Posts tagged ‘sci-fi/fantsay’

Sci-fi by ‘the other’

What-ho, an attempt at listing quality sci-fi books, shorts stories and authors who are either women or persons-of-colour or both.  It’s a great list and if there was an anthology of these reprints, I’d get it.

See the list here.  I’m sure many readers will be happy to dig in.

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September 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

In queer space, no one thinks you’re unusual

Lookit this, a sci-fi/fantasy blog, Outer Alliance,  for the promotion of LGBT in Sf/F writings.

Welcome to the Outer Alliance. So far, the idea is that the blog functions on three levels: education, support, and celebration of LGBT contributions in SF/F writing.

Who is invited into the Outer Alliance? Anyone who supports the community’s tenets and is committed to engaging in intelligent discussion about LGBT issues in SF/F. This is a group founded in the belief that the best course against bigotry and discrimination is by rising above it, not stooping down to it.

This group is open to all writers (professionals and fledgelings alike) of SF/F (speculative, horror, paranormal, etc)–and their friends–of any inclination. The idea is that this is an alliance, so as long as you uphold the tenets of the Outer Alliance (see below) you’re welcome in.

  • The Outer Alliance is a group of SF/F writers and friends dedicated to LGBT advocacy through education, support, and celebration.
  • As a member of the Outer Alliance I pledge to uphold the tenets of education, support, and celebration of LGBT contributions to the science-fiction and fantasy genres through my actions and work, online and in print.

Things we hope to accomplish: blog articles, guest posts, community shout-outs, web-badges, newsletters, mailing lists. This is in no way meant to be a group that bombards you with information every ten minutes; I’m thinking a monthly newsletter, and biweekly mailing list announcements (we’ll cross post to the blog, as well, with celebrations of stories sold/published, important news, etc.)

If you’d like to join the Outer Alliance, please leave a comment, or email me at natania.barron@gmail.com.

[Via Nicola G]

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August 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

What’d you do on the weekend?

Loads of housework for incoming visitors and watched Wolverine.

The movie was very cleaned up. Shame because the first half hour had a good hint of violence that fit the characters. Liev Shcreiber was fab as Sabretooth. I think I’m a little disappointed in Hugh Jackman’s potrayal of Wolverine. I was looking forward to the sneery, witty, animalistic character that I’ve come to expect from the comics, but instead we got this idealised romantic, civilised wereman. Btw, can anyone tell me how/why his name changed from Jimmy to Logan?

Speaking of comics, since finishing 1602, I’ve run through a stack of comic collections. Whee! Not all good but great fun. I’m now making my way through Manda Scott’s Boudica series (no. 2 of 4).

We’ve got visitors so I’ll be busy for a few days. If I can get over their chain-smoking, I should be back to schedule later this week.

May 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

No internets? No TV? What’s that in your hand?

Well, I’ve spent the last few nights dismayed at the graphics display on my laptop that went afuzzy and awry whenever Firefox came on. Wouldn’t you know it, I found the fix (fingers crossed) after I submitted a help request to the manufacturer.

I kept myself entertained in the meantime by desperately reading The Chronicles of Chaos by John C Wright. The first book was a freebie e-book from Tor and it got me hooked!  Annoyed I was that the next two weren’t available in electronic format, and I couldn’t find the second book in many stores. But I did get it eventually and I’ve finished the trilogy. It helped that our subscription TV satellite dish is under repair so plenty of quiet.

The story is wonderfully adventurous and smart and phantastic, and it’s a YA genre.  It has mystery, girl smarts, explosions and growing pains, a grand mix of science, philosophy, theology, magicks and other fields of learning I could never understand. At its heart, it is about five ‘orphans’ trying to escape from a special boarding school. They learn that they are child hostages from Chaos, held captive by pagan gods to stave off a war between Chaos and Cosmos. In learning who they are, they try to return home, but politics, oaths and powers (theirs and the gods) move to ensnare, save and kill them.

A highly entertaining read.

John C Wright’s books are pulished by Tor-Forge/Macmilan

March 26, 2009 at 1:31 am 1 comment


Evecho’s newsy bits

News, updates and links from the lesbian and publishing ‘verse that interest me, my current projects, keeping up with authors and sharing musings on middle-class life, gourmet adventures and comparisons between East/West perspectives. My opinions will likely be linearly logical and gayly bent, as they tend to be.