Author Archives: Amal El-Mohtar

Lightspeed Column: THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER and THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES

The September issue of Lightspeed magazine contains, among many other fine things, a column in which I review Theodora Goss’ The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter and Catherynne M. Valente’s The Refrigerator Monologues. These books make a beautiful double bill, and reading … Continue reading

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Storyological “Pocket” Interview

Some people make art of the interview process. Chris Kammerud and EG Cosh are two such people. I first became aware of the Storyological podcast when Chris and EG discussed my story “Pockets” in their sixth episode. I listened out of … Continue reading

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Middle, Holding Flowers: Homecoming with Hugo

Before anything else, I need to talk about my family. It was the last night of Worldcon. I’d retreated from the dead dog party in search of sleep. In order to travel home from Helsinki, I needed to wake up … Continue reading

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NPR Review: THE STONE SKY by N. K. Jemisin

I’m still in the process of assembling something like All the News of All the Things that have happened over the first two weeks of this month, and fully intend for those to go up starting Monday — but this … Continue reading

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Upcoming Travel: Sweden & Helsinki Schedules

Well, tomorrow’s the first of August. On Wednesday evening I embark on about two weeks of travel through Sweden and Finland. Here’s where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing there! Uppsala, Aug 4-6: Reception Histories of the Future: A Conference … Continue reading

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“Seasons of Glass and Iron” Wins the Locus Award

I am not super great at keeping up with calendrical time. I was convinced the Locus Award ceremony was happening on Saturday night. This was correct. The problem was that I had slipped into believing that yesterday was Friday, not … Continue reading

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Reviews: AMBERLOUGH, RIVER OF TEETH, MORMAMA, THE CHANGELING

It’s been a while! As I try to line up my notes about all the beautiful things that happened in May, here’s a bouquet of reviews that went up recently. Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly for Lightspeed: As the present US … Continue reading

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Comprehensively Distinct, or, I PASSED MY COMPS I PASSED THEM

Here’s what you need to understand. I’d been having a very stressful week. Worry over performing well in the oral component of my exams was overshadowed by worry for my family and the intense flooding in Gatineau (though house is holding … Continue reading

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NPR Review: THE PEARL THIEF by Elizabeth Wein

My review of Elizabeth Wein’s The Pearl Thief — a prequel to her 2012 novel Code Name Verity — is up at NPR Books! I can’t remember who first told me about this on Twitter (was it you, Emily Wagner? I think … Continue reading

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Lightspeed Reprint + Uncanny Podcast Reading

It’s a new month, and with it come new issues of Lightspeed and Uncanny magazines! Lightspeed has reprinted a short story of mine called “Weialalaleia,” about airborne grief-eating leeches, which first appeared in Ann VanderMeer’s Bestiary anthology. It’ll be online on the 23rd, … Continue reading

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