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What’s wrong with “strong” female characters? What can we do to fix the Hugo awards? What determines a dystopian society’s dress code? Can a video game affirm our humanity? The Internet has the answers. Speculative Fiction 2013 collects over fifty pieces from all corners of speculative fiction fandom – from book criticism to incisive commentary on important issues like sexual What’s wrong with “strong” female characters? What can we do to fix the Hugo awards? What determines a dystopian society’s dress code? Can a video game affirm our humanity? The Internet has the answers. Speculative Fiction 2013 collects over fifty pieces from all corners of speculative fiction fandom – from book criticism to incisive commentary on important issues like sexual harassment at conventions; from feminist themes in summer blockbusters to life-changing video games; from the merits of grittiness to the downfalls of grimdark. Contributors include: Abigail Nussbaum, Aidan Moher, Alasdair Czyrnyj, Aliette de Bodard, Alyssa Franke, Amal El-Mohtar, Ana Silva, Ann Leckie, Annalee Newitz, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Carrie Sessarego, Chaila, Chiusse, Chris Gerwel, Diane Dooley, E.M. Kokie, Emily Asher-Perrin, Erin Hoffman, Foz Meadows, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Jared Shurin, Jemmy, Jenny Kristine, Jim C. Hines, Joe Abercrombie, Jonathan McCalmont, Justin Landon, Kameron Hurley, Karyn Silverman, Kate Elliott, Leow Hui Min Annabeth, Liz Bourke, Mahvesh Murad, Matt Hilliard, Miguel Rodriguez, N.K. Jemisin, Natalie Luhrs, Niall Alexander, Nina Allan, Orem Chiel, Paul (Sparky), Phoebe North, Renay, Robert Berg, Sam Keeper, Sayantani DasGupta, Shaun Duke, Sophia McDougall, Stefan Raets and Tansy Rayner Roberts. With a foreword by Seanan McGuire and cover by Sarah Anne Langton.


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What’s wrong with “strong” female characters? What can we do to fix the Hugo awards? What determines a dystopian society’s dress code? Can a video game affirm our humanity? The Internet has the answers. Speculative Fiction 2013 collects over fifty pieces from all corners of speculative fiction fandom – from book criticism to incisive commentary on important issues like sexual What’s wrong with “strong” female characters? What can we do to fix the Hugo awards? What determines a dystopian society’s dress code? Can a video game affirm our humanity? The Internet has the answers. Speculative Fiction 2013 collects over fifty pieces from all corners of speculative fiction fandom – from book criticism to incisive commentary on important issues like sexual harassment at conventions; from feminist themes in summer blockbusters to life-changing video games; from the merits of grittiness to the downfalls of grimdark. Contributors include: Abigail Nussbaum, Aidan Moher, Alasdair Czyrnyj, Aliette de Bodard, Alyssa Franke, Amal El-Mohtar, Ana Silva, Ann Leckie, Annalee Newitz, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Carrie Sessarego, Chaila, Chiusse, Chris Gerwel, Diane Dooley, E.M. Kokie, Emily Asher-Perrin, Erin Hoffman, Foz Meadows, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Jared Shurin, Jemmy, Jenny Kristine, Jim C. Hines, Joe Abercrombie, Jonathan McCalmont, Justin Landon, Kameron Hurley, Karyn Silverman, Kate Elliott, Leow Hui Min Annabeth, Liz Bourke, Mahvesh Murad, Matt Hilliard, Miguel Rodriguez, N.K. Jemisin, Natalie Luhrs, Niall Alexander, Nina Allan, Orem Chiel, Paul (Sparky), Phoebe North, Renay, Robert Berg, Sam Keeper, Sayantani DasGupta, Shaun Duke, Sophia McDougall, Stefan Raets and Tansy Rayner Roberts. With a foreword by Seanan McGuire and cover by Sarah Anne Langton.

58 review for Speculative Fiction 2013: The Year's Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary

  1. 4 out of 5

    TheBookSmugglers

    We edited this and it's pretty fucking great. We edited this and it's pretty fucking great.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brooks

    I'm counting this as finished even though there are a few essays I haven't read yet (spoilers for things I've yet to read/watch/etc.) A collection of online essays concerning science fiction / fantasy and their treatment or representation of marginalized populations (people of color, women, LGBTQ were the most common subjects). I like sci-fi/fantasy and I've read quite a bit of online activism concerning these subjects, so this was something that was right up my alley. And it's pretty good. I read I'm counting this as finished even though there are a few essays I haven't read yet (spoilers for things I've yet to read/watch/etc.) A collection of online essays concerning science fiction / fantasy and their treatment or representation of marginalized populations (people of color, women, LGBTQ were the most common subjects). I like sci-fi/fantasy and I've read quite a bit of online activism concerning these subjects, so this was something that was right up my alley. And it's pretty good. I read this cover to cover (minus the exceptions noted at the beginning) which is probably the wrong way to read it. This would be better as something that you dip into here and there since there is not much connection between the various essays. Still I liked it, 3+ stars, and I'll come back to those others once I finish the things discussed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tyrannosaurus regina

    I'm quite an avid reader in fannish dialogues online, so I'd read some of these already, but it was amazing to me how many I hadn't. Though even when I hadn't, particularly in the essays section, I was aware of the ongoing discussions and events in fandom that had prompted them. There was a significant and appreciated effort at diversity within both content and contributors, but I have to say I would've liked to see a little bit more of people taking joy in fandom. Then again, maybe that just wa I'm quite an avid reader in fannish dialogues online, so I'd read some of these already, but it was amazing to me how many I hadn't. Though even when I hadn't, particularly in the essays section, I was aware of the ongoing discussions and events in fandom that had prompted them. There was a significant and appreciated effort at diversity within both content and contributors, but I have to say I would've liked to see a little bit more of people taking joy in fandom. Then again, maybe that just wasn't what people were writing about online in 2013.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Thoroughly fascinating, and now I have even more books on my TBR. :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Teutenberg

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    Michelle Johns

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    Michele

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