australian author · contemporary · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Dragons, grief and love in ‘The Wave’ by Hoa Pham

  ‘I remember how you were, not how you are. We were we until we became you and I.’ Midori and Âu Cô are international university students tasting freedom from family for the first time. They discover Melbourne and each other. All is well until the tsunami that swamps their world… Midori and Âu Cô… Continue reading Dragons, grief and love in ‘The Wave’ by Hoa Pham

fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction

Starfang: Rise of the Clan by Joyce Chng

Is a clan captain going to sacrifice everything for her clan? Tasked to kill Yeung Leung by her parents, powerful rival clan leader of the Amber Eyes, Captain Francesca Min Yue sets out across the galaxy to hunt her prey, only to be thrown into a web of political intrigue spreading across the stars. Is… Continue reading Starfang: Rise of the Clan by Joyce Chng

fantasy · own voices · speculative fiction

Afrofuturistic tales: The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus

We are a collection of voices, the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us. Voices of the past, voices of the present, and voices of the future. There is an African proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates as “It is not wrong… Continue reading Afrofuturistic tales: The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus

fantasy · middle grade · own voices · speculative fiction

Sun Dragon’s Song #2 by Joyce Chng & Kim Miranda

Yo Hi’s life’s dream has finally come true: He’s been accepted into the Dragon Riding Academy. While his life will never be the same, unfortunately, some things may never change. Sun Dragon’s Song #2 by Joyce Chng  Illustrated by Kim Miranda Published: March 1st 2017 by Rosarium Publishing Source: ARC via Netgalley Thoughts: I reviewed the first… Continue reading Sun Dragon’s Song #2 by Joyce Chng & Kim Miranda

australian author · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Ida by Alison Evans

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to… Continue reading Ida by Alison Evans

fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick #1) by C.B. Lee

Welcome to Andover…where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most… Continue reading Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick #1) by C.B. Lee

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