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  1. I Am No Man: The Guardian Issues a Progress Report on Female Writers in Genre Fiction

    Accio gender parity!

    In the wake of this year's controversial Hugo Awards ballot, science fiction and fantasy might seem less welcoming to women than ever--but according to The Guardian, 2015 will see an unprecedented number of female-written and female-centric genre books hitting our shelves.

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  2. Holy Tesseract, You Can Now Read a Never-Before-Seen Passage From A Wrinkle in Time

    This seems fitting.

    Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis manages her late grandmother's estate full-time, and discovered a game-changing piece of text several years ago while doing research for A Wrinkle in Time's fiftieth anniversary edition.

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  3. Two Hugo-Nominated Authors Withdraw Their Works From The Awards This Year

    This is what THIS puppy thinks of the Sad Puppies

    We've been writing a lot about the Hugo/Sad Puppy Controversy this year - particularly the thorough responses by George R.R. Martin about what the Hugos have seemingly become. Well, now other authors are expressing their dissatisfaction with what the Hugos have become by withdrawing entirely from the proceedings.

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  4. George R.R. Martin Talks Gamergate, Online Hate and Representation of Straight White Men

    "There was never any need for Sad Puppies to "take back" the Hugos. The feminists, minorities, literary cliques, and Social Justice Warriors never took them in the first place."

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  5. George R.R. Martin Continues to Address ‘Puppy-gate’ Controversy, Says the Hugo Awards May Be Broken

    After publishing an initial blog post yesterday afternoon addressing the controversy surrounding this year's Hugo Awards ballot, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin went on last night to engage with sci-fi and fantasy fans on both sides of the debate and to share several pieces of writing about the fiasco that he's calling 'puppy-gate.'

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  6. [UPDATED] George R.R. Martin and Others Speak Out Over Hugo Awards Controversy

    This afternoon George R.R. Martin took to his Livejournal to address a growing controversy that, although seemingly niche even relative to the already niche world of geekdom, is indicative of a problem in Internet culture overall. And yes, 'gate' is unfortunately an applicable term here.

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  7. Ursula K. Le Guin On Gender, a Possible HBO Adaptation, and the Double Standards Faced by Female Writers

    "You know, what the hell?"

    At 85, National Book Award Winner Ursula K. Le Guin remains a progressive and incredibly valuable voice in genre writing, and in an in-depth, jealousy-inducing recent interview with Den of Geek, she opened up about what it's like to continue creating new content and the changes that she's witnessed throughout her incredible career.

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  8. We Heartily Approve of This Little Girl’s List of Kick-Ass Fictional Ladies

    I am no man!

    Fantasy and young adult literature can get a bad rap sometimes, but Mia's list of some of her favorite heroines is a perfect breakdown of why strong female characters like Katniss or Divergent's Tris are so important. Reminder: you don't need to be in the target demographic to benefit from reading these character's stories, either. The qualities they embody are always relevant, whether you're a young adult or just a plain old grownup.

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  9. Ursula K. LeGuin Accepted Lifetime Achievement Award From Neil Gaiman Last Night; Can Still Give a Speech Like No One’s Business

    Guinning.

    Gaiman said of last night's event, "I do not remember being happier than getting to give Ursula LeGuin her award."

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  10. Awesome Mini-Documentary Celebrating Female Sci-Fi And Fantasy Authors

    More like dealing with emotions, Patricia C. Wrede.

    Open Road Media has created this great video featuring sci-fi and fantasy heavyweights like Patricia C. Wrede, Ellen Datlow, Elizabeth Hand and N.K. Jemison.

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  11. Neil Gaiman to Present Ursula K. Le Guin With Lifetime Achievement Award

    High five, hand of darkness!

    On November 19th, beloved author Ursula K. Le Guin will join the ranks of Ray Bradbury and Arthur Miller when she receives the National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her contribution to "American literary heritage." The award will be presented to Le Guin by Neil Gaiman, because sometimes the world is a beautiful and fantastical place.

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  12. Julianne Moore Vamps It Up In New Trailer for Fantasy Actioner Seventh Son

    Was that an AXE BONE WHIP?!

    Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges as a witch-hunter, Ben Barnes as his first-day-on-the-job apprentice, and Julianne Moore as a dragon-witch thing, has been floundering around for a while now–we first told you about it over a year ago. Watching this new trailer, I can’t imagine why Legendary Pictures hasn't rushed to get this absolute gem into theaters.

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  13. The Pern Effect: Fantasy Books From the ’60s and Beyond That Deserve the Big-Screen Treatment

    Breathe deep. Seek peace.

    TAMORA PIERCE, HOLLYWOOD!

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  14. John Stamos to Play Jousting, Singing Knight on Musical Fantasy Sitcom Galavant

    You got it, dude.

    Did you forget about Galavant, ABC's upcoming sitcom that's like if someone put The Princess Bride, Spamalot, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Psych (LASSIE!) in a blender and hit purée? If you're A) nostalgic for the '90s, B) a yogurt enthusiast, or C) a living, breathing human being, I have some casting news that might catch your attention: John "John motherf***ing Stamos" Stamos is going to be a guest star. Yeah, that's what I said.

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  15. This Chart Graphs Diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy Films. Guess How Wide The Gap Is?

    Yikes. That's, like, Gap of Rohan big.

    As this graph shows, we have a really, really long way to go when it comes to depicting diversity in these genres.

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  16. There Are Two Competing Tolkien Documentaries Currently in the Works

    What's the Elvish word for "market oversaturation?"

    Two different companies are creating documentaries about author J.R.R. Tolkien's life. One focuses on his early years and the other on his relationship with fellow author C.S. Lewis.

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  17. The Mary Sue Reviews and Interviews: Leila del Duca, Creator of Shutter

    Interview

    Shutter starts out with an innocuous enough backstory. Well, it even starts out with me looking at our proto-protagonist Kate Kristopher and thinking "You're wrong, kid. So wrong." I'd kill to be mucking around on the moon for no particular reason. Probably drawing lewd things with moon rocks so they can be seen from Earth. Hey man, no one said I had to be classy while I explored new frontiers, did they?

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  18. Behold! The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees!

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags. The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention). The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or...ah...have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.

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  19. The Nebula Award Nominees (That You Can Read Free Online)

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    The Nebula Award Nominees are out this week, and as usual we have tried to provide you with links to where you can read at least some of them for free online. So far as we were able to quickly Google. This turns out to be a lot! Congratulations to the twice nominated Alaya Dawn Johnson, to our friends at Apex magazine for earning a nomination for Rachel Swirsky "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love," and to Pacific Rim. We really hope you win Best Dramatic Presentation, because we love you.

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  20. Witches, Wise Women, and Widows: A Cultural Look at Viking RPG The Banner Saga

    Essay

    There was a storm warning in Reykjavík the night I started playing The Banner Saga. As my computer booted and my tea steeped, I made the rounds in my apartment, securing the latches of my windows — double-paned, of course, to keep the cold out. Bare birch branches writhed eerily outside, and the sky, which had danced pink and green four nights prior, was coal gray. It was a good night for a Viking story. I glanced at my watch as I launched the game. I had to start playing, but I was eager for my partner to come home. Most Icelanders I’ve met have a strong affinity for their heritage, but my partner is a cultural paladin. Our shelves are crammed with epic poetry, archaeological resources, and dictionaries of dead languages. When my mom came to visit last summer, my partner had a story (or a song) for every mountain and waterfall we drove past. There’s a single-handed battle axe resting against her bedside table. Y’know, just in case. I didn't want her to play the game with me. I wanted her to snark.

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