Monthly Archives: April 2017

Hugo-Nominee: The Jewel and her Lapidary

Fran Wilde’s “The Jewel and her Lapidary” has oodles of potential. From an intricate magic system, political machinations, the ending of an era, some pretty good cover art… This story has everything going for it. So I’m just a tad … Continue reading

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The Christian, Hate, and Creativity

A good friend of mine (stolen from me to be a Dominican by God, the selfish deity…) has made some comments in a private setting about the hate he sees among the conservative and traditionalist Christian community. Anyone who isn’t … Continue reading

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Hugo-Nominee: The Tomato Thief

I’m somewhat biased against the Hugo awards. My own reintroduction to science-fiction and fantasy in the past few years was by means of the various puppy campaigns (wikipedia, infogalactic). I skew, on paper, heavily conservative (well, integralist…), so I’m a … Continue reading

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Hugo-Nominee: Touring with the Alien

Continuing on with the 2017 Hugo Nominated Novelettes, we have “Touring with the Alien” by Carolyn Ives Gilman, published in the April 2016 issues of Clarkesworld. My main focus is on some undergirding philosophical issues. Jon Mollison has some commentary … Continue reading

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Hugo-Nominee: You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay

So, Jon Mollison, who seems an all-around awesome guy, and who’s Sudden Rescue I’m very much looking forward to reading, is taking one for the team and attempting to go through the Hugo-Nominated Novelettes for this year. Since I’m trying … Continue reading

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Reading Roundup: Mid-April

I’m going to keep a log of what I’m reading and my opinions of it. This is firstly to get me thinking about what I’m reading, find out what I like and what works, and then let that inspire my … Continue reading

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Survivor and Cultural Control

I’m an off and on Survivor fan. It’s one of the mainstays of my family so I’m more often than not along for the ride. Recent self-imposed writing commitments have kept me from the show, though, so I only caught … Continue reading

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