Practically everyone I know loves Cloud Atlas except me. David Mitchell’s 2004 novel is ambitious and clever, I can see that, combining six storylines, each written in a very different style, all loosely connected by a shared vision of human weakness and impending (self-)destruction. (Actually, “novel” hardly seems an adequate term for this kind of […]

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“Why are things as they are? Must they be as they are? What might they be like if they were otherwise? To ask these questions is to admit the contingency of reality, or at least to allow that our perception of reality may be incomplete… There really is nothing to fear in fantasy unless you are afraid of the freedom of uncertainty.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

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September 19-21 I’ll be appearing in Leipzig at Elstercon 2014, talking about James Tiptree, Jr., with my award-winning German translator, Margo Jane Warnken. Appropriately enough, considering Tiptree’s work, the theme of the con is “Crime Scene: The Future.”  

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Saturday, Aug. 30, at 3 pm at the American Book Center in Amsterdam, I’ll be interviewing Corinne Duyvis, author of the widely praised YA fantasy Otherbound. She’s a young Amsterdam novelist and artist who writes and publishes in English. Her debut is a gripping read with an original approach to themes of disability, diversity, and […]

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My review of Lisa See’s China Dolls is out now in the summer issue of Ms. Magazine. The novel draws on the unknown (to me) history of San Francisco’s Forbidden City nightclub and the Asian-American entertainers who worked there. While I was writing I kept looking up more images and footage, great stuff like the […]

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My German translator, Margo Jane Warnken, has won the Kurd Laßwitz Preis 2014 for best science fiction translation for James Tiptree Jr. – Das Doppelleben der Alice B. Sheldon (Septime Verlag, 2013). Congratulations, Margo, and many thanks to Septime Verlag, who are in the process of publishing the complete works of James Tiptree, Jr., in […]

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Welcome to my new website! I’ve put together a selection of my recent articles and posted them here: on Toni Morrison and Michael Chabon, A.S. Byatt and Patti Smith, the art of the love letter, the Lost Continent of Mu, a Turkish writer in Amsterdam, and “Mrs. Dalloway” in the 21st century. Taken together they […]

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