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Belated thoughts on the Hugo Awards 2016

The 2016 Hugo Awards for science fiction had their ceremony on 20th August. Last year I closely followed the awards, after reading news stories alleging that US conservatives were trying to keep women authors out of SF. This year I didn’t vote, but posted the video below on

[Review] The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill by Kelly Robson

Jessica slumped against the inside of the truck door. The girl behind the wheel […] kept stealing glances at her. Jessica ignored them, just like she tried to ignore the itchy pull and tug deep inside her, under her belly button, where the aliens were trying

[Review] Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang

Folding Beijing, a novelette published in Uncanny Magazine, depicts a fantastical future Beijing where the skyscrapers fold and unfold  like origami in a forty-eight-hour cycle. Each time the city folds, a new space is revealed, and its inhabitants begin their day. Five million enjoy the use of twenty-four hours and seventy-five

Hugo Nominations 2016: Best Short Story (Fantasy)?

The god gave his keys to my brother, but I knew it was a mistake. Keys are a woman’s domain. The Secrets of the Universe, a flash fiction by Kat Otis, is published today by Daily Science Fiction. It’s Renaissance fantasy, but executed with exceptional grace, polish

[Review] Damage, by David D. Levine

Greg from Rocket Stack Rank wrote in the comments on Lela E. Buis’ blog: Try “Damage” for a really bad story that actually got recommended by someone. How could I resist an invitation like that? And, yep, Damage is pretty bad. Although not the worst I’ve read this

[Review] The Hunger Tower by Pan Haitian

“My #1 candidate for the worst short SFF published in any professional venue in 2015” That’s how Greg at Rocket Stack Rank described Pan Haitian’s short story The Hunger Tower. I can’t say I disagree with him. This is a literary car crash. A monster truck

Hugo nominations 2016: Best Professional Artist?

Bastion is a new science fiction magazine publishing digitally on the first of every month… Their cover artist is Milan Jaram and every cover is absolutely gorgeous.  I love the striking images in intense shades of blue, orange, etc.  They’re dramatic and eye catching. They remind me,