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Friday Quick Updates: Animazement this weekend, Grady Hendrix next week, ConCarolinas next weekend, and tons of new events including “Harry Potter” midnight launch party info

Friday, May 27, 2016: We are definitely in the early summertime here in the Carolinas, and all of a sudden the event calendar is starting to fill up a bit, starting with Animazement 2016 at the Raleigh Convention Center this weekend, with plenty … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Runtime by S.B. Divya

Review of Runtime by S.B. Divya Marmeg is a bouncer at a club and wants more than anything to race and place in the Minerva Sierra Challenge. The prize from placing would allow her to pay college tuition and buy … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews A Whisper of Southern Lights by Tim Lebbon

Review of A Whisper of Southern Lights: The Assassin Series Book 2 by Tim Lebbon This volume revisits Gabriel’s fight against Temple the demon which we saw in a previous novella (Pieces of Hate). Now time has passed so the two … Continue reading

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Paul Kincaid’s From the Hardest Part, April 2016: Clarke Award shortlist, Nick Wood, Jenni Fagan, Ali Shaw, and Jurassic London’s Extinction Event

[Editor’s Note: From the Other Side is Paul Kincaid’s monthly column on books and news from the other side of the Atlantic.] From the Other Side, April 2016 By Paul Kincaid This year will see the presentation of the 30th … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Their Favorite Anthologies and Short Story Collections from 2015

Review of Accessing the Future: A Disability-Themed Anthology of Speculative Fiction edited by Kathryn Allan and Djibril al-Ayad (Futurefire.net, 2015) This anthology alternates between short fiction pieces and illustrations. The black and white illustrations all fit with the theme of … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Tuesday Releases: Fran Wilde, Wesley Chu, and Jay Posey

Review of The Jewel and her Lapidary by Fran Wilde (Tor.com, May 3, 2016) This vibrant fantasy novella deals with friendship and family when betrayal occurs. Sima and Lin are trapped in a space far below the floor after being … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Black City Saint by Richard A Knaak and Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire

Review of Black City Saint by Richard A Knaak (Pyr, March 1, 2016) This is an urban fantasy set in Prohibition-era Chicago with a very vividly described real-world history which includes bootleggers, mobs, and the turf wars between different factions. … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Visits Norwescon 39 in SeaTac, Washington!

Review of Norwescon 39 March 24-27, 2016 (Seatac, Washington) After enjoying ourselves in the Pacific Northwest last year, we decided to venture out that way for another convention. Norwescon is primarily focused on SFF literature but also covers anime, costuming, … Continue reading

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Friday Quick Updates: a packed weekend, Felicia Day on Wednesday, news and new events, and more!

Friday, April 22, 2016: There’s plenty of reasons to get out and about this weekend, including Durham County Library’s first Teen Lit Festival, Fred Chappell’s last of three Triangle appearances, and a Game of Thrones watching party:   April 23 (Saturday) 11 am to … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley

Review of The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley (Tor.com, April 19, 2016) The child’s viewpoint really worked for this story. The boy’s admiration for the knight is quite clear, the descriptions really making the knight seem larger than life. His … Continue reading

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