Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Cascadia Subduction Zone, vol. 5, 2

The new issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone is out. This issue features a Grandmother Magma column by Delia Sherman, poetry by Anne Carly Abad and Terry A. Garey, an essay the so-called "Genre Apocalypse" by me, and reviews of work by Caren Gussoff, Gwyneth Jones, Daniel Jose Older, and Ernest Hogan. The issue's featured artist is Richard O. Baker.



   Volume 5, number 2--April 2015

A Few Thoughts about Critics, Legitimacy, and Comfort
   by L. Timmel Duchamp
This is How You Teach a Bird to Walk
The Weight of Forgiveness
   by Anne Carly Abad

It’s Been Some Time, Now
Women as Hunters and Gatherers
   by Terry A. Garey

Grandmother Magma
The Logic of the Elements
   by Delia Sherman

Three Songs for Roxy, Caren Gussoff
   reviewed by Victoria Elisabeth Garcia

Cortez on Jupiter, by Ernest Hogan
   reviewed by Cynthia Ward

The Grasshopper’s Child, by Gwyneth Jones
  reviewed by Joel A. Nichols

Half-Resurrection Blues, by Daniel José Older
  reviewed by Uzuri Amini
Featured Artist
Richard O. Baker

Subscriptions and single issues are available here.

Monday, March 30, 2015

2014 SF Count

Niall Harrison has posted his annual SF count for 2014 at Strange Horizons. This is the fifth year he's been compiling a statistical count for gender and race representation in sf reviewing, an issue dear to the Aqueductista heart:
The aim is to draw attention to imbalances in literary coverage.
As the title indicates, the immediate inspiration for this series is "The Count" by VIDA, which started in 2010. Within SF, antecedents include the Broad Universe reviewing statistics calculated for 2000 and 2007, the Lady Business counts of coverage on SF blogs for 2011, 2012, and 2013 and, further back, Joanna Russ' counts as reported in How to Suppress Women's Writing (1983).
This article presents the results of the SF count for 2014. Previous counts are available for 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.
You can check out this year's count here. His summary is neither surprising nor encouraging: "As in previous years, in the majority of the SF review venues surveyed, review coverage disproportionately focused on men and books by white writers. A majority of reviews were written by men in two-thirds of venues, and by white people in all venues. Analysis of 2010-2014 gender data shows that despite year-to-year variation within individual venues, there is no evidence for an overall increase in coverage of books authored or edited by women. However, there is some evidence for a small increase in the proportion of reviews written by women."

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Armadillicon 37

It's my pleasure to announce that I'll be the Editor GoH at this year's Armadillocon, which will take place in Austin, TX, July 24-26, 2015. Stina Leicht will be the Toastmaster, and John DeNardo the Fan GoH. Nancy Jane Moore tells me she plans to attend, and I suspect at least a few other Aqueductistas will, also. I'd love to see a lot of Aqueduct's friends there. If there's any chance you might be able to attend, here's your heads-up!

Update: I'll be one of the instructors for the writing workshop. 

Second Update: Ken Liu will be the Author GoH.