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Aug
23
2016
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Worldcon panels: Board games

These are various notes for the panels I was on. I am starting with the board game panel!

I was a bit apprehensive about this one – I asked to be put on at least one non-diversity-related panel, which meant that I was put on exactly one such panel 🙂 and this was it. It was a fun experience and I am glad I did not run away in fear self-reject myself from it. Special thanks to Miles Tugman for the encouragement and the board games! 🙂

These were the recommendations I mentioned, I hope I did not leave anything out:

Where to go to learn more about board games:

  • BoardGameGeek is probably the best place. Links will point to BoardGameGeek 🙂

If you are looking for a fun, short game (max. 30 mins):

  • for computer gamers: Race for the Galaxy. Many similarities to computer-based 4x strategy games. Plays especially fast in the online version.
  • for non-computer gamers: Dominion. Like a collectible card game, without the collecting part. It does have 84329 million expansions though.

Games that play well with 3 players:

  • Yggdrasil – cooperative game where the number of players also varies the difficulty a bit, 3 players seems quite good in my experience.

If you are looking for a good introductory game:

  • Carcassonne. Has both chance and strategy elements, simple rules, relaxing art, fun tactile experience of assembling the board from tiles. Also good in mixed age groups. Currently has a reissue with new graphics – compare the old and the new and make sure you get the version you like better! (I prefer the old one.)

One interesting current trend in boardgaming:

  • Games with overarching storylines structured similarly to TV series, like Pandemic: Legacy (I haven’t played it yet, but I really want to 🙂 )

Fun games few people know:

  • Jäger und Sammler – very popular in Hungary as Mamutvadász, won the local Game of the Year award (similar to Spiel des Jahres). Stone age theme with beautiful art! Simple rules that lend themselves to house variants really well in our experience. Zombiegeddon is an American version with really ugly art (I warned you). There is no text on the game elements themselves – you can order a European version and download the rules online.
  • CIA vs KGB – simple, fun, very cheesy Cold War theme 😀

And now for literature:

How can board games inspire my own SF writing?

In two ways:

  • Player interactions – the ways behavior can be manipulated by the use of explicit rules, what interactions emerge from this, etc. Not so much specific games and settings, but more of this meta-approach that stems from my experiences as both a board gamer and a video gamer. Thus it can be hard to see exactly where the influence appears in my work, but it is certainly there.
  • Depictions of gameplaying in a fictional setting – this is much easier to notice.

Books I mentioned (mostly related to the second point):

  • The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks – note the explicitly acknowledged influence of Civilization, which started off as a computer game, but then became a board game too.
  • Burning Bright by Melissa Scott – also RPG-related.

The quiz question I prepared for the audience:

I hope people enjoyed the panel and I’m also wishing much enjoyment to the winners of the quiz – have fun with your new games!

Written by prezzey in: sf |
Aug
21
2016
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Inkscrawl: Living Bodies in Motion issue table of contents!

I survived Worldcon! It was fun! More updates including panel notes coming later, G-d willing. This is a pre-made announcement…

Everyone signed their contracts, so I can announce the lineup of the next issue of Inkscrawl! I guest-edited this issue of the speculative micropoetry magazine (10 lines or shorter) with the theme Living Bodies in Motion.

The issue will be online hopefully over the next week. In the meanwhile, the table of contents is here – the section headings feature words from each poem. I am very much looking forward to sharing these poems with you!

inkscrawl #10: living bodies in motion

guest-edited by Bogi Takács

shout / gnaw / skitter / thrash / fly

Hurricane by Sheree Renée Thomas

verdigris by A Watson

Plastic Hour by M.J. Cunniff

Roar by Ada Hoffmann

Theretra by May Chong

grasp / shovel / turn / dive

Parallax by S. Qiouyi Lu

Still Snow(ing) by Mary Alexandra Agner

The Map, the World, the Dancer by Toby MacNutt

The Holiness of Your Turns by Mitchell Hart

sleep-dance / slap / plan / cut / scatter

Alien Baby by Malka Older

Shuttlecock by Naru Dames Sundar

A Gun and a Boy (Le Cercle Rouge) by Sonya Taaffe

marsyas by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

quiet hands by Kythryne Aisling

deny / fall / emerge / continue

Plate 24 by Holly Day

The Dancer by Lynette Mejía

Full Blown Magnolia by Sheree Renée Thomas

the commute by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

Written by prezzey in: sf,writing |
Aug
12
2016
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Worldcon schedule

My Worldcon schedule is finally here! There were some difficulties with scheduling. This is more or less final…

Important:

I am still trying to find a ride back home from the convention center on Thursday – I just realized while making this post that my Thursday panel was 9-10 PM, not AM. If you are in the area and would not mind driving me home, I would supply you with ample sweets, pay for your gas and/or time, serve as your sensitivity reader, draw you cute fluffies, etc. as is your preference 🙂 I live about 40 minutes’ drive from the convention center. (We will drive with Rose on all the other days, but 10 PM is wayy past Mati’s bedtime.) I found a volunteer for this, thank you so much!

