Worldcon Thoughts After Sasquan: Next Year in Kansas City

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Next year in Kansas City, we will be hosting Worldcon (“we” meaning we Missourians, not me personally, as I am a minor player at best in this drama). I am thrilled and excited to finally be in a place in my life where I can participate in person instead of through my endless babblings on line. Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch the Hugo Awards 2015, and I have opinions. I started to write them as a Facebook post, then decided to move them here: My more coherent (daylight) thoughts on the Hugos: The puppies got…

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Today’s Dance: If I had a Time Machine I would Time Travel to…

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Many of us, especially fans of science fiction, fantasy, and historical romance, have fantasized about going back in time to an earlier era and living our lives in that very different world. Some of us imagine ourselves explorers, or great lords and ladies, or soldiers in a just war, or hardy pioneers making a go of it in a new land. We imagine ourselves armed with our advanced knowledge and our prescience about world events that give us a welcome unfair advantage among those whose time we have invaded. We ignore details such as lack of vaccinations, indoor plumbing, and…

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The Joy of Science Fiction

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[amazon_link id=”006051275X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ][/amazon_link]When I was a little girl in the 1970s, I discovered science fiction through fantasy. I started with the Hobbit, and then found a few dusty paperbacks to stretch my wings on: Battle for the Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulin, Andre Norton’s Breed to Come, and then worked my way through the Heinlein juveniles and the Robot series by Asimov. I discovered Madeline L’Engle and Ursula LeGuin and discovered that women wrote science fiction too (I had no idea Andre Norton was a woman). I watched every Star Trek rerun I could get…

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Review: Hawk and Fisher are a Haven for Fantasy and Noir Fans

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Simon R. Green writes tight, fast paced, carefully plotted fiction that treats both its readers and characters as three dimensional human beings. The Adventures of Hawk and Fisher as written in Guards of Haven and Swords of Haven are actually a total of six wonderful novella length noirs set in a fantasy universe. Each story starts with a detailed account of how miserable a city Haven is, especially the Northend, where Captains Hawk and Fisher of the city Guard patrol. Green carefully describes each character, with Hawk a tall, wiry man in his early thirties beginning to ‘build a belly’,…

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