Essays

Top Five Myths about YA

In the time since I’ve started editing young adult fiction for the Kaleidoscope imprint at Twelfth Planet Press, I’ve learned a lot about what people do and don’t think about YA. In particular, I’ve seen a lot of people dismiss it as unimportant, insubstantial, all the same, and for kids. Essentially this is the exact […]

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It’s the Big One

The Hugo Award is the science fiction and fantasy field’s most recognizable award. It is voted by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), where writers take center stage. The award honors excellence in written SF/F and other forms as well. Novels and various lengths of short fiction compete in their own categories. Hugos […]

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Cushing in Space

Are there any words more delightful in a movie’s opening titles than “Peter Cushing?” Of course there aren’t—well, not for me, anyway. Cushing’s presence in a film means that no matter the nonsensical depths to which it may sink (and Cushing has been in a lot of nonsense) there’ll be smashing scenes that rise above […]

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Afrofuturism Rising

When people ask me to share my introduction to Afrofuturism, I usually look to my freshman year of college. As a student at Clark Atlanta University, I was befriended by a sci–fi lover from Philly who championed what I’d later know as Afrofuturism. It was the defining philosophy of his emerging adult life. In our […]

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