“I wish for fanart.” Highlights From #TorDotRead’s Second Discussion of The Goblin Emperor!

Our Socially Distant Read Along of The Goblin Emperor continues! This week we discussed Chapters 5 – 10, which meant attending Maia’s coronation, and meeting his ridiculously complex royal family.

There was also, predictably, much general squeeing about our favorite Goblin. We’ve rounded up a few highlights below!

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QUILTBAG+ Speculative Classics: Oral Tradition: Selected Poems Old & New by Jewelle Gomez

The first book I featured in this column was The Gilda Stories, an awesome queer vampire collection by Jewelle Gomez, and now I’m returning to her work again with the first-ever poetry collection I’ve managed to locate for the  QUILTBAG+ Speculative Classics column: Oral Tradition, published in 1995.

Queer speculative poetry only started to flower in the early 2010s with venues like Goblin Fruit, Stone Telling, Mythic Delirium and more; what we can find before that is sporadic at best. There is plenty of QUILTBAG+ poetry—of course! —and also speculative poetry, but intersection of the two is very limited, given the former unfriendliness of the speculative poetry landscape toward QUILTBAG+ themes. I think the first multi-author queer-themed project within a speculative venue was Bridging, the queer issue of Stone Telling edited by R.B. Lemberg and Shweta Narayan in 2012. Everything before that—and before 2010, my cutoff for QUILTBAG+ Speculative Classics—seems to have been published in non-SFF contexts, and is thus much harder for me to find.

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The Monsters They Married Are Men: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Patricia Campbell has done everything right. She was a working woman, and then she got married. She got pregnant—twice!—and delivered two amazing children. The perfect housewife, she moved to a small town to support her husband’s new business… and she’s bored. Terribly so. When her book club splinters and Patricia’s friend picks The Manson Trials over Cry, the Beloved Country Patricia’s boredom abates, at least for a little while.

When Patricia is brutally attacked, leaving her scarred and a dead body twitching in her front lawn, she can’t get over the sense of wrongness. Maybe it’s the true crime novels, maybe it’s women’s intuition, maybe it’s just being unwilling to believe the easiest explanation simply because it’s convenient. But it’s this moment, when Patricia’s ear gets bitten off behind the trashcans, when we realize that this book—done up in Southern propriety and hidden behind vacuumed curtains—is a bloody horror story.

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The Syfy Channel Will Air The Entirety of Battlestar Galactica and Xena: Warrior Princess This Month

With the spread of the Coronavirus throughout the US and rest of the world, catching up on TV has become something of a national pastime, with various networks unlocking some of their content for people to watch for free.

The Syfy Channel has announced that it’ll be airing the entirety of two classic shows: Battlestar Galactica and Xena: Warrior Princess this month, which will be hosted by Tricia Helfer and Lucy Lawless. The network will air some supplemental offerings alongside the marathon, as well as a bonus episode of the Battlestar Galactica podcast, featuring cast reunion for a table read for the show’s pilot episode, “33”.

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Read an Excerpt from Veronica Roth’s Chosen Ones

Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity… Chosen Ones, as the teens were known, gave everything they had to defeat him.

We’re thrilled to share an excerpt from Chosen Ones, the first adult novel from Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series. Available now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Watch the Livestream Announcement for the 2020 Hugo Award Finalists, Today (4/7) at 4 PM EST

On April 7 at 4 PM EST, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention will be announcing the finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards, as well as the finalists for the 1945 Retro Hugo finalists. And you can watch the livestream right here!

This year’s WorldCon takes place in the shadow of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and, as a result, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention (ConZealand) has gone completely virtual. For complete details on the convention’s programming and participation, check out the official announcement on the CoNZealand website.

6 Comfort-Listen Podcasts to Transport You Beyond Your Living Room

Your relationship to podcasts is probably changing right now. Maybe you’re used to commuting via subway with earbuds crammed in your ears, or with your favorite voices spilling through the car radio, and now you have nowhere to be. Perhaps podcasts were a treat for household chores that now feel paralyzing. But although right now you might feel stuck in place, podcasts are still there to transport you.

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New Stories From Doctor Who Writers Steven Moffat and Peter McTighe Will Make You All Teary-Eyed

The steady stream of Doctor Who content being gifted to us by the show’s writers and actors is one of the most uplifting sources of entertainment these days. If you head over to the BBC Doctor Who blog, two new stories from Peter McTighe (“Kerblam!”, “Praxeus”) and Steven Moffat (former showrunner) will smother you in all sorts of lovely feelings.

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Getting Ready for John Scalzi’s The Last Emperox: A Refresher on the Mercantile Houses of the Interdependency

With The Last Emperox arriving next week, it’s time to jump back into the universe of the Interdependency. John Scalzi’s space opera is a series where an ancient, little-understood space-time highway called the Flow has begun to deteriorate, leaving the different settlements of the Interdependency cut off from one another and, for the most part, unable to survive on their own.

Scalzi has created a rich cast of characters for us to follow during this tumultuous time. Most of them are part of the 1%—rich and powerful members of the mercantile families who oversee all trade and commerce in the system. As we gear up for The Last Emerpox release, let’s revisit those Houses and the characters who are members of them.

[Warning! Spoilers galore for the series so far.]

Stage Magic and Shapeshifting in the Gilded Age: The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer

Muggle magic is a big part of my life—my husband is a professional magician, after all. So whenever I see a book out there that has a character skilled in sleight-of-hand, my eyebrows perk up. And when I come across a book that combines the wonders of prestidigitation with historical fantasy, my eyebrows just about fly off my face. Caroline Stevermer’s The Glass Magician is just such a book; in it, we follow Thalia Cutler, a stage magician (based on the real-life stage performer Dell O’Dell) who performs across the United States during the turn of the 19th century.

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The Gideon the Ninth Reread: Chapters 23 and 24

It’s time for another close read of Gideon the Ninth by Tamysn Muir! I’m your host, Mr. Bob Dobalina. How is everyone doing out there? Not much has changed in the world since last week, but a lot has changed this week in Gideon the Ninth. I can’t believe we’re more than halfway through the book now! Today I’ll be running down chapters twenty-three and twenty-four for your amusement. And although these chapters be but little, they are fierce.

And like every time I reread books, I find that I have a new favorite minor character. This time around, which is my ninth reading, it’s Camilla. She’s so sensible and brave. I am neither of those things, so I admire her. (I had a different favorite minor character the first time I read the book, but they turned out to be rotten. Which also explains a lot about my dating life.)

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Series: Gideon the Ninth Reread

In Defense of Needlework

Sewing is fantasy fiction’s least favorite activity. How many times has a Strong Female Character proved her agency and ability by hating her needlework? The heroine is not like other girls! She disdains embroidery; she likes to fight and ride horses, like boys do. In the Game of Thrones series, for example, fan favorite Arya rejects needlework for Needle, her sword. Plying her Needle becomes an elaborate joke on societal expectations for women in Westeros, at once a refutation and denigration of traditionally feminine activities, as well as a reflection of the fates of Arya and her more traditionally feminine sister Sansa in the first book. Sansa is imprisoned; Arya escapes.

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