Strange, Surreal, and Sometimes Shocking: Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung, Translated by AntAnton on Hur

Originally published in 2017, Cursed Bunny is South Korean writer Bora Chung’s first work to be translated into English by Anton Hur, and the second of his translations to be shortlisted for an International Booker Prize. Chung is a writer and a translator of Russian and Polish writing into Korean, and a political activist, whose opinions on societal norms and systems are clear in each of the strange, surreal and sometimes shocking stories that make up Cursed Bunny.

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His Dark Materials’ Final Season: Will the Show Stick the Landing?

The third and final season of His Dark Materials—corresponding to The Amber Spyglass, the last book in the original Phillip Pullman trilogy—has quite the job ahead of it. Not only must it bring a satisfying end to a multiversal story of war in the cosmos, but it must do so while tackling what I feel is the weakest book in the series.

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’Tis the Season for Holiday Stories: Christmas on Ganymede edited by Martin H. Greenberg

In this bi-weekly series reviewing classic science fiction and fantasy books, Alan Brown looks at the front lines and frontiers of the field; books about soldiers and spacers, scientists and engineers, explorers and adventurers. Stories full of what Shakespeare used to refer to as “alarums and excursions”: battles, chases, clashes, and the stuff of excitement.

Because science fiction was born in magazines, where shorter works were preferred, but later sold best in book form, anthologies became a popular way to collect these stories. And of course, one of the most popular forms of anthologies were themed books, where all the stories had some common element tying the volume together. Given the fact that the Christmas season and its various rituals and traditions have long been celebrated in American popular culture (and also the fact that holiday shopping brings people to bookstores), it was inevitable that some of these anthologies would focus on the holiday. One of my favorites example is Christmas on Ganymede and Other Stories, collected by the prolific Martin H. Greenberg and featuring noted authors like Poul Anderson, Frederik Pohl, Isaac Asimov, Connie Willis, and Gene Wolfe.

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Stephen Graham Jones on Writing, the Pantheon of Horror, and Clowns

Stephen Graham Jones is busy. In an earlier draft of this interview I included my comment that his work is challenging—by that I meant both emotionally, like all good horror is, but also that he’s so prolific he makes the rest of us who are trying to write things look like human sloths. But that’s just it—he doesn’t try to write, he treats writing as a thing he has to do, a job he’s dedicated to, and that’s resulted in 22 books over 30 years.

His latest? A deeply disturbing short story called “The Clown Brigade”, available exclusively on Scribd both as an ebook and as an audiobook. It was a true delight to talk with Jones about the story, the horrors of clowns, some of the real-life motivation behind Jade Daniels in My Heart Is a Chainsaw, slashers in general and Scream in particular, and Jones’ admirable writing process.

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The Sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife Gets a New Director

Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a film Vanity Fair described as existing “solely to restart a moribund franchise, so that a dormant conveyor belt of product may groan back into motion,” is getting a sequel. I mean, of course it is. As the review said, the first film existed in order to restart a franchise, and here we are, back on the nostalgia train, with one small change. According to Deadline, Afterlife director Jason Reitman (son of Ivan) is giving up the director chair to Gil Kenan.

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Reading The Wheel of Time: The Amyrlin Gains Allies in Robert Jordan’s A Crown of Swords (Part 7)

Hello friends! There are three more chapters in Egwene’s section before we head back to Ebou Dar to catch up with Aviendha, Nynaeve and Elayne, so I’ll be splitting Chapter 11 into two parts. Today we’re covering Chapter 10 and Chapter 11 up through Faolain and Theodrin’s unexpected revelation. Then next week we’ll tackle the rest of Chapter 11 and all of Chapter 12.

I haven’t read Chapter 13 yet, but I have peeped the title, and I have a feeling that they’re going to find that bowl-shaped ter’angreal pretty soon! But first, things are happening for Egwene, some bad, but a lot of good. I’m really enjoying watching her learn how to Amyrlin—like Rand, she is learning to be a leader more or less on the fly, and with only a few people she trusts enough to advise her.

Though by the end of these chapters, she will have a few more allies than she did before.

[I wish you well in your dance, Egwene al’Vere.]

Series: Reading The Wheel of Time

An Underrated Portrayal of an Underrepresented Experience: B’Elanna Torres and Biracial Identity

One of the reasons I love science fiction, and why I think it’s such an enduringly popular genre, especially today, is that it can offer thoughtful explorations of real-life issues in an alien, but familiar, way.

Star Trek is perhaps the best-known example of this, regularly confronting issues involving various forms of prejudice and touching us on a personal level when we recognize ourselves in the strange and fantastical mirror that’s being held up. Episodes like “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” or “The Outcast” examine race and gender, and audiences are still talking about them, still discussing and debating decades later.

But for me, as a half-Chinese, half-White person, one of the best and most underrated depictions of mixed-race experience I have ever seen was in Star Trek: Voyager’s B’Elanna Torres. For those who may not be familiar with one of the less-lauded Trek series, Torres is half-Klingon, half-Human.

Now, this may shock some readers, but I am not a Klingon. No one is. But this character did go on journeys that I recognized all the same.

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Robert Pattinson Gets Cloned in Bong Joon Ho’s Mickey 17—But Not Until 2024

It might be hard to follow Parasite. Bong Joon Ho’s last film won four Oscars, one of which was the first Best Picture Oscar won by a non-English language film. It broke international box office records and was the must-see film of 2019.

But Bong’s next film, which was announced early this year, looks more than promising. Mickey 17, based on a novel by Edward Ashton, stars professional weirdo Robert Pattinson (The Batman) and is about a clone, which is already enough to fully have my attention. And now we’ve got a date to mark on our calendars—and a very tiny teaser of what’s to come.

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