Author Archives: Amal El-Mohtar

Writing the Margins from the Centre and Other Moral Geometries

This blog post is written in fulfilment of a Kickstarter reward claimed during Uncanny Magazine‘s Year One Kickstarter (with apologies for the delay, as the Year Two Kickstarter is presently underway, about which more later!) I was asked to write about the following: How can … Continue reading

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Down and Safe: Episode 7 – The One With the Gorn

It’s a Down and Safe week! Woo! In the seventh episode of Down and Safe, Michael, Liz, Scott, and Amal discuss “Duel,” the seventh episode of Blake’s 7, and manage to get through at least fifteen seconds before they mention “Arena,” … Continue reading

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Down and Safe: Episode 6 – Bad Oregon Trail Players

Yesterday saw the release of a new episode of Down and Safe, the podcast where Liz Myles, Scott Lynch, Michael Thomas and I talk about each episode of Blake’s 7. This week we look at “Mission to Destiny.” In the sixth episode … Continue reading

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“The Truth About Owls” Translated to Arabic

To my surprise and delight, a kind fellow named Salman Zaid wrote to me asking for permission to share his Arabic translation of “The Truth About Owls.” I’m bowled over and honoured to grant that permission. My father, Oussama El-Mohtar — who has … Continue reading

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Reviews and Reprints: FOULSHAM and IMAGINARIUM 4

Some bits and bobs as I try to catch up on all the things. First, my review of Edward Carey’s Foulsham — the second book in his Iremonger Trilogy, following the brilliant Heap House — went up at NPR Books last week, and I had … Continue reading

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Nijmi – 1999-2015

Last night I said goodbye to Nijmi, the cat who’s been with me for 16 years, just over half my life. She was, objectively speaking, the best of all possible cats. She was the softest, the sweetest, the kindest. She … Continue reading

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Down and Safe: Episode 5 – Buzzy the Robot That Tried

Thursday came and went without me announcing that a new episode of Down and Safe is live! It’s our fifth episode, in which we look at S1E6 of Blake’s 7: “Seek-Locate-Destroy.” I swoon over Servalan and brood disapprovingly over Travis. Also listening back I … Continue reading

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NPR Review: LAGOON by Nnedi Okorafor

My review of Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon went up this morning. Here’s a bit of it: Lagoon absolutely teems with characters, perspectives, and Englishes. Everything about it is diverse and varied: In structure it feels part oral tradition, part theater, part screenplay, … Continue reading

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Reviews: NPR, LA Times, CSZ

Readercon was a whirlwind! After a day on the road car-conning back to Ottawa, I’m home-ish, catching up on correspondence and things that need announcing before I can even begin to process what an incredible, beautiful, excellent weekend it was. … Continue reading

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 5

I’m very happy to see Uncanny Magazine‘s Issue #5 arrive today, bringing with it exceptional essays, stories and poems. Thus far I’ve only read Sofia Samatar’s “Writing Queerly: Three Snapshots” and Mary Robinette Kowal’s “The Midnight Hour” but both are utterly … Continue reading

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