Read an Excerpt From Legendborn, a Contemporary YA Fantasy

Sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A program for bright high schoolers seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus…

We’re excited to share an excerpt from Legendborn, a contemporary YA fantasy from author Tracy Deonn—publishing September 15th with Margaret K. McElderry Books.

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Alter Ego”

“Alter Ego”
Written by Joe Menosky
Directed by Robert Picardo
Season 3, Episode 14
Production episode 155
Original air date: January 15, 1997
Stardate: 50460.3

Captain’s log. Voyager has encountered an inversion nebula, which no one from the Alpha Quadrant has ever seen up close. They’re supposed to burn out quickly, but the one they find has been around for centuries. They pause to investigate.

[Kal-toh is to chess as chess is to tic-tac-toe.]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

The Magic of Translation: Interviewing Kiki’s Delivery Service Author Eiko Kadono and Translator Emily Balistrieri

If you’re like me, the ongoing state of the world has meant a retreat into old childhood classics. The anime Kiki’s Delivery Service, a perennial favorite, has been a particularly refreshing escape: a young witch flying around the gorgeously illustrated countryside with the help of her cat Jiji, meeting kindly people and making friends wherever she goes. It’s a classic film inspired by a classic novel—one that’s just been translated into English for a new edition, released earlier this month.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Kiki’s Delivery Service author Eiko Kadono, and her translator Emily Balistrieri. We discuss Kadono’s original inspiration for Kiki, what it feels like to return to a book thirty-five years after publication, and the challenges of translating such a beloved children’s book from Japanese to English.

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About 60% of a Good Episode — Star Trek: Lower Decks’s “Second Contact”

In the earliest days of screen entertainment, cartoons were the cool thing that you got before the movie started, produced by the great animators of Walt Disney and Warner Bros. and MGM. But by the 1970s, when the animated Star Trek debuted, animation had devolved into cheap kiddie fare, with the stilted figures produced by Filmation a far cry from what Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, and Hanna-Barbera had been doing three decades before.

But then the 1990s started a revolution in animation (Ren & Stimpy, ReBoot, Rugrats, the work of Bill Plympton, etc.). Now animation is everywhere, and in a huge variety of styles. With CBS committed to lots and lots of Star Trek, doing new animated series only makes sense.

[Welcome to the holodeck—easily the best part of the ship.]

Star*Line Magazine Wants Speculative Poetry from Black Authors for Historic Issue

Star*Line issue 43.4 will exclusive feature Black voices, and the magazine wants your work! This week, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s flagship publication put out a call for submissions for its historic October issue, seeking science fiction, fantasy, and horror poetry from Black writers.

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Is Barbarian Prince the Supreme Achievement of Western Civilization?

Howard: For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about solitaire gaming. I’d like to say that it has something to do with so many of us staying at home, but truthfully I’ve been a solitaire gamer for several years now. This might be a good time to acquaint more people with the concept, though.

Todd: It’s a great topic, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather discuss it with. I don’t know anyone who’s studied and enjoyed solo games with the depth you have, or come at them with such a profound appreciation of the craft of storytelling. Your search for excellence in solitaire games has inspired me over the decades, and I thank you. Let’s get started with a warm-up question: Is Barbarian Prince the supreme achievement of Western civilization?

Howard: What? No.

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The Ecology of Roshar: Flora and Fauna

Welcome back to Roshar! I hope you enjoyed Part 2 of Deana’s incredible overview of Rosharan cuisine complete with recipes you can make at home. This week we’ll be looking at the flora and fauna that make Roshar unique. Buckle up for our trip through the ecology of the strange and fascinating world of Roshar.

[There is a frantic determination to the way it grows.]

The Opposite of a Skeleton in the Closet: Alyssa Wong’s “What My Mother Left Me”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Alyssa Wong’s “What My Mother Left Me,” first published in Ellen Datlow’s 2018 anthology The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea. Spoilers ahead (but well worth reading first if you can get a hold of it).

[“But instead of bearing the fish back into the ocean, the water tugs gently at its body…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Making the Magical Feel Human: Lobizona by Romina Garber

Manuela Azul doesn’t exist. Not on paper at least. She and her mother are undocumented immigrants from Argentina living (more like hiding) in Miami. But while her mother goes to work every day, Manu is trapped in a cramped apartment. She can’t go to school or make friends, not just because she is undocumented but because of her strange, gold and silver star-shaped irises. So she sits at home and dreams of the day when she and her mother can apply for citizenship.

That day never comes. When ICE raids her mother’s work and tosses her into a detention center and Manu’s surrogate grandmother is gravely injured, Manu is desperate. A chance encounter takes her to El Laberinto, a magic school where boys learn how to be lobizones (werewolves) and girls brujas (witches). Manu suspects the answers to all her family secrets can be found at the school, but how much is she willing to risk to find them? Who will she risk? Because now for the first time in her life she has friends who care about her and a crush on a boy who looks at her like he wants to kiss her. But El Laberinto isn’t the haven Manu hopes it is. She was illegal in the human world and, when her magical abilities reveal themselves, she becomes illegal in the magic world as well. Everything is at stake and the choices laid out before Manu will make or break the world.

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