ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Novellas

Jake Casella Brookins The novella as a form has been growing in popularity for a little while now. While popular genre novels have been subject to various species of bloat—massive wordcounts, sprawling series, or both—the novella offers a complete, novel-like experience in terms of plot, character, and themes, but with the promise to keep it … Continue reading ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Novellas

ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Novels

Jake Casella Brookins The Best Novel Award is usually talked about as “the big one” of the Hugos. Some of the awards are mostly internal to the professional/fan community, and I’m not sure what impact, if any, the Hugos for film and television have. The Hugo for best novel, by contrast, has a big and … Continue reading ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Novels

ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Introduction

Jake Casella Brookins This year’s Hugo Awards are nearly upon us—voting wraps up in mid-November, with the awards to be presented in December. The Hugos are a pretty big deal in the speculative fiction world, but not all fans and scholars of the genre follow the awards, nominated works, or surrounding controversies very closely: this … Continue reading ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Introduction

Theorizing Uneven Distributions: Review of William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture, edited by Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges

Theorizing Uneven Distributions: Review of William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture, edited by Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges Jake Casella Brookins Under Review: William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture. Edited by Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges . University of Iowa Press, March 15, 2021. William Gibson and the Futures … Continue reading Theorizing Uneven Distributions: Review of William Gibson and the Futures of Contemporary Culture, edited by Mitch R. Murray and Mathias Nilges

Prayers, Justice, and a Spot of Tea: Review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

Prayers, Justice, and a Spot of Tea: Review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison Jake Casella Brookins Under Review: The Witness for the Dead. By Katherine Addison. Tor Books, June 22, 2021. Hopepunk is a genre I’m occasionally skeptical of. Not of its goals, but of its existence as a movement: despite … Continue reading Prayers, Justice, and a Spot of Tea: Review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

Dangerous Knowledge in the Garden: Review of The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Dangerous Knowledge in the Garden: Review of The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey Jake Casella Brookins Under Review: The Echo Wife. Sarah Gailey. Tor Books, 2021. Cloning has been used for horrific effect back to at least Brave New World (1932), focusing on its “unnaturalness” and the uncanniness of the doppelgänger, and was foreshadowed in … Continue reading Dangerous Knowledge in the Garden: Review of The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Patterns, Guts: Style and Substance in This Is How You Lose The Time War

Patterns, Guts: Style & Substance in This Is How You Lose The Time War Jake Casella Brookins Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This Is How You Lose The Time War took home major genre awards, and developed an unusually intense fanbase for a standalone novella. It needs no defending. I was fortunate to read it … Continue reading Patterns, Guts: Style and Substance in This Is How You Lose The Time War