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Clavis Aurea #33: Rebecca Campbell, JY Yang, Kyle E. Miller

by on Aug 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Body horror is in the eye of the beholder. One person’s eating disorder is another person’s wedding feast; this person’s nightmare about life-stealing parasites is that person’s pregnancy. Using the body to make a reader squirm is almost a cheap device, but managing the opposite takes a...

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Clavis Aurea #32: 2015 Hugo Award edition (Novella)

by on Jul 30, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

The deadline for Hugo voting is imminent. The last of the categories I was willing to read cover to cover, the novellas, continues in the same vein as the nominated short stories ( and novelettes...

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Clavis Aurea #31: 2015 Hugo Award edition (Novelette)

by on Jul 9, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

The five stories nominated in the Hugos’ “Best Novelette” category represent science fiction’s mainstream better than the short story category. The three represented presses – Analog, Lightspeed, and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show – are all SWFA-qualifying venues with...

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Clavis Aurea #30: 2015 Hugo Awards edition (Short Fiction)

by on Jun 11, 2015 in Blog | 7 comments

I will not be coy and pretend I do not know that the contenders for this year’s Hugo Awards are controversial. The nominees in, especially, the short fiction categories have mostly been drawn from the “Rabid Puppies” slate: stories chosen to reflect the values of a vocal ideological...

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Clavis Aurea #29 (Lisa L. Hannett, Zen Cho, Catherynne M. Valente)

by on Jun 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In a lot of more literary speculative fiction, the monsters are allegorical. Familiar creatures can be taken as shorthand for particular themes – unicorns for innocence, dragons for power and so on – in order to invoke a complex cultural history with the clever insertion of a symbol....

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