A Working Model for Superhero Films: A Review of Wonder Woman

Without a doubt, Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman is the very best of the recent “DC Extended Universe” superhero films – yet the praise doesn’t mean as much as it should, inasmuch as its undistinguished precursors – Man of Steel (2013 – review here), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016 – review here), and Suicide Squad (2016 – review here) – set the bar very low, to put it mildly.

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Caught in a Web of Wonder: Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is bitten by a radioactive spider and then develops superhuman abilities. Struggling to control and understand his powers, he returns to the underground site where he was bitten. He stumbles upon Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) and his lackeys hatching a diabolical plan. Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Chris Pine) shows up to stop Kingpin and when he runs into Miles he realizes that Miles is “just like ...Read More “Caught in a Web of Wonder: Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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“No One Stays Good in This World”: A Review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Since debuting in 1938, Superman has confronted many imposing adversaries, including Lex Luthor – a formidable foe whether characterized as an obsessed bald scientist or scheming corporate tycoon; the alien computer Brainiac; Terra-Man, armed with an endless array of ingenious weapons; several Kryptonian supervillains who survived the destruction of their planet in the Phantom Zone; and the ancient Kryptonian monster Doomsday, who once succeeded in killing the Man of Steel.

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With Great Power Comes Great Fun: Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg Discuss Captain Marvel

It is the distant future: 1995. In this 21st installation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first female-led Marvel movie, Brie Larson plays Vers, a green blue-blooded member of the Kree, a technologically advanced race of aliens who value emotional control. Vers and her mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) lead a Starfleet Starforce secret mission against the Romulans Skrull, a shapeshifting race that has been at war with the Kree ...Read More “With Great Power Comes Great Fun: Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg Discuss Captain Marvel

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Leigh Bardugo: Radical Balance

LEIGH BARDUGO was born April 6, 1975 in Jerusalem, Israel, and grew up in Southern California. She attended Yale University, graduating with an English degree in 1997, and worked various jobs, including as a copywriter, journalist, and make-up and special effects artist.

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No Devils in the Deep Blue Sea: Gary Westfahl Reviews Aquaman

Yes, I will admit, I would have preferred to see fewer brutal fistfights accompanied by the amplified sound of crunching lettuce and more leisurely attention to the imaginative underwater environments that mostly serve as backdrops for the film’s incessant free-for-falls; and yes, the film would have benefited from some judicious editing to reduce its two-and-a-half hour length to two hours. But overall, Aquaman qualifies as a successful superhero film, persuasively ...Read More “No Devils in the Deep Blue Sea: Gary Westfahl Reviews Aquaman

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Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction: Lightspeed, BCS, Tor.com, and CSZ

Lightspeed 8/18, 9/18
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 9/18
Tor.com 7/19/18, 8/1/18
Cascadia Subduction Zone, Vol 8, No. 3

Lightspeed has reached its 100th issue! A proud milestone for any magazine, they celebrate in style this September with a more-than-double issue: ten stories plus extra reprints and interviews. It leads with a mythic SF story, “Her Monster, Whom She Loved” by Vylar Kaftan. In this story a goddess ...Read More “Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction: Lightspeed, BCS, Tor.com, and CSZ

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2018 Ignotus Winners

Winners for the 2018 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: Las estrellas son legión [The Stars Are Legion], Kameron Hurley (Alianza)
  • Fuego [The Fireman], Joe Hill (Nocturna)
  • La quinta estación [The Fifth Season], N.K. Jemisin (B)
  • Detrás de sus ojos [Behind Her Eyes], Sarah Pinborough (Alianza)
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2018 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • WINNER: The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams (Headline)
  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeannette Ng (Angry Robot)
  • The Court of Broken Knives, Anna Smith Spark (HarperVoyager)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • WINNER: The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel &
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2018 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Worldcon 76, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, on Sunday August 19, 2018 during a ceremony held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
  • Provenance, Ann
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Paul Di Filippo reviews Black Chamber by S.M. Stirling

Black Chamber, by S.M. Stirling (Ace 978-0-399-58623-1, $16, 400pp, trade paperback) July 2018

For the past twenty years, since the publication of Island in the Sea of Time in 1998, S. M. Stirling has been compounding an immense series of books that fall under the rubric “Novels of the Change.” But he has not focused exclusively on that series, issuing many other titles, standalone and otherwise, in that same ...Read More “Paul Di Filippo reviews Black Chamber by S.M. Stirling”

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2018 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeannette Ng (Angry Robot)
  • The Court of Broken Knives, Anna Smith Spark (HarperVoyager)
  • The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • The Boy
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2017 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the winners of the 2017 Nebula Awards at an awards banquet during the 52nd Annual Nebula Conference held May 19, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Marriott Center in Pittsburgh PA.

Novel

  • Winner: The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Spoonbenders,
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2018 Ignotus Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • Fuego [The Fireman], Joe Hill (Nocturna)
  • Las estrellas son legión [The Stars Are Legion], Kameron Hurley (Alianza)
  • La quinta estación [The Fifth Season], N.K. Jemisin (B)
  • Detrás de sus ojos [Behind Her Eyes], Sarah Pinborough (Alianza)
  • El
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2018 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by Worldcon 76, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA August 16-20, 2018. 1813 valid nominating ballots (1795 electronic and 18 paper) were received and counted from the members of Worldcon 75, Worldcon 76, and Dublin 2019. Nominating ...Read More “2018 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists”

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SF Short Fiction, 2017 by Rich Horton

How to view the state of the field now? SF (and fantasy) are in some sort of pop culture ascendance – the rapturous reception of The Last Jedi on the one hand, and Wonder Woman on another hand, and even The Shape of Water (a more ambitious film than the more popular pair I mentioned, and yet also an hommage of sorts to 1950s monster movies) is surely evidence of ...Read More “SF Short Fiction, 2017 by Rich Horton”

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2017 Nebula Awards Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have released the final ballot for the 2017 Nebula Awards.

Novel

  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
  • The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Autonomous
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2017 Cybils Awards Winners

Winners for the 2017 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest are listed below.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • WINNER: Scythe, Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Leigh Bardugo (Random House)
  • The Hearts We Sold, Emily Lloyd-Jones (Little, Brown)
  • The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, F.T. Lukens (Duet)
  • They Both Die at the End
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2017 Directory: Page 2

Books are original 2017 publications, except first-US editions of books that earlier appeared in the UK, Australia, or elsewhere (indicated by +).

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YA novels | Novellas & short fiction |
Collections | Anthologies Nonfiction & Art |
Media & Gaming Related Page 3
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New in Paperback
Classic Reprints Page 4
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2017 Cybils Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest are listed below:

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

  • Pashmina, Nidhi Chanani (First Second)
  • Where’s Halmoni?, Julie Kim (Little Bigfoot)
  • The Dam Keeper, Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi (First Second)
  • Suee and the Shadow, Ginger Ly & Molly Park (Abrams)

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

  • A Properly Unhaunted Place,
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Six Characters in Search of an Auteur: A Review of Justice League, by Gary Westfahl

Much to my surprise, I actually enjoyed watching Justice League, which can be appreciated as unpretentious fun, featuring likable characters and some moments of genuine humor. To be sure, it is not an ideal film, but the concept of bringing together popular superheroes to battle against common foes is appealing enough to overcome the recurring infelicities that have marred almost all of the recent films in the DC Extended ...Read More “Six Characters in Search of an Auteur: A Review of Justice League, by Gary Westfahl”

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