Author Archives: Amal El-Mohtar

Rich and Strange: “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander

This week’s Rich and Strange looks at a blazing, fast-paced, relentless sort of story by Brooke Bolander: “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead,” published this month in Lightspeed magazine. In the far-future there are fully synthetic humans … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “Tiger Baby” by JY Yang

This week’s story, from the ever-superb Lackington’s, glances against the Lunar New Year, so I’m very glad my review of it appears today! Please also note the absolutely gorgeous artwork accompanying it, by Likhain. The story is mostly slice-of-life, the stylized … Continue reading

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Review: TOUCH by Claire North

My review of Claire North’s utterly brilliant Touch is up at NPR Books. [T]his book…is about entities who can inhabit and move through human bodies with only the faintest of skin-to-skin contact, and whose hosts have no memory of the time … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “In Loco Parentis” by Andrea Phillips

January was full of settling back in to life in Canada — or rather, figuring out ways to navigate remaining thoroughly UN-settled, as my life has been such that I’ve still not found time to unpack my suitcases — and … Continue reading

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2014 Award Eligibility – Short Fiction and Goblin Fruit

Last year was the first year I made a living from writing: a mix of reviews, articles, games, poetry and fiction. It still feels pretty incredible. I had four short stories appear in 2014. Here they are: “Mon pays c’est l’hiver,” Lackington’s … Continue reading

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Some Reading Recommendations for 2015 Award Consideration

I read A LOT of stuff last year. I’m still trying to sort through it to figure out what I loved best. Here, while I try to figure that out, are links to a bunch of reviews I did and … Continue reading

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Rocket Talk + Fulcrum Interview

A couple of weeks ago, at Justin Landon’s invitation, I had a long, rambly, hilarious, intense conversation with him and Natalie Luhrs over Ethics in Literary Journalism (for real). Justin Landon is, however, an absolutely brilliant curator of people’s speech, … Continue reading

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“The Truth About Owls” Reprinted at Strange Horizons

I’ve been bursting with this for a while: “The Truth About Owls,” my story in Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, has been reprinted in Strange Horizons. There’s also an interview with Kaleidoscope editors Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios, and you can also listen … Continue reading

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With Apologies to Rabbie Burns

Once upon a time, lo these many years ago, CSE Cooney and I were on the phone, chattering. I said something which led to her talking about DANGER and LUVE and I said “My Luve is like a bloody rose!” To which she replied, “That’s … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “The Boatman’s Cure” by Sonya Taaffe

Happy New Year, and welcome back to Rich and Strange! I took a bit of a break over the holidays — in order to, among other things, move back to Ottawa from Glasgow — but the series is back, and the … Continue reading

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