ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Short Stories

Jake Casella Brookins The Hugo for Best Novel is arguably “the big one”. Other awards are important recognitions of and commentaries on the the field and its communities—but, personally, for me, the Hugo for Best Short Story is the most valuable: I don’t get around to reading much new short fiction through the year, so … Continue reading ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Short Stories

ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Novelettes

Jake Casella Brookins Ah, the Hugo for Best Novelette, which is also a perennial excuse to go “wait, what’s a novelette again?” Shorter than a novella, longer than a short story, novelettes exist in a bit of a limbo for most readers—they’re infrequently available as standalone printed books, and perhaps less likely to be included … Continue reading ARB Guide to the ’21 Hugos: Novelettes

The SFF Librarian Reviews: Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

SFF Librarian Reviews Jeremy Brett As a voracious reader, and as someone for whom science fiction and fantasy are part of my daily job as a science fiction librarian, I come across a lot of wonderful work in these genres. I love bringing to the attention of interested readers books and authors that bring me … Continue reading The SFF Librarian Reviews: Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

The Intricate Simplicity of Flash Fiction: Review of The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales by Yoon Ha Lee

The Intricate Simplicity of Flash Fiction: Review of The Fox's Tower and Other Tales by Yoon Ha Lee Danica Stojanovic Under Review: The Fox's Tower and Other Tales. By Yoon Ha Lee. Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 5, 2021. The Fox’s Tower and Other Stories is a poetic, rapid-moving collection of flash fiction published by Lee … Continue reading The Intricate Simplicity of Flash Fiction: Review of The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales by Yoon Ha Lee

Queerness and the Southern Gothic: Lee Mandelo’s Summer Sons

Queerness and the Southern Gothic: Review of Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo Ellie Campbell Under Review: Summer Sons. By Lee Mandelo. Tordotcom, September 28, 2021 Since the early days of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto and Matthew Lewis’ The Monk, Gothic works (and, later, horror literature) have linked queerness and monstrosity. The Southern Gothic … Continue reading Queerness and the Southern Gothic: Lee Mandelo’s Summer Sons

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

She’s Got That Pirate Salt: Review of The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater

She's Got That Pirate Salt: Review of The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater Jennifer Jodell Under Review: The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper. By A.J. Fitzwater. Queen of Swords Press, April 2020. A. J. Fitzwater’s The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper is a joyful collection of seven linked stories chronicling the life … Continue reading She’s Got That Pirate Salt: Review of The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater

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

Eating Culture: A Review of Sifton Tracey Anipare’s Yume

Eating Culture: A Review of Sifton Tracey Anipare’s Yume Shinjini Dey Under Review: Yume. By Sifton Tracey Anipare. Rare Machine Books, October 12, 2021. Sifton Tracey Anipare’s Yume is enveloped in a colourful haze. It is an odd novel, coupling the monotony of alienation with the curiosities of popular culture without quite delving deep into … Continue reading Eating Culture: A Review of Sifton Tracey Anipare’s Yume

The SFF Librarian Reviews: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

SFF Librarian Reviews Jeremy Brett As a voracious reader, and as someone for whom science fiction and fantasy are part of my daily job as a science fiction librarian, I come across a lot of wonderful work in these genres. I love bringing to the attention of interested readers books and authors that bring me … Continue reading The SFF Librarian Reviews: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho