Category Archives: Commentary

What’s New for the 7th of August: lots of SF books and audiobooks; Euro-folk, Indian classical, and some jazz, plus lots of African music; jerky; Jonah Hex; and more!

It is a man’s face, with oak laves growing from the mouth and ears, and completely encircling the head. Mr. Griffith suggested that it was intended to symbolize the spirit of inspiration, but it seemed to me certain that it … Continue reading

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An interview with Gardner Dozois

This interview was conducted by Jayme Lynn Blaschke and edited for this publication by Cat Eldridge. Gardner Dozois began editing Asimov’s Science Fiction in May of 1985, and since then has established himself as one of the foremost editors in … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 24th of July: Some Favorite Doctor Whos, Robert Hunter’s ‘Brown-Eyed Women’, a Musical Playlist from Gary Whitehouse, a Bevy of Live Music reviews and Elizabeth Bear on All Things Foodie

I sliced strawberries with all my attention. They were particularly fine ones, large and white clear through without a hint of pink. (Wild Borderland strawberries are one of the Border’s little jokes. They form bright red, and fade as they … Continue reading

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Emma Bull and Will Shetterly’s War for The Oaks screenplay

EDDI – Fairies aren’t real. They’re just – POOKA – Fairy tales? Did you think the stories sprang from nothing? The people of the Timeless Kingdom watched mortal Man learn to walk upright. Excerpt from the the War for The … Continue reading

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How the pedal steel guitar stole my heart

The pedal steel guitar has long been one of my favorite instruments. There’s just something about its sound that can go from quicksilver pure to rough and distorted in the blink of an eye that captured my heart at some … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 10th of July: Jennifer offers us chilaquiles for breakfast, Folkmanis Dragons, The Doctor creates Macgregor’s Kitchen Garden, Eric Burdon’s Least Favourite Song, books with a ‘sunny’ theme, Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical fiction

I hate this fucking song. (See our coda for the story of this quote.) Sorry ’bout the delay in getting your Queen’s Lament IPA to you, it’s been a very busy day as we’ve got a hand fastening on the … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 26th of June: All things de Lint; Festival Express; Jennifer’s annual Solstice pig roast; lots of Cara Dillon, plus cool off with some Canadian and Siberian folk music

She hadn’t meant to fall asleep, but she was a bit like a cat herself, forever wandering in the woods, chasing after squirrels and rabbits as fast as her skinny legs could take her when the fancy struck, climbing trees … Continue reading

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What’s New for 12th of June: Neal Stephenson, L.A. SF noir, return to Central Station, cozy mysteries, Holmes vampires; Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasies; Grateful Dead themed Weißbier; new music from Angel Olsen and Toot Monk, remembering Kelly Joe Phelps, all things Waterboys, and more

Any AI smart enough to pass a Turing test is smart enough to know to fail it. Ian McDonald’s River of Gods I woke well before dawn as I wanted to watch the Northern Lights, which have been particularly outstanding lately. … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 29th of May: Remembering Patricia A. McKillip along with Finnish and Swedish music

Patricia A. McKillip has left us.  One of the finest writers that has ever graced our presence having written The Forgotten Beasts of Eld which won a richly deserved World Fantasy Award nearly fifty years ago, and Solstice Wood, one of my favourite works by her … Continue reading

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An interview with Patricia A. McKillip, October 2008

Deborah J. Brannon conducted this interview with Patricia A. McKillip. Several of your novels can be called literary fairy tales: lovely narratives that interweave fairy tale tropes into new (and sometimes surprising) shapes. What do you think the role is … Continue reading

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