The Outcast Hours, ed. Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

'The Outcast Hours' edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

The Outcast Hours, a collection of short fiction from brilliant editors Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin, is all about the night. And just like the night, the stories that populate it are frequently unsettling, and full of not-very-nice people. But it’s also full of freedoms—people (and not necessarily people) finding spaces beyond the ordinary in […]

Starlings by Jo Walton

Starlings by Jo Walton

STARLINGS, by Jo Walton Tachyon Publications, 2018 eBook, 187pp   Starlings is a short story collection by Jo Walton, author of such books as the Hugo and Nebula award winning Among Others as well as the Small Change trilogy, beginning with Farthing, and the Thessaly trilogy, beginning with The Just City. Starlings is Walton’s first […]

Read Harder 2017: Retrospective

Read Harder 2017: Retrospective

It’s 2018 already! Oh god oh god how did this happen I’m not ready etc. etc. The fact that I’m not ready should be pretty evident considering the second half of my planned-out 2017 basically evaporated and I spent all the time between September and now clinging on to coping by my fingernails. Things happened: […]

REVIEW: The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera

The Tiger's Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera

THE TIGER’S DAUGHTER, by K Arsenault Rivera Tor Books, 2017 eBook, 295pp The Tiger’s Daughter, by K Arsenault Rivera, is an east Asian-inspired epic fantasy centred on the legendary love story of O-Shizuka, divine empress of Hokkaro, and Barsalyya Shefali, outcast daughter of the leader of the Qorin, a race of nomadic warrior horse-masters. This […]

REVIEW: Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

AUTONOMOUS, Annalee Newitz Tor Books, 2017 eBook, preview excerpt You might know Annalee Newitz from her editorship of excellent  SF culture website io9 and tech sites Gizmodo and Ars Technica, or from her extensive non-fiction writings, including Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction from Doubleday and Anchor (which I bought […]