Category Archives: Books

Cosmos Latinos – #WITMonth

One of the best ways to acquaint yourself with fiction from Latin America remains the fabulous Cosmos Latinos anthology which I reviewed for Emerald City back in 2004. It contains stories by both Latina authors I have mentioned thus far: … Continue reading

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Daína Chaviano – #WITMonth

Cubans come in two types: those who still live in Cuba, and those who have left to live elsewhere in the world (often the USA). Daína Chaviano falls into the latter group, but she still counts as one of Latin … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Australians!

It was my great pleasure to welcome four Australian writers into the Women’s Outlook studio today. Cat Sparks, Donna Hanson, Rob Hood and Matt Ferrer are on vacation together after Worldcon and kindly agreed to come and talk to me … Continue reading

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VanderMeers in Bristol

Last night I got to interview two of my favorite people: Ann & Jeff VanderMeer. This was at an event at The Lansdown co-sponsored by BristolCon, Bristol Festival of Literature, Small Stories and Wizard’s Tower. I don’t think I was … Continue reading

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Angélica Gorodischer – #WITMonth

This week’s prompt for Women in Translation Month is the Americas, so naturally I am starting with Argentina’s Angélica Gorodischer. Small Beer press have her Trafalgar, translated by Amalia Gladhart, and next year they will be publishing Prodigies, translated by … Continue reading

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Eurocon – Recommended Reading

The following recommendations come from the panels on translations, on non-Anglo SF&F, and on Polish SF. These are from Andrzej Sapkowski who, much to my delight, came to the translations panel with a printed list: Miroslav Žamboch (Czech) – Nuclear … Continue reading

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Fighting Airship Wins Battle

Bristol-based blogger, Joanna Papageorgiou, is running a “battle of the books” type event to find the best fiction set in Bristol. You may remember that Colinthology lost out to the excellent Heartman a few weeks back. In today’s post Joanna … Continue reading

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Kontakt – #WITMonth

I’ve been slacking a bit on the Women in Translation Month this week because I’ve been rushing around too much. I’m making up for it now with my first post on this week’s topic: Central & Eastern Europe. Not only … Continue reading

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A Monster Hunters Review

On Twitter today Juliet McKenna posted a link to this review of her latest book, Challoner, Murray & Balfour: Monster Hunters at Law. Here are a few choice extracts: I haven’t read any of her other books and am very … Continue reading

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Sara Bergmark Elfgren – #WITMonth

I missed the official LGBT focus on Wednesday due to being stupidly busy, but today is the official kids & YA day so I’m taking you on a trip to Engelsfors. This small Swedish town is the setting for a … Continue reading

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Rochita Loenen-Ruiz & Eliza Victoria – #WITMonth

There’s a wealth of speculative fiction writers in The Philippines. Many of them are women. The ones I am familiar with all write in English, though I am sure there will be some who write in Tagalog, and quite possibly … Continue reading

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Worldcon – Day 0

I headed to London straight from the studio to be in time to catch up with Rina & Jacob from Tachyon Publications, and Rani Graff from Israel, for dinner. There was a party at Rina & Jacob’s apartment last night, … Continue reading

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Aliette De Bodard – #WITMonth

Aliette lives in France and writes in English, but she’s well worth listing here because of the use of Vietnamese culture in her short fiction. She may not be translating the language, but she is presenting the culture to the … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Piracy, Massage & Old Age

The first segment of yesterday’s show saw me interviewing Huw Powell about his middle grade book, Spacejackers. I was delighted that we had listeners texting us pirate jokes. Huw and I had a good chat about SF for kids, gendered … Continue reading

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Mr. B’s Book Club Does Station 11

If you pay any attention at all to book news on Twitter you will have seen people enthusing about a book called Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel. It isn’t out until September, but already lots of people have … Continue reading

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Europe Wrap-Up – #WITMonth

This is the final day of the Northern & Western Europe focus for Women in Translation Month, so I’ll try to catch up with lots of people whom I have not yet mentioned. Starting in Sweden, we have Sara B. … Continue reading

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Mélanie Fazi – #WITMonth

Our next stop on the European tour for Women in Translation Month is France. For my French episode of Small Blue Planet I spoke to Mélanie Fazi, who has had short fiction published in translation in The Magazine of Fantasy … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Reggae History & Short Stories

Yesterday was Jamaican Independence Day, which I had planned to celebrate with a little bit of discussion of reggae history. We got off to a slightly rocky start because my first guest, Jonathan Pinnock, had trouble finding the studio. Clearly … Continue reading

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Leena Krohn – #WITMonth

It is back to Finland for today’s Women in Translation post. Leena Krohn is one of Finland’s most respected writers. Like Johanna Sinisalo, she was won the Finlandia Prize (Finland’s equivalent of the Booker) and her career dates back to … Continue reading

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Vintage Visions

Yesterday I got a book in the mail. It doesn’t happen often these days, but one publisher I am always happy to hear from is Wesleyan, who produce some marvelous academic books about science fiction. This week#s loot was a … Continue reading

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