Essays

21st Century Heroes—Representation in Marvel and DC’s Cinematic Universes

With continuity–resetting crossovers in the Marvel comics universe and a post–event time jump in the DC universe (coinciding with a new wave of titles and creative teams) this summer, I’ve been thinking again about the relationship between the comics continuities and the cinematic counterparts, and especially the films’ roles as the most well–known incarnations of […]

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Ethics of Reviewing

Several months ago, Justin Landon invited both myself and Amal El–Mohtar onto Rocket Talk to discuss “ethics in literary journalism.” It was a far–ranging and often digressive conversation and it’s a subject I’ve been turning over in my head ever since. There are a lot of ways to approach this issue, as many ways as […]

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Writing Queerly: Three Snapshots

As part of Uncanny Magazine’s Kickstarter campaign, I offered to blog about the subject of a contributor’s choice. D Franklin took me up on it and asked for an essay on the topic of “writing queerly.” In response, I’ve taken three snapshots of works that approach the idea of writing queerly in different ways. I […]

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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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