Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Sunday Links, February 23, 2014

Rupetta, a novel by N.A. Sulway, has won this year’s Tiptree Award. According to the Award Council, the Tiptree Award is given annually to “a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender roles . . . seek[ing] out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative and perhaps even infuriating.” Rupetta is currently available […]


Wednesday Moment of Zen: Shelley Jackson’s Snow Story

Snow, huh Good God, y’all What is it good for? Absolutely nothing Say it again With all due apologies to Edwin Starr, I think this is how a good two-thirds of the country feels right now. No, really, I do understand the actual geo-meteorological necessity for snow, and why we need cold temperatures and snowpack […]


Read and Be Well: The Novel Cure

I don’t care much for self-help books, but I love literature that masquerades as self-help—Sheila Heti’s genius title, How Should a Person Be?, or Sarah Bakewell’s wonderful How to Live (or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer). I don’t think novels, or even philosophical essays, are going to […]


Sunday Links, February 16, 2014

The winners of the 2014 Kitschie Awards have been announced. The finalists for the Aurealis Awards have been announced, celebrating Australian speculative fiction. Due the miracle of epublishing, a substantial number of these books are available to American audiences. How is one to define “sword and sorcery,” a subset of fantasy, for the unlucky folks […]


Sunday Links, February 9, 2014

The nominees for the Agatha Awards have been announced. These awards are for “traditional mysteries,” that is, mysteries with no explicit sex or excessive or gratuitous violence — mysteries like Agatha Christie wrote, where the puzzle is what matters. Left Coast Crime has announced the nominees for its mystery awards in various categories. Kirkus gives […]


Sunday Links, February 2, 2014

Sofia Samatar, the author of A Stranger in Olondria, has won the Crawford Memorial Award for best first fantasy novel, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. The finalists for the British Science Fiction Association Awards have been announced. The list this year goes beyond the usual white male complement, which […]