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N.K. Jemisin’s #AntiFascistSFF and Gail Simone’s #ComicsHateNazis Are the Inspiration You Need on This Monstrous Day

Get through today with some inspiration from the #AntiFascistSFF and #ComicsHateNazis hashtags.

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Soothe Yourself With The Gentle Song of Space Whales

Panacée, a short animated film from Vimeo user NALEB (a.k.a Jules Boulain-Adenis), follows two women astronauts as they discover the magical biodiversity of an alien world.

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12 Fantasy Books with Powerful Female Warriors

These characters won't back down.

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Cover Reveal: Reign of the Fallen Makes the Case for Greater Bi Visibility in Fiction

Reign of the Fallen is an upcoming fantasy series about a skilled necromancer who must come face-to-face with an enemy that turned her magic into a weapon.

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Author Megan Whalen Turner Talks Fantasy, Inspiration, and Her New Queen’s Thief Novel: Thick As Thieves

We had a chat with Megan Whalen Turner about Thick as Thieves as well as the full Queen's Thief saga.

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The State of Feminism in Young Adult Fantasy: Viewing Femininity as a Strength, Not a Weakness

Erin Beaty, author of The Traitor's Kiss, writes about the state of feminism within young adult fantasy novels. You don't have to be masculine to be a hero.

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Check Out This Preview for Roar, Featuring Magic and Fantasy and Stormy Weather, Oh My

Hey gang! We've got a pretty sweet preview to share with you today from our friends at Tor!

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13 Fantasy Books Featuring Teens with Magical Abilities

It's a whole new world for these teens navigating the rocky road of growing up while learning how to control their newfound powers.

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We Make the Multiverse: How Sci-Fi and Fantasy Can Save the World

In a sociopolitical climate defined by fear, uncertainty, and divisiveness, speculative fiction in all its forms is more critical than ever.

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Exclusive: The Cover for Beth Cato’s Upcoming Novel Call of Fire Is, Well, Fire

If you love steampunk you're probably familiar with the work of The Clockwork Dagger author, Beth Cato. You may have even read 2016's Breath of Earth, which was the beginning of a new fantasy series from Cato focused on a mixed-race geomancer named Ingrid in an alternate 1906. Now, her second novel in that series, Call of Fire, is set to arrive next year, and Harper Voyager has given us this exclusive first look at its beautiful cover!

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Why Your Life Needs More of The Adventure Zone

In case you enjoyed Monster Factory; good, good goofs; or unexpected tidal waves of feeling.

Three idiots, nee adventurers, walk into a tavern and accept a quest that promises untold amounts of fortune, glory, and definitely not any betrayal or untimely death. It goes real bad. Thus begins The Adventure Zone, a comedy D&D podcast that thoroughly won the heart of this total tabletop newbie.

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Hex11 #8 Is Animated, Action-Packed, Literally Magical

Hex11 is an action-packed story for fans of YA dystopian fantasy and sci-fi worlds, and it manages to feel familiar and new all at once.

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Let’s Stop Waiting for Our Hogwarts Letters: Why You Don’t Need to Be the “Chosen One” to Be Magical

When I was a kid, I used to add "magic wand" to my birthday wish list every year. (I would have settled for a charmed amulet or even a mildly enchanted paperclip.) I routinely checked the back of my closet for the entrance to Narnia. And I was always on the look-out for a stray dragon's egg in the woods behind my house that would hatch a friendly, telepathic, teleporting dragon, because they were oh-so-common in central Massachusetts.

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A Tale of Two Magicians: How SyFy’s TV Adaptation Left Alice Quinn Behind

When I read the first installment of the Magicians series, I dug book Alice even more than I had on TV—and realized that SyFy's Alice didn’t get the ending she deserved. And it’s hard to pinpoint why.

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Writing Fenris: Why We Need More Trans Heroes in Genre Fiction

Fenris Braun is the most loved and talked-about character in my new alternate history novel, Breath of Earth. He is an acerbic scene-stealer with a slim form and a practiced glower. He's effusive in his childlike joy of machines, especially his cobbled-together passenger airship, the Palmetto Bug. Fenris is also a trans man.

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Writing For Me: How Fantasy Tropes Can Bring Out the Power of Being a Fangirl

I wanted to write a story that not only was different than what was normally told, but pointed out why diversity is important. That not only contains it, but also discusses it. I wanted to write a book that makes the readers intensely aware that it is a book. And yet still be entertaining.

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This Year’s Hugo Awards Honor Diverse Authors, Shrug Off Sad Internet Campaign

N.K. Jemisin took the award for "Best Novel" for The Fifth Season.

The 2016 Hugo Awards were announced last night at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO, and after an attempt by an online group to once again derail the list of winners it was made even more satisfying when all four Hugo fiction categories were awarded to women, with two of them being women of color.

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Why Is Feminism in Fantasy So Important?

Because sometimes you need more than "it just IS, okay?"

Have you ever been in a situation where a conversation heads into a topic you are so passionate about that you can’t actually express your feelings on it? A topic you have spent so much time thinking about, so much time raging about (often within the confines of your own skull) that when another person turns to you and says “So why is this such a big deal anyway?” you find yourself unable to speak? That’s how I reacted when I was asked to write about the importance of feminism in fantasy.

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How Creating Inclusive Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sparked a Culture War

Hi, I'm Lynne M. Thomas. I’m the co-editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Uncanny Magazine, along with my husband, Michael Damian Thomas. And according to Wired, I’m partially responsible for sparking a culture war.

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More Than “Strong”: Why Men Need to Write More Complex Female Characters

I remember when first daring to write a novel in first person with a female protagonist that I feared it wouldn’t work. I’d written about vampires, werewolves, ogres, and ghost dogs, but I was genuinely concerned that writing from the perspective of an undead, cannibal, witch woman would be beyond my abilities. That instinct says everything about how we guys (specifically cisgender ones like myself) are trained to view gender in fiction.

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