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    Review of Once Upon a Fact

    by  • August 8, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Once Upon a Fact

    Once Upon a Fact (Wildside Press, LLC, 2018) is a collection of 18 retellings of fairy tales and other traditional stories with a science fiction twist, edited by Katherine Tomlinson. In stories that are both familiar and unfamiliar, these authors envision what fairy tales of the future might look like. As is the case...

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    An Interview with Lin Darrow

    by  • August 7, 2018 • Interviews • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Pyre at the Eyreholme Trust

    Our interview for today is with author Lin Darrow, whose story “Caro Cho and the Empire of Light” will appear in Battling in All Her Finery! DV: Tell us a bit about yourself! Lin Darrow: My name is Lin Darrow! I teach 19th Century fiction by day and write queer noir by night. I also love...

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    Review of Mirror Bound by Rhiannon Held

    by  • August 1, 2018 • Reviews • 0 Comments

    Cover art for Mirror Bound

    Mirror Bound (2018) is a stand-alone urban fantasy novel by MSJ alum Rhiannon Held. Breaking from the tropes of this genre, the story follows Verity, a non-human sidekick to a team of monster-fighting mages. Bound to the leader of that team by another mage, Verity struggles between belonging and independence. Verity comes from a...

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    An Interview with Jennifer Lee Rossman

    by  • July 31, 2018 • Interviews • 0 Comments

    Author Jennifer Lee Rossman

    Today, we’re chatting with Jennifer Lee Rossman, another of our Battling in All Her Finery authors! DV: Tell us a bit about yourself! Jennifer Lee Rossman: I’m an autistic, wheelchair-using sci-fi geek who cross stitches. So yes, I’m a *ton* of fun at parties. DV: What inspired you to write “The Leximancer’s Rebellion” for Battling...

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    Strange Science: Flying Spiders

    by  • July 27, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Small spider in a circular web

    Warning, today’s post contains spiders. Young spiders often use strands of their silk to “balloon” from place to place, but scientists have recently discovered that spiders are also able to use electrical fields to travel vast distances, sometimes hundreds of miles. Thunderstorms cause an electrical field that spans the globe, giving the upper atmosphere...

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    Strange Science: Regions of the Brain Involved in Dreaming

    by  • July 20, 2018 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Diagram of a human brain

    Science has long believed that in the human brain, dreams largely occurred  during the rapid eye-movement (REM) phase of sleep, but scientists studying dreams recently have learned that different types of dreams occur in different parts of the brain, and at different times in the sleep cycle. Specifically, they learned that “dreaming about faces...

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