I came late to the fantasy world of Terry Pratchett, and I might never have come there at all if hadn’t been for A.S. Byatt. In 2011 in Amsterdam I interviewed her for Trouw, and afterward we were talking about her book Ragnarok and science fiction when she asked me if I had read Pratchett. […]

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Radio producer Eric Molinsky interviewed me in New York in October for a half-hour podcast on James Tiptree, Jr. At the time I I thought I was brilliant. Listening to it now I think that must have been a jet-lag-induced illusion. But Eric did a terrific job. It makes me wish there were recordings of […]

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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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