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  • Alasdair Stuart: CCU:Critic:Transparency
    There are two ways to review any piece of media; the first is to discuss it from a consciously placed position behind the lens of your own experience. The second is to step out from that and try and look at the thing if not dispassionately then certainly from distance. It’s entirely possible to do both. It’s also entirely possible to do both way too much. Go one way and you’re Spocking all over the… ... read more
    Published on Friday, August 28th, 2015
  • Seanan McGuire: The time of the Traveling Circus is almost upon us!
    Lo and behold, on September 1st, we will be returning to Borderlands Books to get our Traveling Circus and Snake-Handling Show on! As always, this means cupcakes during the break, and that's when you come in. Specifically...If you are planning to attend the book event, and have a dietary restriction (vegan, gluten-free, specific allergies), please let me know before Monday, August 31st. Not all dietary restrictions can be accounted for (for example, if you're gluten-sensitive… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, August 27th, 2015
  • Cecilia Tan: Hormones, Caffeine, or Writing a Romance novel?
    Right now my nerves are on fire, I’m jittery as hell, and yet I’m also so exhausted I can barely move. I might be about to cry, or scream, or maybe pass out. Why do I feel this way? It might be that I gave in to my intense chocolate craving today and had far too much of it than is healthy (plus lots of tea), so perhaps this is caffeine overload. It might… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, August 27th, 2015
  • Mary Robinette Kowal: My Favorite Bit: Michi Trota talks about UNCANNY MAGAZINE YEAR TWO
    Michi Trota is joining us today to talk about Uncanny Magazine Year Two: The Return of the Space Unicorn Kickstarter. Here’s the Kickstarter description: Last year, three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas & three-time Hugo Award finalist Michael Damian Thomas ran the Uncanny Magazine Year One Kickstarter. We promised to bring you stunning cover art, passionate science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction by writers from every conceivable background. Not… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, August 27th, 2015
  • Alasdair Stuart: CCU:Critic:Getting Started
    My first published journalism was a CD review of a single by Ed Alleyne-Johnson. It was in the Manx Independent. I got the job by pitching them a regular music review and pitching the local independent music store the idea of a regular free feature. Since then I’ve done 150 word film reviews for a local paper, written about ghost stories for the Guardian and the moral choice inherent in Captain America’s role in Age… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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