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10 #OwnVoices, Asian-inspired Fantasy YA Books of 2019

by Margaret Kingsbury This year brings a lot of amazing Asian #OwnVoices YA fantasy. While Asian characters and settings have been a part of fantasy for a long time, often these settings and cultural practices have been appropriated by white authors, and stereotypes abound. That’s one reason why it’s so important for more #OwnVoices Asian...

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Reflections: John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids Remains As Timely As Ever In Today’s World

In the future world of The Chrysalids (original U.S. title Re-Birth) all cities are believed to have been left in ruin from Tribulation, which God sent to punish the Old People for their sins. In Labrador, people are raised to follow strict rules. Everything must be in God’s image.  Very little remains from the Old...

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Words for Home

Short Fiction by Clint Monette There was a stream I used to go to with my little brother. He was always bigger than me, but he was still my kid brother. We would dip our toes in the cool water, but we’d never go in. Little creatures would swim past while we would sing the...

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Original Concepts

Last week launched a short series of articles looking at the most important ingredients in a story. The series began with an exploration of compelling characters. This week, it continues with a look at another key component; original concepts. Hardcover books typically cost $26.99 U.S., while trade paperback editions are as much as $16.99. When...

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Pinafore Magic

Short Fiction by Dorianne Emmerton Just like every other morning, I was heading to my favourite carrel in the library to work on my thesis, a never-ending project that consumed all my time and energy. It focuses on what I call “Pinafore Fiction.” Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, that ilk. I...