.

Continuing to support Orson Scott Card is hetero-priviledge pure and simple and folks shouldn't pretend otherwise. If he had said a 10th of what he has said about gay people directed towards a racial or ethnic minority he would be ostracized from SF.

If there is any justice hrsfa will will denounced by Harvard's gay and lesbian associations and made to regret having Card as their guest of honor.
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Recently I’ve been thinking about what I like to read. That leads me to a thread of books that are all similar in some ways, but not all involving the fantastic, that I send most of my fiction time reading (and a good chunk of my non-fiction reading bleeds into). This process makes me realize I throw a lot of terms around so this post is designed to figure out what I mean by those categories.
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Occult detective stories, that subgenre between detective (and other mystery subgenres) and fantasy (contemporary/urban flavor) is something I enjoy reading quite a bit. Probably no big surprise to most of the folks who read this journal.

I’m trying to get together a list, to figure out what I like and what I need to read. Feel free to add anything I might be missing:
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I believe (and I think it's central to the kind of books I have written, and I'd hazard it's true of many of the readers of my fellow interlocutors's work) that the appeal of a Secret History is universal, not necessarily because it promises to tell a secret; rather because it offers an alternative to the usual story we have to live with all day every day. Conspiracy addicts want a different story that's the real story; readers of secret histories just want something different, topsy-turvy, reversed or bottom-up.

John Crowley

Great round table discussion with John Crowley, Tim Powers, James Morrow and Jeffrey Ford on Eos Books about secret histories. The first two parts are up and I can't wait to see more.


Nov. 16th, 2006 02:59 pm
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This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.
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Very straightforward list with few unexpected books there.
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Why did no one tell me Christoper Nolan is directing an adapataion of Christopher Priest's The Prestige? And that Christian Bale is in it.


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