Issue 692 Table of Contents, September 2018

The September issue features interviews with Kelly Robson and Rebecca Roanhorse; obituaries for Michael Scott Rohan and Gerald M. Weinberg; a column by Cory Doctorow; the Hugo, Retro-Hugo, Mythopoeic, Chesley, and Sidewise awards winners; Worldcon & NASFiC Site Selection news; US and British Forthcoming Books; a spotlight on Jason Kirk of 47North; George R.R. Martin in Conversation with John Picacio; and reviews of short fiction and books by Sonya Taaffe, ...Read More

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Unevolved: Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg Discuss The Meg

Josh: So, about the title of this review. What do you think of, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat,” or is that too easy?

Arley: How about, “We’re gonna need a bigger shark.”

Josh: I was also thinking, “We’re gonna need a bigger beer.”

The Meg stars Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor, a diver whose rescue operation goes wrong due to an encounter with a mysterious creature, which scares him ...Read More

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Curtis Chen: Act Out

Curtis C. Chen (his middle name, Chih-Yu, is a phonetic spelling of his Chinese given name, 致宇) was born October 1, 1973 in Taiwan, and moved with his family to the US when he was five. They lived for one year in Cincinnati OH before settling in southern California. Chen attended Stanford and remained in the Bay Area after graduating in 1995, working as a software engineer at various companies, ...Read More

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Photo Story: 2018 Taos Toolbox

The 2018 Taos Toolbox workshop was held June 17-30, 2018, taught by Walter Jon Williams and Nancy Kress, with special guest lecturers George R.R. Martin, E.M. Tippetts, and Carrie Vaughn. Participants reenacted the sort of mass death scene familiar from so many of Mar­tin’s fantasy novels, and temporarily renamed Taos Toolbox to the “Red Workshop.”

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Martha Wells: Unburied Future

Martha Susan Wells was born September 1, 1964 in Fort Worth TX. She attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a BA in anthropology. She lives in College Station TX with her husband.

Her debut fantasy novel The Element of Fire (1993) began the Ile-Rien series, which includes The Death of the Necromancer (1998) and the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy The Wizard Hunters (2003), The Ships of Air (2004), and The ...Read More

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2018 BAME Short Story Prize Shortlist

The Guardian announced the shortlist for the third annual Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story prize, which offers “a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.” The six authors shortlisted are Savannah Burney, Jason Deelchand, Kit Fan, Gurnaik Johal, Yiming Ma, and Varaidzo, and include short stories of genre interest.

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Readercon 29 Report

Readercon 29 was held July 12-15, 2018, in Quincy MA. Guests of honor were Ken Liu and Nisi Shawl; E. Nesbit was the memorial guest of honor. There were an estimated 740 attendees over the entire weekend. The focus of Readercon is “imaginative literature” – literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their intersections. Programming was, as always, carefully organized and curated, with topics ranging from casual book-club style discussions to ...Read More

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Locus Awards Weekend

The Locus Awards were held June 22-24, 2018 at the Best Western Executive Inn in balmy Seattle for the thirteenth consecutive year. Connie Willis was MC, with Daryl Gregory presenting the awards. Willis and Yoon Ha Lee taught the Locus Writers workshops that book-ended the weekend. Attendance numbered 150. Events kicked off Friday with readings by Willis and Lee, followed by a Clarion West-hosted party in honor of first-week instructor ...Read More

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Because “Quantum!”: Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss Ant-Man and the Wasp

In this sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, convicted felon Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has only days remaining on his house arrest when he’s abducted by Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) because they believe he holds the key to rescuing Hope’s mother Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the quantum realm where she disappeared 30 years before.

Josh: Hi! What were your initial impressions of ...Read More

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Issue 691 Table of Contents, August 2018

The August issue features interviews with Martha Wells and Curtis Chen; appreciations for Harlan Ellison; obituaries for Eugene E. Olson and Clive King; a column by Kameron Hurley; the World Fantasy Award Finalists; the winners of the Campbell, Sturgeon, Clarke, Shirley Jackson, Gemmell, and Prometheus awards; convention reports from the Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon 29; reports on international SF in Scotland and China; and reviews of short fiction and ...Read More

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Take a Bao: Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg Discuss Incredibles 2

Before we can talk about Incredibles 2 we have to talk about Bao. This is the first Pixar short film directed by a woman, Chinese Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi. It centers on a Chinese mother with a case of empty nest syndrome. She gets a second chance at motherhood when one of the dumplings she makes comes to life as a baby boy.

