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97 Let’s Stop Overlooking SFF in Translation
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You’ve seen the list of the finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards, and it’s a good selection, this year. What excited me the most about it? The fact that for the third year in a row, a work of speculative fiction in translation (SFT) has made it into the finals round—th...

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96 The “True Nature of the Force” is Way More Complicated Than You Think
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This is an updated version of an article that ran in 2012.

It started off pretty simple—there was a young man who wanted to become an agent of good, like his father before him. He would use a mystical energy known as “the Force” to become powerful enough to defeat darkness. Once he did, the universe would be restored to its balanced state, f...

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93 Watch the First Trailer for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger
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Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for Cloak & Dagger, the television series coming to Freeform about the two teenagers who will become the eponymous crimefighting duo. But for now they’re just dancer Tandy and basketball player Tyrone, linked by a mysterious accident in their childhoods—which they don’t remember until th...

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85 Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device by James Aquilone
Pandemonium: a twilight dimension of nightmare creatures, mythical beings, the undead, and everything in between. To Dead Jack™, it’s hell sweet hell. In the first book of the series, the tortured, drug-addicted detective stumbles upon his most dangerous case yet, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can the zombie P.I. and… www.sffworld.com/2017/04/de...
78 Hackers, Amusement Parks, and Activism: Where to Start with Cory Doctorow
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The first novel by Cory Doctorow I read, some time in the early 2000s, was Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. I read it, believe it or not, on a PalmPilot. I’m not bringing this up because that was Singularity-level technology for me at the time (even though it was!) but rather to illustrate just one of the reasons why Doctorow gained a loyal fan base ea...

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74 Triple Threat: Andre Norton’s Three Against the Witch World
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As I carry on with my reread of the Witch World books, I’ve come to realize that I don’t remember the plots of these books at all. I remember the characters. I remember who pairs up with whom. But the details of What Happened? Total blank. So it’s been like reading completely new books inhabited by characters I remember more or less clearly, b...

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97 CLIFI review: NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
It’s no denying I’m a KSR fanboy. It’s also no denying I avidly share the same concerns as so many: climate change, rising inequality, the grip of finance on global politics. So I really wanted to like this book. And I did – up unto the first 250 pages. The remaining 363, not so much.
As the cover and the title make clear, New York 2140 follows firmly in the line of Kim Stanley Robinson’s near future novels: there was Washington & climate change in the Science of the Capital trilogy, refurbishe... read more
96 No Fate But What We Make: The Magicians, “Ramifications”
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Please welcome back to the stage the great… Mayakovsky! He may be exiled to Antarctica, but Eliot, this week, refers to him as Earth’s greatest magician. One with a guilty conscience, a dark past, and a small arsenal of magical batteries.

Probably you see where this is going. But “Ramifications” takes the magicians’ stories in...

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96 The One Book That Made Me Believe In Female Heroes
Picnic on paradise

The first Joanna Russ story I read was “When It Changed,” her famous account of a colonised planet where the men all died, and the women have found a new way of living. It touched a longing in me—except the partner I saw beside me, in a world free of gender roles, was my boyfriend. Later, I backtracked and enjoyed the “Alyx” adventures: stylish sw...

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91 Indie Zone: Talking with Jason Parent - Sci-Fi and Scary
People of the sun