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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 do so. My father, Oussama El-Mohtar — who has a … 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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NPR Reviews: THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS and SHADOWSHAPER

A couple of reviews of mine have gone up on NPR Books recently! Here are snippets from them. First, Jo Walton’s The Philosopher Kings, the second book in her Thessaly sequence, following The Just City. Jo Walton’s The Just City, which came out … Continue reading

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CONvergence 2016: Guest(s) of Hono(u)r!

Well, Michael Lee declares it to be in print and therefore a thing that can be told: I’ll be one of the Guests of Honour at CONvergence in Minneapolis next year, along with Christopher Jones, Mark Oshiro, and Joseph Scrimshaw! … Continue reading

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