Josh: Is that the official description? That’s ...Read More

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Fonda Lee: When the Alien Invaders Win

FONDA LEE was born March 10, 1979 in Calgary, Canada, where she grew up, and lived in Toronto and the San Francisco Bay Area before settling in Portland OR. Lee received an MBA from Stanford University, and worked as a management consultant and business strategist before leaving the corporate track to focus on her writing. She is also an experienced martial artist, with black belts in karate and kung fu. ...Read More

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WisCon 42 Report

WisCon 42 was held May 25-28, 2018 at the Concourse Hotel in balmy Madison WI, with Saladin Ahmed and Tananarive Due as guests of honor. 924 full memberships were sold, plus 71 single day memberships. Programming offered 140 panels, solo presentations, and roundtables, focused on SF/F literature, diversity, feminism, disability, criticism, and more. Other options included 19 reading slots with 68 authors, 23 writing workshops, 12 kids’ items, 10 gaming ...Read More

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Is An Unkillable Hero Worth Watching? Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 continues the zany adventures of a smart-ass, smart-mouth mutant mercenary (Ryan Reynolds) whose powers are superhuman regeneration, looking melted, and being meta. When a time-traveling soldier from the future (Josh Brolin) attempts to murder the young mutant Firefist (Julian Dennison), Deadpool is set on a path to redemption. Bonus points: he gathers a team of other heroes, including Domino (Zazie Beetz), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and Colossus ...Read More

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Fonda Lee Guest Post–“The Case for YA Science Fiction”

On a recent plane ride home from a major book festival, I ended up chatting with a woman next to me who had also been at the festival. “So, what do you write?” she asked, when she discovered I was an attending author. I reluctantly told her that I write science fiction and fantasy. “Oh, that explains why I didn’t see you on any panels this weekend,” she said. “I ...Read More

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Gardner Dozois (1947-2018)

Editor and author Gardner Dozois, 70, died May 27, 2018 at a Philadelphia PA hospital of a sudden overwhelming systemic infection. Dozois was involved in science fiction for over 50 years, and was easily one of the most influential editors in the modern era of the field.

Gardner Raymond Dozois was born July 23, 1947 in Salem MA. He published short fiction in the early ’60s, served as a military ...Read More

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2018 Williamson Lectureship

The 42nd Williamson Lectureship was held April 5-7, 2018, in Portales NM. The Lectureship, held to honor SF pioneer Jack Williamson, took place at Eastern NM University with casual gatherings around town. Santa Fe author S.M. Stirling, known for his Emberverse series and other alternate his­tory efforts, was the guest of honor, and Connie Willis served as toastmistress. The theme for the 2018 Lectureship was “Changes.” The event, often dubbed ...Read More

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Chinese SF New Year Gala

The third SF New Year Gala, a special online publication project organized by Future Affairs Administration (FAA), went viral over the Chinese New Year in February 2018. Twenty-one SF stories and artworks by distinctive SF writers and art­ists from China, Korea, and US were published daily on multiple major new-media publication platforms during February 5-25, receiving a total of 9.2 million views. A follow-up writer’s workshop took place in Beijing, ...Read More

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Flow, My Tears: Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg Discuss Avengers: Infinity War

So. Avengers.

Avengers: Infinity War is the first half of the third movie of a subseries (following 2012’s Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron) in the (currently) 19-movie Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, and that’s a lot to take in. Thanos, the big purple CGI baddie played by Josh Brolin, sows death and destruction across the galaxy in his quest to acquire all six Infinity Stones, objects of power which ...Read More

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2018 ICFA Report

The 39th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) took place March 14-18, 2018 at the Orlando Airport Marriot Hotel. The theme was ”200 Years of the Fantastic: Celebrating Franken­stein and Mary Shelley”. Academics, writers, publishers, editors, artists, students, independent scholars, and more participated, with about 457 people attending (down from 490 last year) and about 306 either presenting a paper or appearing on a panel (up from ...Read More

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Issue 688 Table of Contents, May 2018

The May issue features interviews with Nick Harkaway and Ada Palmer; appreciations for Peter Nicholls; obituaries for Philip Kerr, Ahmed Khalid Towfik, and David Bischoff; a column by Cory Doctorow; reports on ICFA, the 2018 Williamson Lectureship, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards, Norwescon 41, and The Outer Dark Symposium; the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retro Hugo ballots; the PKD, BSFA, Ditmar, Aurealis, and Kitschies Awards winners; ...Read More

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2018 Locus Awards Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2018 Locus Awards. Tickets are available now.

