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State of the Art: October 2019

It’s been too long since I’ve collected essays on the speculative art. There were some great ones published this summer.

  • Writing Through the News Cycle – Kameron Hurley at Locus
  • Monsters, the Monstrous, and Reclaiming the Other by Leo Elijah Cristea at Fantasy Faction
  • Sir Elsa of Tortall, Knight of the Realm by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry at Uncanny
  • Beware the Lifeboat by Marissa Lingen at Uncanny
  • Are You the One? Exploring the Chosen One Trope in SFF by Katy Rose Pool at
  • Winning Hugo as a Blind Person by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry at
  • Reclaiming SciFi’s history at Wired with Desirina Boskovich and others
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State of the Art: May 2019

Essays and conversations about Fantasy and Speculative literature.

Closing out Women in SF&F Month: Swati Teerdhala writes, The Unlikeable Heroine at Fantasy Book Cafe

Everyone’s World Is Ending All the Time: notes on becoming a climate resilience planner at the edge of the anthropocene by Arkady Martine at Uncanny

The System is Broken for People of Color: why Dan Mallory’s situation is a grumpy canary in a coal mine by Priya Sridhar at Strange Horizons

Roundtable on Faith in SFF – at Strange Horizons

Let’s talk about Afrofuturism by Troy L. Wiggins at Apex

Fantasy & SpecFic Watch 10

Official Comments by SFWA & Jonathan Brazee regarding Nebula Awards nomination controversy at Locus Mag

Art Appreciation:

Donato Giancola

Looking at new books:

Best Science Fiction & Fantasy for April: Top Picks – Amazon Book Review

10 Upcoming Adult Fantasy Novels – BookRiot

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in May –

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State of the Art: April 2019 Part 2

Strange Horizons leads the way this round.

Women in SF&F Month: Nalini Singh’s Wonder and Freedom: Fantasy Book Cafe

Quiet Places and Dark Spaces by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry at Strange Horizons

The Myriad Drumbeats of Afrofuturism: Afro-Brazilian Speculative Fiction by Mame Bougouma Diene at Strange Horizons

Variations on a Name: the -Punks of our Times by Jaymee Goh at Strange Horizons

Mary Woodbury on Octavia Butler – Octavia Butler Rises Again at SFF World

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State of the Art – April 2019

This month there have been some significant essays written around the world of Fantasy and Speculative literature.

Nnedi Okorafor discusses defining African Science Fiction at SFWA

A guest post on difficult topics by Jesse Teller at Fantasy Book Critic

A thorough examination: Asexual Representation in Mainstream Speculative Fiction by  Lynn E. O’Connacht at The Book Smugglers

Brenda Cooper and Joey Eschrich Guest Post at Locus – From Guilt to Hope: Why We Write Climate Fiction

Guest Post by Samantha Shannon for Women in SFF Month at Fantasy Book Cafe