Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

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Book Reviews: May 2015

In this month’s installment of our Book Review column, Sunil Patel explores new novels from Delilah S. Dawson, Genevieve Valentine, Sabaa Tahir, and Andrea Phillips.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: R.C. Loenen-Ruiz

I believe that speculative fiction is not only about ideas or about technology, but is how society and people interact with ideas and with technology. Advancements in science change us, movements in society change and transform existing structures, conflict arises from these changes; how do we deal with these things? Do we become tougher? Do we become harder? How do we continue to hold fast to human connections in a world that dehumanizes so many of us?

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Author Spotlight: Seanan McGuire

My best friend lives in the Pacific Northwest, and all logical projections of sea level increase and weather pattern changes highlight it as one of the areas where things will remain very much the same — which is why they’re likely to get flooded by those of us not lucky enough to already live there. I much prefer Northern California, but we’re already toast.

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Interview: James Morrow

The Washington Post calls James Morrow the “Most provocative satiric voice in science fiction,” and The Denver Post has hailed him as “Christianity’s Salman Rushdie, only funnier and more sacrilegious.” His books include Towing Jehovah, Only Begotten Daughter, and Bible Stories for Adults. His latest book is called Galápagos Regained.

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Author Spotlight: Helena Bell

“A face like an imperfectly shaven tennis ball”: Many years ago a friend of mine sent me a link to something called “The Surrealist Compliment Generator” and that was one of the compliments. It stuck with me and eventually, somehow, in that sideways way the brain works, it managed to turn itself into a story about a girl whose body disassembled itself once a month.

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Author Spotlight: Annie Bellet

Looking at loosely realistic projections of what might happen if the moon exploded, I realized it was possible for the weather and oceans to be very volatile. The American South seemed like it would be a dangerous, but potentially still better-than-other-places location to live. And I liked the Mississippi river, since it is such a main artery for the USA. I could picture new settlements and old surviving cities returning to using shipping to get people and goods moved around.

Editorial

Editorial, May 2015

For a run-down of this month’s content and all our news and updates, be sure to read the Editorial.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Merrie Haskell

My parents were divorced when I was very young, and for a long time, I considered that rift in our family the central crisis of my life. I was fascinated with the process of falling in love and getting married and starting a family. I imagine lots of people are, and that’s why romance novels are so popular. I didn’t really believe in romantic love the way it was presented in stories. I spent a lot of time wondering if an arranged marriage (sort of epitomized by Beauty and the Beast) was better than marrying for love.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: C.C. Finlay

We need more inclusiveness and representation in genre fiction as an accurate reflection of our world, not just as it is now, but the way it’s been and the way it’s going to be. Fighting against inclusiveness not only puts you on the wrong side of history, it also puts you on the wrong side of wrong.

Artist Showcase

Artist Showcase: Elena Bespalova

Elena Bespalova was born in 1986 in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from the 1905 Memorial Moscow College of Art. She has worked as a lead character artist for the fantasy MMORPG Allods Online. She is currently working on various freelance projects and a graphic novel. She lives and works in Moscow, Russia. Visit hellstern.deviantart.com to learn more.