….and here is my schedule:

Asexual Viewing and More! – Beyond the Binary Gaze

Thursday 21:00 – 22:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Thor stands at a window, muscles rippling. Arrow strips and Teen Wolf shows a montage of bare-chested men. There is a growing awareness of the female gaze in attracting viewers (not to mention the female dollar) and as a result, film and television often caters to female (hetero)sexuality. This could be seen as fun and long overdue…but what about LGBTQI gaze(s), asexual, polyamorous or pansexual viewing? Our panel discuss the move from appropriation to representation.

Jed Hartman, Bogi Takács, Tex Thompson (M), Cait Spivey, Jay Wolf

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Spec Fic Poets: A Group Reading

Friday 12:00 – 13:00, 2203 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center)

Eight speculative fiction poets come together in this fun and engaging reading as they perform their work in their own unique styles.

Frederick Turner, Michael Substelny, Mr. Robin Wayne Bailey, Mary Soon Lee, Jim Davidson, Symantha Reagor (M), Bogi Takács, Erin Wilcox

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I Love Boardgames!

Friday 16:00 – 17:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Boardgames rule! Our panellists share the boardgames they love playing when they are not busy creating worlds, destroying universes, and doing dreadful things to their characters. What kinds of games do they enjoy? What sparks their creative juices and stirs the imagination? Most importantly, they recommend great games for players both experienced and new.

William Frank (M), Andrea G. Stewart, Bogi Takács, Sean Patrick Hazlett, CFA, Miles Tugman

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Reading: Bogi Takács

Friday 13:30 – 14:00, 2202 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center) – This was moved around and the new time is not in the program yet, so I am not 100% sure about the location.

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Autographing: Rose Lemberg, Bogi Takács, Adam Rakunas, Alyssa Wong, Katherine Wynter

 Sunday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Kansas City Convention Center, Autographing Space

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Non-Anglophone Authors You Must Know

Sunday 11:00 – 12:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Most of the world is not English speaking, so as the minority, what should English-language users start to pay attention to so that we can start to read outside of our own communities – even if that will be in translation most of the time?

Bradford Lyau (M), Bogi Takács, Dr Nick Wood, Dr. Catherine Schaff-Stump, Ivan Kranjcevic

Written by prezzey in: sf |
Aug
09
2016
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[Review] Beginning with the Mirror: Ten Stories about Love, Desire and Moving Between Worlds

Still away moving in, still reposting reviews from Goodreads that I wrote earlier in the summer. Please note that the fact that I prescheduled these reviews doesn’t necessarily mean I am very responsive otherwise. I’m working on catching up!

Beginning with the Mirror: Ten Stories about Love, Desire and Moving Between Worlds by Peter Dubé

I read this book for Week 1 of the #readproud challenge in the Gay Contemporary category.

Disclosure: I got a print reviewer copy from the publisher, Lethe Press.

Beginning with the Mirror cover art

This is a collection of dark, sensitive gay stories with sometimes more than a dash of magical realism. I don’t know how I’d missed Peter Dubé’s work previously (I am thinking I might have read a short story by him in Wilde Stories…?) but it was clearly a mistake.

The more of the magical, the better the stories worked for me; my favorite was “Blazon”, where sexual desire is sublimated into pyrokinesis… or is it? I have read several stories by different authors along these lines, but this one is my current favorite.

There is often a kind of distancing from magical elements, the sort of “but are we SURE that’s what happened” that is somewhat of a non-genre literary trope. One can read this book as contemporary or as speculative, and in both cases it will be rewarding.

Sometimes the stories had elements I generally dislike and they still worked well for me; the hallmark of a good author. “Needle” had discussion of dubious consent, nonconsent and also featured a very messy breakup, but I still thought it was a standout story not just in this collection, but in general in my reading.

