Tag: sf/fantasy

A Womb of One’s Own: Contemporary Feminist Dystopia

A Womb of One’s Own: Contemporary Feminist Dystopia

Feminist dystopias are having a moment. I can’t think of any reasons why. Many of them have to do with fertility and reproduction. Again, not sure why that would be a thing people would have nervous feelings about that they want to express through speculative fiction. These books often intersect issues of fertility with apocalyptic […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

I love it when I’m surprised by plot twists, and this week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick does just that. Kristin Kemper’s Sylvania opens on a young girl in a verdant forest at daybreak, rendered in soft earth tones and glowing sunrise pinks and oranges. Warm, dappled light filters through the leaves of the trees, and the girl looses […]

Reviews of the Week: Traci Chee, James Gleick, Anna Banks, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Traci Chee, James Gleick, Anna Banks, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 8 through August 12 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, August 8  Time Travel, by James Gleick Against Kingsley Amis’ skeptical […]

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2016 Hugo Award Finalists

2016 Hugo Award Finalists

Here come the 2016 Hugos! See the finalists for Best Novel below, linked to Booklist reviews when available. You can see the rest of the nominees here. Best Novel   Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie   The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, by Jim Butcher   The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin   Seveneves: […]

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Stories across Time: Iain Pears’ Arcadia
By February 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Stories across Time: Iain Pears’ Arcadia

A genre-blending, time-collapsing tour de force in which the power of narrative builds worlds and destroys them. Pears seems to love three-part harmony, though time, not music, is his medium of choice. In Stone’s Fall (2009) and The Dream of Scipio (2002), he weaved remarkably complex stories set in three different time periods that echoed one another, fugue-like, with […]

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Get Lost in the Heart of the Sea: 8 Wildly Different Nautical Fictions
By December 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Get Lost in the Heart of the Sea: 8 Wildly Different Nautical Fictions

For weeks, it’s been hard to turn on the TV without seeing a trailer for Ron Howard’s new movie, In the Heart of the Sea, which opens tomorrow. But what is it really about? Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s nonfiction In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (2000), the film tells the tale of […]

Awesome Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Reading List, Part 2
By October 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Awesome Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Reading List, Part 2

Last week, I wrote about presenting on a panel called “Awesome Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy” with fellow librarians at Geek Girl Con in Seattle. And on Tuesday, I wrote in detail about three of the titles I discussed. And now here are three more that I hope you’ll find worthwhile, whether for pleasure reading or […]

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Awesome Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Reading List, Part 1
By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Awesome Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Reading List, Part 1

In my previous post, I wrote about presenting on a panel called “Awesome Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy” with fellow librarians at Geek Girl Con in Seattle. For those of you who want to learn more about the titles I discussed, whether for pleasure reading or book-group selections, I’m including half of them here. Stay tuned […]

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Awesome Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy at Geek Girl Con
By October 20, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

Awesome Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy at Geek Girl Con

Recently, I was on a panel with five other librarians—Summer Hayes and Claire Scott from the Seattle Public Library; Jackie Parker from Sno-Isle Libraries; and Emily Calkins and Whitney Winn from King Country Library System—at Geek Girl Con in Seattle. Our panel was titled “Awesome Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy.” We had all been reading […]

The 2015 Hugo Awards (and No-Awards)
By August 24, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

The 2015 Hugo Awards (and No-Awards)

As has been well documented in the media, it’s been a turbulent and controversial year for the Hugo Awards. And when the winners were announced in Spokane, WA, this past Saturday, well—some of the awards had no winners. Why? Widespread unhappiness with the way the finalists had been selected triggered a surge in voting membership, with many […]

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