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Return of the Son of the Bride of the Grimdark Debate

In the early days of this relaunched blog, I wrote several times about the debate about grimdark fantasy, then one of the hottest subgenres on the market, which also attracted its share of criticism both from the left for its … Continue reading

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Some Comments on the 2023 Dragon Award Winners

The winners of the 2023 Dragons Awards were announced today at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia. The full list of winners may be found here. Since it seems I’m committed/cursed to cover the Dragon Awards – coverage of previous years … Continue reading

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The 2023 Dragon Award Finalists: Mostly Good with a Oddities

Does anybody except for me and Camestros Felapton and maybe Doris V. Sutherland still care about the Dragon Awards? I don’t know, but the 2023 Dragon Award finalists have been annunced today. The full list of finalists may be found … Continue reading

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Same Old Debate, New Clothes: The Cozy Horror Controversy

Sigh. It’s that time of the year again and we’re having the same old debate again whether some interlopers are trying to ruin the purity of the genre and gentrify it by writing and reading the wrong sort of books. … Continue reading

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Some Comments on the 2022 Dragon Award Winners

In a feat of terrible scheduling, not only do Chicon 8, the 2022 Worldcon, and DragonCon, the big media con in Atlanta, Georgia, happen on the exact same weekend, no, both Hugos and the Dragon Awards were also handed out … Continue reading

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The 2022 Dragon Award Finalists Look Really Good… With One Odd Exception

As always this time of year, when you’re way too busy with other things, the Dragon Awards decided to drop their 2022 ballot. I sometimes swear they do this on purpose.The Dragon Awards are a fan award given out by … Continue reading

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Of Squeecore and Conan

No, Conan has not been declared “squeecore” yet, though come to think of it, Conan the Cimmerian is a person from a marginalised background who rises to a high position, he’s something of a wish fulfillment character, there is banter … Continue reading

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How To Define a New Subgenre/Trend: The Speculative Epic and an Addendum to the “Squeecore” Debate

I initially put this as an ETA under one of the previous posts in the so-called “squeecore” debate. However, I think it deserves it’s own post. Lincoln Michel has also gotten into the business of defining a new subgenre/trend as … Continue reading

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More on the Squeecore Debate

The so-called “squeecore” debate is still raging and I’ve linked to various entries, responses and comments as ETAs in my other post. However, I think this point deserves a separate post, for Camestros Felapton links to a discussion on Reddit … Continue reading

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Science Fiction Is Never Evenly Distributed

Camestros Felapton has an interesting post on his blog asking if there is a currently dominant mode of speculative fiction. Camestros’ post is a response to two episodes of the Rite Gud podcast, namely this one where host Raquel S. … Continue reading

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