Where the stories were weaker was when they started to meander; I felt the tighter-plotted ones were more memorable and powerful. I did appreciate the very wide dynamic range from brooding, dreamy contemplation (“Tides”) to people beating the heck out of each other on a political demonstration turned violent (“Egress”).

I will definitely need to pick up more of Dubé’s work; I have a gay anthology edited by him in my TBR pile that I’m also looking forward to reading.

Note that not all of the stories end well: sometimes people separate, sometimes they die. Sometimes there is anti-gay violence. But as I’ve said many times before and I continue to say over and over again, I think queer people should write whatever they want, including tragic stories. The issue is with straight people writing and marketing an overwhelming amount of tragic queer stories, not with queer people writing many stories of all kinds, some of them tragic (and, for example when the topic is anti-gay violence, absolutely justifiably so). But I also understand that people want to be warned about those stories, so consider this a warning!

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Aug
08
2016
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[Review] The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft

While I am away settling into our new rental, I continue to post my Goodreads reviews from the past months that I hadn’t mirrored here yet.

I am behind on personal correspondence, writing and editing projects, beta reading and basically everything. I apologize and I’m working on catching up!

The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft

Originally published in Weird Tales in 1927, now in the public domain. Free ebook here.

I read this novelette because I’m interested in reading “The Ballad of Black Tom,” Victor LaValle’s new novella that subverts it.

I read most of my Lovecraft in Communist and immediately post-Communist Hungary, at an age when one probably shouldn’t be reading Lovecraft. This one hadn’t been translated back then (I just checked and it was first published in Hungary in 1998) – you have one guess why.

Lovecraft on diversity:

“From this tangle of material and spiritual putrescence the blasphemies of an hundred dialects assail the sky.”

…..oookay.

Yes, this story is as racist as people claim. (It’s also really ableist.) Many different races, cultures, ethnicities, religions get a brief mention; Hungarians might be especially interested in reading about the “hellish vestiges of old Turanian-Asiatic magic and fertility-cults.” The antagonists are basically a combination of everything around the globe that Lovecraft found repellent. He put a lot of effort into it, and his intent really comes across. It’s some powerful reading.

I think he would’ve found me repellent on at least four different counts explicitly mentioned in the story, and yet I felt an inordinate amount of fascinatorepulsed glee while reading. I mean sure, people hate all sorts of minorities and I get that in my daily life. But as a kind of mild-mannered and not very confrontational person, I seldom get to be described as an incredible menace of cosmic proportions. Now excuse me, I must be off to hatch my nefarious schemes…

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The best way to support my reviews is by surprising me with things from my Amazon wishlist. As we just moved to a different state, food would probably be the most useful, but we are always happy to get books too 🙂

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Aug
05
2016
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[Review] Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur vol. 1: BFF

Reviews are back after quite a while. I will try to collate my Goodreads reviews here too… if you follow me there, you probably saw them already 🙂 I have a middle grade superhero graphic novel for you today.

For now I will mostly just repost things I haven’t mirrored here yet, as I am settling in to our new rental in Kansas, but I am also working on new reviews. The first new one will probably be Bone Gap for Disability in Kidlit, and yes, I know I promised it a very long time ago…

My Goodreads reviews are probably more colloquial and ranty than my more formal reviews elsewhere – do keep this in mind.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur vol. 1: BFF

Written by: Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare

Art by: Natacha Bustos

Published by: Marvel, July 2016 (Hugo eligible next year)

Where did I get my copy: Iowa City Public Library, as a patron

oon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 cover art

I was really troubled by this book in multiple ways. The art is truly wonderful! I thought the story was deeply problematic, and a good example of Marvel trying to introduce diversity by having white, majority writers tackle “diverse topics”, instead of hiring diverse writers.From the moment I saw the back cover, I was worried: “Lunella Lafayette is an INHUMAN PRETEEN GENIUS who wants to change the world!” (Emphasis not mine.) I am a Marvel reader, so I know Inhumans are an in-universe group, similar to mutants. But the word also has a prima facie dehumanizing meaning, and I don’t think literally anyone involved with production thought that maybe branding a smart Black girl as INHUMAN on the cover was… not such a good idea. Especially since the target audience is little girls who might be new to all the Marvel terms…

Many spoilers follow:

Lunella is a Black preteen girl and a scientific genius. She knows she has the Inhuman genes, which have the potential of turning her into a being with strange powers if she gets caught in the Terrigen Cloud periodically released by aliens. (I confess right now I am not following many of the core Marvel titles any longer, so I’m a bit confused by this; but it’s been a major theme recently.) Lunella does not want to transform and goes to great lengths to prevent it. She relies on her brains instead of her brawn (explicitly stated this way), to obtain a device that might “cure” (sic) her, but the device is snatched from her by her clueless white-dude PE teacher, and he opens a dimensional rift which sets loose a dinosaur and a bunch of (white-looking but hairy) cavemen on the world. Many adventures ensue.

