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The first trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looks GREAT.

➝ Apparently, Disney’s The Lion Guard, a television spinoff of The Lion King, features a honey badger who is Timon and Pumbaa’s adoptive kid. I will take this as confirmation that they are canon and will brook no disagreement.

The DC Super Hero Girls doll line from Mattel was designed with input from feminists, bloggers, and academics. So they’re cute, kick-butt, and perfect for the kiddos in your life. The holidays are right around the corner, people, get thinking.

Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now, thinks diversity in fiction is imposing an agenda on art (which, as we all know, has never contained any messages, let alone entire agendas of them). I’m really disappointed.

Universal’s The Mummy reboot may feature a lady mummy as the eponymous undead. Please don’t whitewash; please be good; remember that campy is a kind of good.

Thor: Ragnarok may introduce Valkyrie and, implicitly, the Enchantress to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fun fact: the Enchantress used to be one of Dazzler’s main villains, because Dazzler beat her at an audition for which the Enchantress failed to prepare to the point of smoking beforehand. She then left the building via reverse Kool-Aid Man.

Amora Incantare, I love you. (Also, her sister, Lorelei, already actually exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So make it so!)


➝ Don't forget, you have until October 31st to fill in our Short Business: Short Fiction Survey for July 2015 - September 2015. We want to hear all about your favs.

Yuletide sign ups are now open. I really enjoyed doing Yuletide last year even though I got my offering in so close to the wire.

➝ Laurie Penny wrote an amazingly spot on article about Britain, petty charges of political correctness and cake — Cake or Death: Why the Great British Bake Off is the best thing on television. I love it and it makes me want to write my essay about why we all need shows like Bake Off at this particular time in history.

➝ Jenny and Memory have a new column at Shiny New Books which is all about the new YA releases they're looking forward to. I'm really proud to say I set this up.

Charlie Brown goes to Salem's Lot. Great crossover fan art :)

➝ These self-care animal illustrations by Kate Allan are so cute.

➝ Finally, this week, I discovered Serial Box Publishing — a serial subscription service for fiction. In the words of the creators:

Serial Box brings everything that’s awesome about TV (easily digestible episodes, team written, new content every week) to what was already cool about books (well-crafted stories, talented authors, enjoyable anywhere).
Like TV, we release a new episode of our serials every week and serials typically run for seasons of 10-16 weeks. Easy to pick up, episodes are enjoyable on their own but build over the course of the season to tell a bigger story. Each episode is available in ebook and audio and takes about 40 minutes to enjoy.
Malinda Lo and Max Gladstone are involved so you know it's going to be good.


➝ Okay, I am a naive person, because I thought Francine Pascal had written at least some of the Sweet Valley books. I'M SHOCKED: 14 Things You Might Not Know About 'Sweet Valley High'.

This demystified some of the comics pre-ordering stuff that confuses the crap out of me. My poor comics guy has been trying to explain the system to me for a year. Why is this system so utterly broken for both creators and readers???

Speculative Fiction 2015 is open for submissions!

➝ Excellent resource: 170+ International SFF Authors to Read.

➝ I was over at the B&N SFF Blog with a review of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Book Acquisitions

Added TBR: Beyond: the Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology by Sfe R. Monster, Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott, Legend by Marie Lu, The Vital Abyss by James S.A. Corey


➝ If you, like me, have been squinting at your twitter feeds and asking why it's exploding about something called Hamilton, [personal profile] rydra_wong has written to quick explanation and round up to explain what's going on!

[tumblr.com profile] barbaraescreve, a reader and author from Brazil, is trying to start a conversation about books in translation, and about how diversity in American novels actually affects the diversity in books available to other countries. I really recommend checking out her post.

➝ One of the good things to come out of Sufragette is how many people are talking about the women of colour who were a major part of the movement, which led me to this post from last year on Asian suffragettes from Shahida Rahman, which offers a quick profile of Sophie Duleep Singh and Bhikaji Cama and their political activism.

Date: 2015-10-23 05:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jb_slasher
Halp! There is no link for 170+ International SFF Authors to Read?

Date: 2015-10-23 01:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
Sorry! Link is fixed, and it's at http://www.leoconnacht.com/wp/2015/10/170-international-sff-authors-to-read/ :D Thanks for the head's up.

Date: 2015-10-23 06:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
That 170 authors list is great (although as far as I can tell I already know all the French authors on it and afaik Mélanie Fazi hasn't had any of her works translated into English). Do you know how I can contact the author?

Date: 2015-10-23 08:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lynnoconnacht
Fazi has had at least one of her shorter pieces translated and published in one of the Apex Books of World SF. Since the list doesn't differentiate based on story length, authors whose short fiction has been translated were also included. ^_^ It's a bit of a treasure hunt to find what you're looking for, but hopefully people will end up having fun with that!

Also, hi! You can contact me via DW here or use the contact form on my blog. Either works for me. ^_^ (And thank you again for the recommendations. <3 Most of the French authors on the list were ones you recommended/mentioned to me, which is why you know them. I'm afraid I know very little about French literature in general.)


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