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  • 8.21.17 ‘The extent to which you do not see racism does not negate its existence’

    8/21/17

    Not that this is the definitive answer to any of what is going on in our country today, but I wanted to preserve and share this particular exchange I had on Facebook recently with someone who’d replied to a post a friend shared. Yes, I succumbed to a bit of “somebody on the internet is wrong!” reaction, but sometimes it’s just hard to ignore.
    The original post/story that was shared is here.
    The comment that was made was this, verbatim:
    I don’t usually post when I disagree. It’s your page and folks generally just don’t want to hear anything but ... continue

  • 7.27.17 ‘Eyes forward, and beyond’: How to parse the attack on trans military

    7/27/17


    The attempt to ban transgender people from the military is not to be ignored. But as with anything this administration does, it’s important to think about the why, the why now, and the underlying motive.
    As we all know, one key MO for this administration is to obfuscate and throw up shiny objects in the hopes of distracting. When something isn’t going their way, out comes a searingly incoherent tweet, or a firing, or — in this case — a completely random blast at a vulnerable group close to the opposition’s platform hearts.
    I can’t fathom the minds that ... continue

  • 7.26.17 Read my story ‘The Visitors’ in the new issue of Fantasia Divinity

    7/26/17

    Huzzah! My story, “The Visitors,” can now be read at Fantasia Divinity, as part of their July 2017 issue. Thanks to editor Madeline Stout, who saw the beauty in the tale.
    A sample:
    Tales tumbled from Ma’s mouth like ripe fruit from a summer tree. She would pierce each one open with her voice, sending words flowing like juice, and me there to drink in every drop. I received my sweet portion at bedtime as part of the tuck-in ritual, but I had to wait in the near-dark, burrowed and warm under one of her misshapen crocheted throws until she ... continue

  • Confluence (Parsec) 2017

    7/16/17

    Friday, August 4
    6 p.m.
    Superhero movies: Why hasn’t the bubble burst?
    Commonwealth East
    JL Gribble (moderator), Timothy Liebe, Randee Dawn, Dame Dahlia
    “Star Wars” initiated a series of Hollywood sf films, and “Halloween” started a craze for slasher films. But in the end, the bubble burst. We’re saturated with superhero movies, television series, and novels. Why hasn’t the bubble burst? Will it burst in the near future?
    7 p.m.
    Animal Characters in Fantasy Stories
    Commonwealth East
    Frederic S. Durbin (moderator), Susan Dexter, Elektra Hammond, Mary Soon Lee, Randee Dawn
    Animals and mythical creatures play an important role in fantasy, ... continue

  • 7.08.17 Flashback! Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman talk Readercon (1994): ‘It’s like Brigadoon!’

    7/07/17

    In 1994, I had my first brush with science fiction/fantasy conventions when The Boston Phoenix asked me to interview Ursula K. LeGuin, who was to be the Guest of Honor (along with Terri Windling) at the 7th annual Readercon. At that time, I still had an image in my head that SFF conventions were all Spock ears and geekery — I didn’t know there was a whole other side to fandom, or that geekery would one day be my way of life, or that one day I’d be on panels and reading at Readercon myself. In order to flesh out ... continue

  • 7.08.17 Flashback! Ursula K. LeGuin, ahead of 1994’s Readercon: ‘I just always made things out of words’

    7/07/17

    In 1994, I had my first brush with science fiction/fantasy conventions when The Boston Phoenix asked me to interview Ursula K. LeGuin, who was to be the Guest of Honor (along with Terri Windling) at the 7th annual Readercon. At that time, I still had an image in my head that SFF conventions were all Spock ears and geekery — I didn’t know there was a whole other side to fandom, or that geekery would one day be my way of life, or that one day I’d be on panels and reading at Readercon myself.

    All of that is ... continue

  • 7.03.16 Black Gate Magazine: ‘Strong hints of sinister goings-on’

    7/03/17

    A little follow-up on Wiscon: I was lucky to be included in a reading with one of my favorite writers, C.S.E. Cooney, and got to meet some terrific other writers in that group — Jeanine Marie Vaughn and S. Brackett Robertson. Well, it turned out we had Black Gate Magazine’s John O’Neill in the room, and he wrote up his experiences at the con, including a breakdown of each of our stories.
    He was so kind about my story, “Can’t Find My Way Home” (which will be out later this year in Children of a Different Sky)! I apparently really ... continue

  • Readercon 2017

    6/30/17

    Readercon, which bills itself as “the conference on imaginative literature,” is meeting for the 28th time in Massachusetts from July 13-16 and I will definitely be there!
    If you’re planning to attend, please say hello and come to find me at these readings and panels:
    Thursday, July 13
    8:00 p.m.
    Salon A
    Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
    With me, Susan Matthews, LJ Cohen, Tracy Townsend and others!
    Broad Universe is an international organization supporting women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Members of the group will read short excerpts from their work. Each writer has just a few ... continue

  • 6.29.17 Just where does ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ think it’s going?

    6/29/17

    The Handmaid’s Tale is over on Hulu, at least for this season, and I have questions.
    Allow me to preface by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this rendition, which makes up for the rushed and too-surfacy 1989 film take on Margaret Atwood’s seminal 1985 book about what happens when a nation collectively loses its mind after babies cease to be born (or born well) and religious zealots take over.
    But, you know, questions.
    When a story is contained in a book, you ask a little less sometimes – authors naturally elide over some specifics, because they aren’t writing an encyclopedia or ... continue

  • 6.18.17 On poker, ghost dads and fashioning your own father figures

    6/19/17

    Here is possibly my most enduring memory of my father:
    We are sitting around the kitchen table in the house I lived in from around age 8 until age 11 – the one that’s fixed in my long-term memory as The House. Everyone has a Memory House; it’s the one our imagination goes to when we’re reading a book and someone talks about a house and then there we are back in it, our living rooms and dining rooms and bedrooms standing in as sets for the house the author has already carefully described for us, but we can’t help ... continue