A main theme of this volume is agency – Lunella is trying to show the very resistant world that despite her being a preteen girl with no superpowers, she is capable of doing various things, because she is smart and determined. This would be great, except…. the book’s main point is that she fails. The story arc literally ends with her being caught in the Terrigen Cloud and starting her transformation, which she spent the entire book trying to prevent and going to great lengths to do so – even framing it in terms of agency: “I’m the boss of my own body. Nobody gets to tell anybody who or what they can and can’t be.” and then we see the entire universe responding to demonstrate that no, she CANNOT have that.

This very aggravating message appears consistently throughout the book in many scenes, so it’s not just about this one plot cliffhanger that might or might not be subverted in the next volume. Lunella’s mom lectures her with “There are some things in life you can’t control.” SOMEhow the white superheroes never have this talk. (Even the ones who struggle with controlling their powers generally find some device to help them, like Cyclops’ glasses or Rogue’s gloves, and are in a supportive environment where people help them control their powers. In a world full of superpowered beings, Lunella is on her own.) Then there is the Hulk cameo, where Hulk uses his brawn instead of his brains, brags about his intelligence, and lectures Lunella that she should not do any super-hero-y things. He is the representative of adult superheroes in the story, and in this role, all he has to say is basically a variant on Know Your Place. (We also see an example of divide and conquer tactics by having an Asian person deliver this, as Hulk in this continuity is Asian.) There are so many unfortunate racist implications scattered throughout this book, I can’t even.

And sure, real life is a lot like that. I’m not Black, but as a minority person in my country of origin, I also had similar talks (a Marvel comic these days probably won’t have anything even slightly negative about the police / the authorities, but some part of me was waiting for that to happen…). So yeah, I see that, as much as I can with a different cultural background; I don’t claim to experience what it is like to be Black in the US.

But this is supposedly a cheerful superhero comic. Which is NOT supposed to be about showing the protagonist – and the reader who is supposed to identify with her – that the entire universe, the entire social and PHYSICAL universe is against her and that’s Just The Way Things Are… and have her fail in the end. Sure, the system is biased against her. I wouldn’t want to erase that, it could ring very false. But can’t she just have her moment of triumph at the end? Can’t she? In a superhero adventure comic, of all places?

And all that before we get to the IMO lesser problems, like having the cavepeople antagonists completely randomly start a gang. Because I guess that in the mind of the white comic writers, if there is a Black girl character, there must be gangs somehow, but she cannot join a gang, because that would be very obviously racist. So the less obviously racist (but IMO still racist) solution is to have the opponents randomly start a gang and then she can fight against them. (And yes, “cavepeople” is used as a racist insult the world over, and the cavepeople embody many of these racist tropes, down first to the ooga booga language and then the broken English. People not troubled by this were never called Neanderthals, I guess.) “How about no gangs” did not occur to anyone??? Because we are all supposed to assume that the inner city has gangs, I guess. *SIGH* If this is the extent of what occurs to the writers when trying to find something to drive the plot, I… well, I don’t want to read their book, thank you.

I am really sad and upset. The topic of someone opting out of superpowers because they are distracting / useless / something else (like Science) is more important could have been fascinating, but even that did not happen. (I deeply dislike the Magical Cure trope, but approached from another angle, this conflict could have said some very important things about the ownership of one’s body, dealing with unexpected body things happening, etc.) Alas, the writers literally could not give this much agency to the protagonist in her own series. Coming to think of it: is this some kind of awful metaphor for adolescence, too??

I am in the middle of moving and wanted to relax with a cheerful, fun adventure comic about a Black girl saving the day with the application of Science.

This is NOT that story; you have been warned.

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The best way to support my reviews is by surprising me with things from my Amazon wishlist. As we just moved to a different state, food would probably be the most useful, but we are always happy to get books too 🙂

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Aug
04
2016
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Back & trying to catch up

Mini life update:

I am back after my comprehensive exams – I will be spending the upcoming academic year at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, on a post-comps fellowship. We successfully moved, and we are trying to deal with the fact that while our rental is nice, it wasn’t very clean when we moved in, and had been vacant for a while. There is much scrubbing involved. My mom came from Hungary to help us move (thank you so much!), but she is now back in Hungary.

