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Discussing magic in fantasy fiction

If any sufficiently advanced technology, as the quote goes, is indistinguishable from magic, then it is also possible that any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from a religion. -Alma Alexander from a Book View Café blog post On Magic on August 5, 2016

Any fantasy that is sufficiently internally consistent is indistinguishable from science fiction. -Jennifer Stevenson Continue reading

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Amazon Deal (USA and Canada)

It’s happening now. If you’re an Amazon customer in the United States or Canada and you haven’t yet purchased a copy of BVC member Linda Nagata’s newest novel, The Last Good Man, now’s your chance! Amazon has put the ebook … Continue reading

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UNRAVELING TIME

I’m not usually one for time travel tales—some read too much like math problems, with not enough historical detail for my particular bent. Others carry me along but seem to fall apart after I think about them a bit. So … Continue reading

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Robert Minto reviews Ursula K. Le Guin’s No Time to Spare at The New Republic

No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging? Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Persisted: Chatauqua

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She PersistedThe idea at the core of “Chatqauqua,” my contribution to the new Book View Cafe anthology Nevertheless, She Persisted, goes back much farther than the sanctions against Sen. Warren, the 2016 U.S. election, or even the problems of climate change that are key elements in the story. It started with a bit of family history from 1923. Continue reading

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BVC Announces Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She Persisted Edited by Mindy Klasky “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Those were the words of Mitch McConnell after he banned Senator Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the floor of the United States … Continue reading

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“The Martian Obelisk” – A New Story at Tor.com

“The Martian Obelisk” is my first story for Tor.com and it’s just up today. Find it here online. This is a story I originally wrote a few years ago, but I wasn’t happy with it. In part, it struck me … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Novels & Stories

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

THE HAINISH NOVELS AND STORIES, Volumes One and Two, separately and in boxed set, coming September 5, 2017, from Library of America. Edited by Brian Attebery. Now available for pre-order. Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler Thinks about Books

I’ve just re-read Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”. I’ve probably read it ten or more times over the years. Probably seen the movie five times or so. Who wouldn’t as a teenager be obsessed with Julie Christie and Oskar Werner? My … Continue reading

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BVC Announces The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata Army veteran True Brighton left the service when the development of robotic helicopters made her training as a pilot obsolete. Now she works at Requisite Operations, a private military company established by friend … Continue reading

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