Science Fiction & Fantasy

Dragon Coast by Greg van Eekhout

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Artist Showcase

Artist Showcase: Reiko Murakami

Reiko Murakami was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1982. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She works as a concept artist and illustrator specializing in surreal fantasy and horror characters. Her website is www.reikomurakami.com.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Sam J. Miller

There’s an estimated eighteen million empty homes in this country — and an estimated three million homeless households. (That means every homeless family could have six homes!) Because property rights trump human rights in this country — they always have, going back to when human beings were property. But the banks aren’t dumb, and they’ll put a lot of resources into keeping their buildings in good shape — I just started thinking about what that would look like in a more magical world.

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Author Spotlight: Vylar Kaftan

I hoped people would see that despite the way humanity repeats the same damn mistakes over and over . . . we do make progress. A little, even when it seems hopeless. And that the best way to handle the utter chaos of the bigger world around us is to remember to love and connect to each other. Those deep connections are intensely meaningful.

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Book Reviews: August 2015

This month, Sunil Patel takes a look at novels from Wesley Chu, N.K. Jemisin, Ken Liu, and Daniel José Older, and gives you the real scoop on what to read.

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Author Spotlight: Ursula Pflug

The story isn’t literal truth — it’s a fantastical quest inspired by the feel of New Orleans and my memories of Mardi Gras. When writing semi­autobiographical fiction, I tell students, there’s a point where you change everyone’s names, appearances, and styles of dress, and they start to behave in ways that are divergent from the people who inspired them, and have undreamed of adventures.

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Author Spotlight: Sarah Pinsker

I’ve always had vivid and strange dreams that don’t map well to interpretation. I’m interested in the idea that dreams are the brain’s way of working out something that is going on in the present by applying past experiences. That makes more sense to me than the idea that a dream of a wind-up toy monster spitting sparks across a backdrop of Georgia O’Keeffe skyscrapers would somehow mean the same thing to everyone.

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Interview: Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro is a British author and winner of the Booker Prize for his novel THE REMAINS OF THE DAY (1989), which was later adapted into a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. He has also published the dystopian science fiction novel NEVER LET ME GO (2005), which was adapted by screenwriter Alex Garland into a film starring Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. He has recently published THE BURIED GIANT, a fantasy novel set in a semi-historical Britain ruled by King Arthur.

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Author Spotlight: Genevieve Valentine

The relationships between women in folklore seem sadly mapped over the myth of exceptionalism we see so often today — one woman’s the fairest or the kindest, and the others are wicked and cruel. You see so many news stories about how a woman is “the next X” (a replacement for that one elusive position) or a headline with a “vs.” in it, like just having two women existing at the same time means they’re in a standoff.

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Author Spotlight: Vandana Singh

I’ve always been interested in themes of home and family, since I have spent so much time apart from the place and the people who formed me. I am also well aware of the Indian colonial legacy from 200 years of British rule, and how it shapes us today. As an accidental Indian expatriate living in America, the notion of otherness fascinates me — how we humans distance each other and then attempt to build bridges of connection.

Editorial

Editorial, August 2015

Be sure to check out the Editorial for all our news and updates, as well as a rundown on this month’s contents.