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings with Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Daniel Abraham, Clarion West ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker’s first professional sale was “20 Ways the Desert Could Kill You” in 2012. She followed that with the Sturgeon Award-winning “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind”, also her first Nebula Award-nominated story. She has since won the Nebula Award for novelette “Our Lady of the Open Road.” Her 40+ stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, F&SF, Lightspeed, and Uncanny, among others, and numerous anthologies. Her first collection, ...Read More

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SHH! Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss A Quiet Place

In this post-apocalyptic film, a couple raises their family while being stalked by blind monsters that hunt entirely by sound. Silence is the only defense, and any noise is fatal.

Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) and his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) hide out in a farmhouse with their deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and son Marcus (Noah Jupe), surviving by building soundproofed shelters, fishing in a nearby river, and scavenging in ...Read More

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FOGcon 2018 Report

The 2018 Friends of Genre convention (FOGcon 8) was held March 9-11 at the Walnut Creek Marriot in Walnut Creek CA. 190 memberships were sold, plus an additional 32 day passes. The theme was “Performance in SF&F”, with honored guests Andrea Hairston, Ada Palmer, and Thomas M. Disch (posthumously).

Programming included 74 participants and 55 slots, with panels on science, writing, publishing, literature, politics, and more, with titles such as ...Read More

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Wakanda Forever: Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg Discuss Black Panther

Wakanda! A land of secrets. This is the homeland of the Black Panther. It sits on the world’s largest deposit of the exotic element vibranium, which enables Wakandans to achieve fantastic technological heights beyond the rest of the world (Flying cars! Healing damaged spinal columns! Fingerprint-sized communication devices with global range! Maglev trains! Oh, and collapsible armor-piercing spears—which fire energy waves!). This technology also allows them to disguise the entire ...Read More

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Tananarive Due: Sense of Mission

Tananarive Priscilla Due was born January 5, 1966 in Tallahassee FL, daughter of civil rights lawyer John D. Due, Jr. and leading civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due. She grew up in Miami, and attended Northwestern Univer­sity’s Medill School of Journalism before getting her MA in English from Leeds University, where she studied Nigerian literature. She worked as a journalist for the Miami Herald after college, wrote full-time for 15 ...Read More

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StokerCon 2018 Report

StokerCon, sponsored by the Horror Writers Association, was held at the Biltmore in Providence RI, March 1-4, 2018. HWA president Lisa Morton said, “It’s hard to beat hundreds of horror-lovers huddled together in a suppos­edly haunted hotel while a Nor’easter rages outside.” Guests of honor were Ramsey Campbell, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Elizabeth Massie, Sam Weller, and Craig Engler; Jeff Strand was emcee. Morton said, “This was our third ...Read More

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Poul and Karen Anderson Memorial International Travel Fund

Astrid & Greg Bear have founded the Poul and Karen Anderson Memorial International Travel Fund, covering travel costs for one international student from outside North America to attend the Clarion West Six Week Summer Workshop. The recipient of the 2018 fund is Ted Mahsun from Ipoh, Malaysia. The travel fund will provide $1,000 annually for ten years and was established in honor of Astrid Bear’s parents.

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Harlem Ess-Eff Reading Series

The inaugural Harlem Ess-Eff reading series event, featuring Golden Baker and Erin Roberts, will take place April 9, 2018 at Silvana in New York City. Baker and Roberts are both graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

The reading series is hosted by Golden Baker. For more information on future events, see the Harlem Ess-Eff website.

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Jeff VanderMeer: Blur the Lines

Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer was born July 7, 1968 in Belfont PA, and grew up in the Fiji Islands (where his parents worked for the Peace Corps), Ithaca NY, and Gainesville FL, where he attended the University of Florida for three years. He went to Clarion in 1992.

VanderMeer’s first story of genre interest was “Night Prayers”, ap­pearing when he was in high school in 1986; early work also appeared in ...Read More

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