Science Fiction & Fantasy

PERSONA by Genevieve Valentine




Interview: Ann Leckie

Ann Leckie is the author of ANCILLARY JUSTICE, one of last year’s most popular books. It won numerous awards, including the Hugo, the Nebula, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the British Science Fiction Association Award. A sequel, ANCILLARY SWORD, is out now. This interview first appeared on’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Will Kaufman

I sort of pictured the narrator as a bit of an extension of the wet gentleman himself. He gets some satisfaction from the fear, uncertainty, and suffering of the characters in his story, and the wet gentleman’s victory is his victory. All that bonhomie is part of his shtick. He’s the kind to get you to buy him a drink in a way that makes you think he’s doing you a favor.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: David Barr Kirtley

I have two themes that I seem to return to over and over. One is characters with good intentions who somehow find themselves having created a horrible mess and who are now seen as villains or monsters. The other is the idea that reality is not what we perceive it to be, that one day we’ll suddenly find that impossible things are happening to us, because we were ignorant of the bigger picture. Many of my favorite stories deal with that idea of upending reality.


Book Reviews: February 2015

This month, Sunil Patel reviews works by V.E. Schwab, Karen Lord, Greg van Eekhout, and duo Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith.

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Adam-Troy Castro

This was one of those very rare and very blessed cases of a story coming out in one writing session of less than two hours, though I gave it a second pass one day later; the deadline for the anthology in question was imminent, and I began composition knowing what I wanted the story to be like.

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Author Spotlight: Caroline Yoachim

I find psychology fascinating. How do people process sensory information? How do we react to adversity, or to opportunity? Which aspects of our lives are most important to our identity?

Artist Showcase

Artist Showcase: Julie Dillon

When given the choice, I definitely prefer to do something more hopeful overall. There is enough cynicism in the world as it is, and I want to try to make sure that I’m putting positive things out into the world instead of adding to the cynicism. When I do draw something darker or sadder or violent, I try to have a thematic or narrative purpose, and not make something dark just for the sake of being dark.

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Author Spotlight: Maria Davana Headley

I write a lot about love, of course, and it’s always about how damn complicated it is, whether between the parties in love, or between them and the world. I’m particularly interested in love between flawed equals. The main character in this story is hundreds, perhaps thousands of years old, and she’s been alone for much of that time, never meeting her match. The story was an exploration of that theme, the possibility of constricting oneself to loneliness for too long, and then being wrested from it by impossible love.

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Author Spotlight: John Kessel

Art can change the world, though we can’t count on that as much as we would like it to. Still, that moment when you hear a song that speaks to you, or lose yourself in a book, or laugh out loud at a movie — what’s better than that? It’s worth working hard in order to create those moments for people.


Editorial, February 2015

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