Month: July 2014

On Why We Love Reading the Classics

Even though I read and write a lot of future-focused fiction, so many of my favorite books would be classified as classics. I thought that just made me old-school until Edith Wharton enlightened me today. Edith let me know I just have a taste for stories with ‘irrepressible freshness’. True, her ‘classics’ were different from those works I now think of as classics, but it still … Read More On Why We Love Reading the Classics

On Thor Being a Woman

Part of me doesn’t want to gush and clap and coo over Marvel’s announcement today that Thor will be a woman in the studio’s upcoming comics. Roughly half the planet is female so seeing the female gender more present and protagonistic in works of science fiction and fantasy should be an everyday kind of thing. It’s not. But stuff like this means it’s getting better. … Read More On Thor Being a Woman

Books as Proof that Humans Can Do Magic

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing … Read More Books as Proof that Humans Can Do Magic