Difficulties with Genre

I have a habit of starting out essays and blogs—maybe these are the same things—with a definition. So here it is: Genre: a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject … Continue reading


BVC Announces The Shadow Conspiracy Vol. III ed. Phyllis Irene Radford & Brenda W. Clough

In the world of the Shadow Conspiracy, where the human soul has proven to be measurable and transferable to an automaton, the question arises: is the robot a person?

The Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863 freed all the slaves in the states in rebellion against the Federal Government. What if that same document freed ensouled automata as well?

This third volume of the Shadow Conspiracy has seven stories that examine the question of humanity. We take you from an observation hot air balloon above the siege of Vicksburg to the soul-grinding Battle of the Crater, from simple farm folk who call themselves Friends, to the mysticism of Marie Laveau and Voudon. Our award winning authors ask the age-old question of what makes us human, what is the nature of slavery, and who deserves freedom? Only you can provide the answers.

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War on the Water: Red River by P. G. Nagle

Marie Hawkland: A Louisiana belle, mistress of a thousand slaves Nat Wheat: a Union Navy carpenter who dreams of piloting his own gunboat Jamie Russell: a Confederate captain, fighting a running battle with the Yankees through swamps and bayous Their … Continue reading


A Woman Goes to War: A Call to Arms by P. G. Nagle

A new historical novel by P. G. Nagle 1861: as America erupts into civil war, Emma Edmonds is roused to such intense patriotism that she joins the Union army…as a man. Raised on a farm by a father who would … Continue reading


BVC Announces Across the Spectrum, ed. Pati Nagle and Deborah J. Ross

Across the Spectrum Book View Cafe’s 5th Anniversary Celebration Edited by Pati Nagle and Deborah J. Ross Book View Café celebrates its fifth anniversary with an anthology of our favorite stories. From the fantasy and science fiction of our roots … Continue reading