Monthly Archives: December 2013

Halloween special: Lovecraft and the Mountains of Madness.

Letters from Gondwana.


H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.  Despite leaving school without graduating, in his writings, evidences an extensive knowledge of archaeology, geology, and paleontology. According to his biographer S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft was fascinated by Antarctica since an early age. Much of this fascination is recognizable in his famous novel “At the Mountains of Madness”, written in 1931. The novel was rejected by Weird Tales and finally was published by Astounding Stories in a serial form in 1936.

At the Mountains of Madness” is told from the perspective of William Dyer, a geologist from Miskatonic University who  flies into an unexplored region of Antarctica. He’s accompanied by Professor Lake, a biologist;  Professor Pabodie, an engineer;  and some graduate students.The basic plot of the novel is the discovery of the frozen remains of bizarre entities from the deep space and their even more terrifying “slaves”:  the  shoggoths. The story could be divided…

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On Social Justice and Writing

The Star-Dusted Sirens

As a woman of color and a social justice activist, I’m always happy when I find fiction that accurately represents the world we live in. You know, fiction that shows all kinds of people as people, not as stereotypes, not as tropes, not as Other in comparison to a white Western Christian default. Stories that don’t assume everything outside that small framework is strange and exotic, whatever that even means.

But because our world—and for us Sirens, our North American society—is full of assumptions about people and the way they supposedly are, of course we’ve all internalized them. It’s hard to go against that, harder still to do so successfully in an industry that often doesn’t recognize its own problematic ideas. (See this post as an example of what I’m talking about.) So I applaud people with the courage to try to go against the grain and tell other stories…

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Steampunk World Kickstarter–Multicultural Steampunk Fiction Anthology Goes Live!

I submitted a story which did not make the final cut but was declined in the most polite and positive manner a writer could wish for. Meanwhile I still hugely need to read this book so please, do reblog and pledge!

Beyond Victoriana


Steampunk world update 12-11-2013
I was going to post this when it went live, but I’m so excited to report that TWO DAYS after the launch of the Steampunk World Kickstarter, and we’re already halfway to our goal! Thank you to our followers on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr for getting the word out and donating to this wonderful project.

For those who want to read more about the people involves, the prizes, and more crowd-sourcing details, check out the Kickstarter page and boost, boost, boost!

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