I can put Murder Schoolgirls everywhere

Okay, so this isn’t TECHNICALLY about murder schoolgirls. Over at Tor.com, I’ve got a list of book & anime pairings for anyone looking for a great school story. As a long-time fan of both speculative fiction and anime, one common thread I’ve noticed in both media is the enduring presence of The School Story. PlentyContinue reading “I can put Murder Schoolgirls everywhere”

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Some of the coolest women in SF/F are moms

My newest at The Portalist lists 8 of my favorite moms of speculative fiction: These women come in many forms, from the women who raised us to the teachers and role models we’ve found in the world around us—even in fiction. While I couldn’t possibly fit them all on one list, here are eight genreContinue reading “Some of the coolest women in SF/F are moms”

Throwback Thursday: Quidditch Player Cosplay Jackets

Cosplay is a geek hobby I never really got into. Part of it was because I didn’t have access to my mom’s sewing machine while living in the college dorms. Part of it was the expense. (Because materials cost money.) But last summer, I got a secondhand sewing machine that belonged to my grandmother, andContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Quidditch Player Cosplay Jackets”

Banned Books Week 2011: Name Your Poison

Banned Books Week, an observation held each year by the American Library Association, starts today and lasts through October 1, the end of this week, to raise awareness of books that are currently or have been banned from schools, libraries, and more simply because they were controversial. Some books that have been banned include J.Continue reading “Banned Books Week 2011: Name Your Poison”