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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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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Shadow and Flame by Gail Z Martin and Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Review of Shadow and Flame by Gail Z Martin (Orbit, March 2016) This is the fourth volume of the Ascendant Kingdom Saga. Blaine McFadden has to deal with the aftermath of restoring the magic to the kingdom. Some of the … Continue reading

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Paul Kincaid’s From the Other Side, March 2016: Patrick Ness, Aliette de Bodard, Ian Whates, and new books from Gollancz and Orbit

[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, March 2016 By Paul Kincaid March turned out to be the height of the awards … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Review of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com April 5, 2016) There are many fantasy stories about young people who travel through portals to other lands, but none quite as interesting and unique as this story set in … Continue reading

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