I put a bunch of food items on our Amazon wishlist that had worked out in the past (meaning they arrived in fine edible shape). I haven’t really promoted this yet, though, because I feel like I haven’t done much to warrant random food items lately.

I will attempt to post more inbetween wild bouts of scrubbing, and try to space things out so that there is something small every day (except Shabbes, I guess – I do not like to preschedule posts for when I am not online). I intermittently ranted about books on Goodreads while taking my exams and then moving; I definitely want to mirror those here as well. But there is also a lot of writing-related news and I am behind on bonus story/poem notes too.

I am also very behind on personal correspondence. I am so sorry!! I will be doing my best to be more responsive from now on.

To say that this year has been tough so far is an understatement. But I will not have to commute between Iowa and Kansas for a year, and that is basically a triumph. More soon, G-d willing 🙂

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Jun
17
2016
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Year’s Best :) and other things

I haven’t been posting a lot here because of health and related mobility issues. Today I was supposed to present a poster at SRCLD, a child language conference, but I had to cancel my attendance and ask my coauthors to present the poster instead of me. I was really looking forward to meeting some of you at SRCLD, so this is a bit sad… I hope you liked the poster 🙂 I am really grateful to Karla McGregor and Katherine R. Gordon for both their comments and additions to the poster, and also for presenting it instead of me.

I will be taking my PhD comprehensive exams soon, which is a multi-week process, so I will mostly focus on doing that and also on trying to maintain some semblance of health… but besides that, Alphabet of Embers is almost ready to print after many hitches, so that will be a thing hopefully soon, G-d willing. The next issue of Inkscrawl is also close to being finished… And I haven’t forgotten about my promised review of Bone Gap either. I have mostly written it, but I need to insert quotes from the book to substantiate my claims that it really does say the things I mentioned, some of it is really hard to believe!

Some more cheerful news:

I just had a flash story titled All Talk of Common Sense in Volume 3 of Polychrome Ink. This is a print and ebook magazine and I just received my author copy – I’m very much looking forward to reading it! If you are interested it, you can purchase it in various formats on the website of the press. If you are a writer, they pay decent semi-pro rates and are very friendly and inclusive.

I will do my best to post story notes for this one soon! It is a tie-in story to my novelette coming later this year in GigaNotoSaurus, and in this one I was experimenting with #ownvoices and how it would work in a quasi-historical fantasy setting. Autistic protagonist in a medieval-Hungary-esque world!

My contributor copy!

My contributor copy!

And here is a little teaser:

The beginning of my story

The beginning of my story

 

Another piece of good news – my space opera story The Need for Overwhelming Sensation, originally published in the launch issue of Capricious, will be reprinted in Transcendent – The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, edited by K. M. Szpara.

You can do many things:

* read the story in Capricious (free!)

* read my bonus story notes (also free 🙂  it has content warnings for before reading and spoilery bonuses after reading)

* preorder Transcendent, with a $5 preorder discount!

I really like the cover art:

Transcendent cover

Transcendent cover

The cover artist is Noel Arthur Heimpel and they are also trans.

It’s also really cool that the person on the cover has a headcovering, not very many trans people wear headcoverings, but I am one. 🙂 I know this is totally incidental, but awesome nonetheless.

I’m looking forward to reading the book, there are many stories in it that I haven’t read before, actually. I’ll also need to see what I can put on the #ownvoices trans SFF list from the table of contents! This is also a reminder that the list is open for further additions on Goodreads. 🙂 If you are a trans/nb/gq author and have an #ownvoices SFF story or book, but Goodreads doesn’t let you put your own work on lists, you can comment and I can put it on for you.

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May
30
2016
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#diversestories (& poems & books) roundup

My SFF recommendations are back, and the roundups are back too! I need to go back and make retroactive roundups too… somehow…

* (Short story) (Free) Remembery Day by Sarah Pinsker in Apex, May 2015 – New author in the series!

* (Novelette) (Free) And Never Mind the Watching Ones by Keffy R. M. Kehrli in Uncanny, 2015

* (Novelette) (Free) Geometries of Belonging by Rose Lemberg in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Oct 2015

* (Poem) (Free) Suzuka by Iori Kusano in Goblin Fruit, Winter 2016 + do not miss this thread by the author – New author in the series!

