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X-Men: Apocalypse

Sigh… Okay, our third major comic book blockbuster has landed for the year. Let’s get this over with. I am going to confess that this superhero franchise is the one I hold in the most affection. Whether it be through either the comics, the animated series from the 90s or ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Ran by Akira Kurosawa

An aged lord reflects on the legacy of his kingdom. He resolves to divide his realm between his three children expecting them to act harmoniously. Despite the protestations of his youngest that this is grossly unwise, the lord proceeds to sunder his realm. The storm of madness, vengeance, and bloodshed ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Writing gender

When you set out to write a novel or short story, do you find yourself naturally writing a male protagonist? What about peripheral characters, do you unconsciously refer to them as he? Gender is an inescapable part of character development. An author must choose what gender to make their characters ...

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All the Birds in the Sky: Magic meets science in the ultimate reckoning

I have been hearing nothing but praise for the former editor in chief of io9, Charlie Jane Anders, and her novel All the Birds in the Sky. While I’ve previously been burned by hype, this little gem lived up to its reputation. I feel like this novel is what Joss Whedon ...

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Dark Empire: What could have been in the Star Wars universe

Long before we even had the prequels, the Star Wars universe was expanded upon by numerous novels and comics. Dark Empire is set in the years following the battle of Endor. Tom Veitch picks up the story of the Rebellion as they struggle to bring order to the galaxy. This ...

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Sophie Turner is really tall

X-Men: Apocalypse

Sigh… Okay, our third major comic book blockbuster has landed for the year. Let’s get this over with. I am going to confess that this superhero franchise is the one I hold in the most affection. Whether it be through either the comics, the animated series from the 90s or ...

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A Monster Calls: Stories don’t always have happy endings

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak? First published in 2011, A Monster Calls was a figment of Siobhan Dowd’s imagination before her death. Her editor at Walker Books, after Siobhan’s death, passed on the ‘idea’ to writer Patrick ...

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Ran 4

Nostalgic Impulse: Ran by Akira Kurosawa

An aged lord reflects on the legacy of his kingdom. He resolves to divide his realm between his three children expecting them to act harmoniously. Despite the protestations of his youngest that this is grossly unwise, the lord proceeds to sunder his realm. The storm of madness, vengeance, and bloodshed ...

Read More »
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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Writing gender

When you set out to write a novel or short story, do you find yourself naturally writing a male protagonist? What about peripheral characters, do you unconsciously refer to them as he? Gender is an inescapable part of character development. An author must choose what gender to make their characters ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Interview with Jen Williams

Welcome back to Breaking the Glass Slipper, our bi-weekly podcast on women in fantasy, science fiction, and horror! This week, host Lucy Hounsom interview Jen Williams. Jen Williams is the author of The Copper Cat trilogy: The Copper Promise, The Iron Ghost, and The Silver Tide, and is currently working on ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Gender inequality in ‘best of’ lists

Welcome to the brand new podcast, Breaking the Glass Slipper. There are so many wonderful women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror but they are often overlooked. This podcast series was inspired by writer Juliet McKenna who recently commented on her blog about the many so-called ‘best of’ genre ...

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