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Clavis Aurea #28 (Sabrina Vourvoulias, Morrigan Phillips, Diane Cook)

by on Apr 30, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

We’ve come a long way since the unjust imprisonment of Edmund Dantes. For one thing, we no longer frame political imprisonment as an individual problem – a stroke of awful luck that the prisoner needs to cope with – but as a social problem. Fiction that turns the pen on the system rather...

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Clavis Aurea #27 (David K. Yeh, Heather Clitheroe, Brooke Wonders)

by on Apr 9, 2015 in Blog, Nonfiction | 0 comments

I read a manifesto recently that described a lot of current SFF as “niche, academic, overtly to the Left in ideology and flavor, and ultimately lacking what might best be called visceral, gut-level, swashbuckling fun.” I’m sympathetic to this author’s complaints even if I think niche,...

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Clavis Aurea #26 (Sarah Pinsker, K. A. Gillett, Annie Neugebauer)

by on Mar 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In a way, any story with a child under the age of twelve in it is going to be a horror story for parents. Youth might be a great adventure for kids, but it’s a long, harrowing trial for the parents, let me tell you, with plenty of opportunity for tragedy. How we help our children meet...

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Clavis Aurea #25: Brooke Bolander, K.J. Kabza, Curtis C. Chen

by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

While I understand that a “strong female character” is a fraught idea and that we need to look beyond angry, ass-kicking women with tragic pasts when defining strength, I’m not going to lie – I really like angry, ass-kicking women, though I can take or leave the tragic pasts. The key...

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Clavis Aurea #24: A.C. Wise, Rich Larson, Caroline Yoachim

by on Feb 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Let it not ever be said that kids have it easy. Youth is a wonderful thing, but a thing so wonderful that everybody wants a piece of it. If it’s not Fox pumping Shirley Temple for dimples and giggles, it’s Lady Bathory bathing in the blood of virgins. We’re obsessed with the ideal of...

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