Reviews and Blog Posts: speculative fiction

Tiptree Award Winners--and New Tiptree Fellowships

My Real Children

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is one of my favorites for a lot of reasons. The award was named after James Tiptree, Jr, aka Alice B. Sheldon, whose use of a male pen name, when discovered, prompted much discussion of whether the act of writing itself is gendered.

Parable of the sower

by Octavia E Butler

Reviewer Rating:
4

As someone with little to no experience reading science fiction, I find myself pretty blown away by Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. This novel is gripping, heart-wrenching, and terrifying.

Stories of your life and others

by Ted Chiang

Reviewer Rating:
4

Waiting for the Library's copy of The Unreal and The Real by Ursula Le Guin feels like waiting for Godot.  Fortunately, I spied Chiang's collection of stories.  Chiang, like Le Guin, doesn't always write between the genre lines which is exactly what I like.  Some call it speculative fiction but I just call it...

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