* (Book) (Non-free) Conversations with Octavia Butler, ed. Conseula Francis. Mississippi University Press, 2010.

Thank yous go to my wonderful supporters this week:

* Jose Jimenez who watered our plants and safeguarded our Nebula books from the elements

* Keffy R. M. Kehrli, who sent a copy of Na’amen Tilahun’s first novel The Root

* Debra Fran Baker, who sent a box of apple bars, many enthusiastically consumed by Mati already 🙂

Even more thank yous to:

These are all people who sent things while I was behind on roundups, so I only posted thank yous on twitter.

* D Libris, who sent a copy of Monstrous Little Voices signed by Foz Meadows for both Rose and me

* Keffy R. M. Kehrli, who sent a copy of The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar

* Anonymous Benefactor, who sent a copy of Sea, Swallow Me by Craig Laurance Gidney

* Steve Berman, who sent literally a box of books!!

* Anonymous Benefactor, who sent a pull-up assist band

* Anonymous Benefactor, who sent a crate of sweet potato chips

* Jose Jimenez, who sent a backup mobile battery, enabling me to work while commuting

And wedding gifts (yes, I know, it’s been a while):

These are not including the gifts that we were given in person at the wedding – I don’t have a good list or pictures of those, but we are very grateful for those too!!!

* Karla McGregor sent a beautiful plant hanger with plant (thanks again JJ for watering it while we were away!)

* Debra Fran Baker sent a copy of Starglass by Phoebe North

* Lisa M. Bradley, Jose Jimenez and CeCe sent many food items and also a book for Mati, The Big Book of Families

* Anonymous Benefactor sent nice relaxing bath salts

* Anonymous Benefactor sent kosher dried meat snacks

* Anonymous Benefactor sent multiple volumes of Oishinbo by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki (there are even more that I did not take pictures of)

* D Libris sent two books: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold, and Squirrel Girl vol. 1 by North & Henderson

This past semester was very difficult for me healthwise and I am just catching up on various things including reading many of the above books. We also just tried some of the Carcassonne expansions we got from my brother for the wedding, and they were great fun! We tried the Tower cardholder (but not the Tower cards & rules yet) and the Ferries miniexpansion. Ferries are fun! Sadly this expansion is out of print, but he managed to find one for me in Hungary – a Nordic countries version, with rules in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish. We also have the Phantom expansion, but we haven’t played it yet.

I need to post Nebulas photos… I have even more than what I posted on Twitter. And finish my review of Bone Gap for Disability in Kidlit, which is turning very long. In the meanwhile, you can follow me on Goodreads, where I am now active again and posting shorter but also less coherent reviews. 😀

If you keep an eye on my Twitter feed, there is a giveaway coming up soon IY”H.

Written by prezzey in: sf |
May
19
2016
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Various news + recommendations are back!

I have some reprints to announce:

* Spirit Forms of the Sea, originally published in Sword & Mythos edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles, and later podcast on Podcastle (eds. Graeme Dunlop and Rachael K. Jones), will finally see an online reprint in Fantasy Scroll, edited by Iulian Ionescu.

* My essay Alien of Extraordinary Ability? Migration in SFF and in My Life, originally a guest post on Jim C. Hines’ blog and later reprinted in Invisible 2, will be reprinted in Speculative Fiction 2015, eds. Foz Meadows and Mark Oshiro.

* Speculative Fiction 2015 will also reprint a Roundtable on Diversity I participated in at Book Smugglers, alongside Aliette de Bodard, M Sereno, Zen Cho and JY Yang; it was moderated by Charles Tan.

I have one more reprint I can’t talk about yet, and an original poem sale; I also might be reading micropoetry at a local event in Iowa City in early June. Stay tuned for more information!

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In other news, my weekly 12+-hr commute is over for now and I am regaining some semblance of life and health. I restarted the #diversestories / #diversepoems recommendations series, and I’m doing a set of QUILTBAG author recs right now! You can follow me on Twitter at @bogiperson, and I will try to do my best to resume posting the recommendation roundups here too.

I have also posted a bunch of really brief reviews on Goodreads just as a form of relaxation. Genre and subject matter is all over the map. I might or might not keep this up, but it has been fun.

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The upcoming issue of Inkscrawl is almost finished, but I still need to send out a handful of responses. Apologies to everyone!! I will hopefully get to this soon, G-d willing.

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