australian author · memoir · non-fiction · own voices

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

‘Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing . . .’ Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke’s life is just like all the other Aussie kids… Continue reading The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

non-fiction · speculative fiction

Influential African-American SF Writers of the 20th Century: Octavia E. Butler

I began writing about power because I had so little, Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler’s life as an African American woman–an alien in American society and among science fiction writers–informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction. Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic… Continue reading Influential African-American SF Writers of the 20th Century: Octavia E. Butler

contemporary · lgbtqia · memoir · non-fiction · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Year in Books 2016 – Part 3 – Contemporary fiction & Non-fiction

My 2016 favourites list in three parts: Part 1 – YA Speculative fiction and fantasy, Part 2 – Adult Speculative fiction and fantasy & Part 3 – Contemporary fiction and Non-fiction. Thanks to all the readers who have dropped by for these lists! Onto the final one: Contemporary fiction Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison A great… Continue reading Year in Books 2016 – Part 3 – Contemporary fiction & Non-fiction

graphic novel · lgbtqia · memoir · non-fiction · own voices · young adult

Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

All-girl camp. First love. First heartbreak. At once romantic and devastating, brutally honest and full of humor, this graphic-novel memoir is a debut of the rarest sort. Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta,… Continue reading Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash

australian author · memoir · non-fiction · own voices

Yassmin’s Story by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air – and hope. At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab… Continue reading Yassmin’s Story by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

australian author · lgbtqia · non-fiction · own voices · speculative fiction

A Recommendation for International Women’s Day: Letters to Tiptree

For nearly a decade, a middle-aged woman in Virginia (her own words) had much of the science fiction community in thrall. Her short stories were awarded, lauded and extremely well-reviewed. They were also regarded as “ineluctably masculine,” because Alice Sheldon was writing as James Tiptree Jr. In celebration of Alice Sheldon’s centenary, Letters to Tiptree presents… Continue reading A Recommendation for International Women’s Day: Letters to Tiptree

non-fiction · speculative fiction

Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany

Delany was instrumental in supporting the decolonization of my imagination, truly the most dangerous and subversive decolonization process, for once it has started, there are no limits on what can been visioned. This type of science fiction/speculative fiction,“visionary fiction”- as opposed to mainstream SF that reinforces dominant paradigms of power and oppression – is the foundation… Continue reading Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany