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Book Questions: Name a book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

    A series I wish had gone on longer: the SF trilogy by Karin Lowachee, comprising "Warchild", "Burndive" and "Cagebird". Fascinating characters, interesting and believable world-building, and a protagonist - I'm thinking of Cairo Azarcon here - I just couldn't get enough of. How I wish there was more.

    A book series I wish would just freaking end already: George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire", which was wonderful through, say, the first three books; then has become more and more dull as it continues. It should have got to the point and ended by now.
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From LJ's Fannish Five: Name your five favorite spaceships.

The first three were easy:
  1. Serenity... )
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One of my favourite authors of all time is Karin Lowachee, author of a brilliant series of books, Warchild, Burndive, and Cagebird. She has also published two short stories (that I know of), one in the anthology Mythspring and one in the anthology So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy.

And I happen to think So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy is one of the worst book titles I've ever come across. Really. For one thing, it's a mouthful. For another, it reeks of academic pretensions. (Maybe it was necessary, to get grant money?) You have to decode it to discover the theme of the anthology: Canadian SF with an ethnic slant.

The Karin Lowachee story is The Forgotten Ones. It's beautifully written. It isn't as heavy on plot as her other works, but it's full of mood and tension. It begins: "In the twilight, my brother Hava's eyes glow red."

A few other comments about it... )

Nalo Hopkinson is the co-editor of this anthology, but she doesn't actually have a story in it, which disappoints me. I've been wanting to read her work. She does have some interesting things to say in the introduction:
I ... was struggling with what seemed like the unholy marriage of race consciousness and science fiction sensibility.... To be a person of colour writing science fiction is to be under suspicion of having internalized one's colonization. I knew that I'd have to fight this battle at some point in my career, but I wasn't ready.

... What you hold in your hand is the result; stories that take the meme of colonizing the natives and, from the experience of the colonizee, critique it, pervert it, fuck with it, with irony, with anger, with humour, and also, with love and respect for the genre of science fiction that makes it possible to think about new ways of doing things.

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The guests of honour at Ad Astra, the science fiction convention in Toronto, didn't interest me this year. But Karin Lowachee did, and she was going to be doing a reading. That made it worth going to the con, for me. She is the best new author I've discovered in years.

Her books, if you don't know them (and haven't heard me enthuse about them yet) are Warchild, Burndive, and Cagebird, all set in the same universe - I call it the Macedon universe, because of the ship on which much of the action is set, though I haven't heard other people call it that. Psychology, adolescence, and boys warped by war - I can't think of an easy way to describe these books in a few words, so I won't try. Brilliant, flawed, more than worth reading and rereading. I'll try to make my comments on the talk spoiler-free, so don't worry about what you'll learn here if you haven't read them.

So... Highlights of her talk... )


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