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Rachel Swirsky’s Recommendations for 2014 Young Adult & Middle Grade SciFi/Fantasy Novels

So! I’m on the Norton jury this year, which is the jury that’s responsible for reading widely for the award (which is given to young adult and middle grade science fiction and fantasy novels). After SFWA voters wisely nominate their … Continue reading

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Rachel Swirsky’s Recommendations for Novellas Published in 2014

Every year, I try to binge read short fiction and make recommendations on it. I am not able to do a very comprehensive job this year. First, because I’m on the jury for the Norton Award (given to science fiction … Continue reading

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Recommending Fiction from “Across the Aisle”

At some point, I’d like to put together a recommendation list of awesome stuff (science fiction and fantasy, probably only short fiction because that’s where I feel like I really have a specialty) by conservative or right-wing authors. Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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Two Opportunities for Writers I Thought Worth Publicizing Here

I subscribe to the Creative Writing Opportunities List. It’s a Yahoo group called CRWROPPS-B. These two opportunities showed up in my inbox today that I thought would be worth letting people here know about. Since they do not concern the kind of writing I … Continue reading

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“So no I don’t always believe them and yeah I let them know that.”

This is a very seasoned detective, 15 years in a sex crimes unit. When I asked him sort of what happens when victims come in to report an assault to the criminal justice system, this is what he said. He … Continue reading

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On Ferguson

This is an open thread to discuss Ferguson, but I’d ask anyone participating to please: 1) Watch the video. 2) Don’t be a jerk.

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Brief Updates: Mind Meld, Dark Matter Zine, Little Faces

A couple of brief updates: I. Mind Meld in the Tardis Even though I was late turning it in (due to finding a four-day-old kitten in our backyard and trying to figure out how to take care of it!), Mind … Continue reading

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Annie Oakley, Historical Cranky Lady

When I originally wrote this, the crowd-funding campaign for funding this book was still ongoing. It’s over now—but yay, it succeeded! Here’s what I wrote about it. Cranky Ladies of History: Annie Oakley Several months ago, Tehani Wessely and Tansy … Continue reading

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Ellen Klages, Toastmaster of the 2014 Nebula Awards

I am so excited that Ellen Klages is going to be the Toastmaster for this year’s Nebula Award weekend! The announcement went up on SFWA’s website a bit ago, but I just wanted to repeat it for people who missed … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room — Trans Women, Cis Women, and Penises

Dear cis women who are uncomfortable with trans women in bathrooms, Hi, it’s us. Trans women who use bathrooms.1 We know that you’re not comfortable sharing a bathroom with us, even though all the nakedness happens behind a stall door. … Continue reading

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