“I am suing Simon & Schuster for $10 million,” said Yiannopoulos during a livestream promoting Milo Inc., his latest venture. “I want to send them a message that they can never again do this to a libertarian or a conservative.” From “Milo Socks Publisher…” at HeatStreet First of all, I …
Have you heard of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? It happens twice a year, and I try to participate in at least one of them with my son. The last was this past Saturday, and it put a small (really negligible) dent in my to-read list. But it prompted a lot …
Obviously I’m into speculative fiction, but I’ve also been reading more and more books in translation in recent years, and have developed a fascination with Arabic fiction, speculative or not. So Iraq + 100 was already on my to-read list, but after reading this roundtable at Strange Horizons, I’m putting it on special order immediately. The roundtable brings together two of the contributors to the volume and two journalists who write about Arabic fiction, and the conversation ranges from the specifics of this book, to the reasons why there hasn’t historically been a strong Arabic speculative fiction tradition, to the ways current and near-past political realities may influence Arabic SF in the future.
One of the most interesting sections stems from Robin Yassin-Kassab’s comments on the influence from the situation in Syria:
I suppose I could add the trauma of war. I have a feeling that social realism would be a relevant way to approach the Syrian situation until 2013. From then on, the scale of the damage becomes so incomprehensibly enormous that some other genre becomes necessary. I think here of Ahmad Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad. How else can you write about a reality of random dismemberment without calling on the resources of horror, fantasy, or SF?
Frankenstein in Baghdad is also going straight onto my to-read list.
What’s your favorite Arabic or Arabic-themed speculative fiction?
Some of these have been on my to-read shelf WAY too long.
No library books this week? Well, no speculative fiction library books this week. I’m working on my to-read stack for this weekend’s Dewey’s 24 hour read-a-thon, and needed some more genre variety. This stack reaches way back into my to-read shelves. Three of these have been hanging out there in limbo for at least a year. The PKD book, however, I just recently picked up at Michigan News in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A fantastic bookstore with a great science fiction section. (I wasn’t able to wander over to the fantasy section, or indeed, any other section before I had already exceeded my book budget for the day.)
What new bookstores have you discovered lately?
The 2017 Hugo Award nominees have been out for a little while, and I have never read more of the nominees ahead of the awards than this year. As much as I love speculative fiction, my reading habits are so varied, and my shelves of unread books so extensive, that most …
The reading period has been extended! The reading period at Dancing Star Press will be a three months on, three months off format. The first reading period will end June 30, 2017. Future reading periods will follow this schedule: Open to submissions: April – June, October – December Closed to …
At this time I am seeking speculative fiction novellas, in pdf form only. Find all the details on the submissions page, also accessible from the link at the top of the page. The submission period will be open through the end of the month. Please email me or comment here if you …