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Archive for December, 2011

Year End Review

Thanks to everyone for reading, and to all of our contributors for making this such a great and interesting year at the Locus Roundtable Blog! As I wrap up my first year as editor here, I’m very happy with the way things have gone. We’ve had fascinating discussions, podcasts, and series, from authors spanning the […]

Roundtable: The Silliest Thing…

I know that we’re all busy with year-end stuff: year-in-review bits, best-of-the-year bits, and for the academics, grading! Always fun. As such, I’d like to throw out a fun topic to polish off the year: What’s the silliest thing that: a) an editor has said to you (for the writers); b) a writer has said […]

Marie Brennan and Kari Sperring in Conversation

Today’s podcast is the last of those I recorded at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego this year. Marie Brennan and Kari Sperring sit down to discuss the point that “History is not a theme park!” Both being trained in history, their discussion ranges across the practice of history, source texts both fictional and […]

Roundtable: Becoming Assigned Reading

This is the final spin-off thread of the conversation that has appeared in three previous Roundtables (one, two, and three.) Karen Burnham When I first came across the original question, I had in mind the sort of genre books that eventually become canonized classics even in non-genre reading programs. Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, […]

Roundtable: Commercial Writing

This discussion is a follow-on from the two Roundtables posted last week (here and here). The comments below focus on how writing exists in the marketplace, and the adjustments that various writers make to accommodate that fact. Gardner Dozois, Cecelia Holland, Rachel Swirsky, Stefan Dziemianowicz, Guy Gavriel Kay, Gary K. Wolfe, Jeffrey Ford, James Patrick […]

Roundtable: McCarthy, Chabon, and Franzen

This discussion follows on from the Roundtable on Genre Accessibility posted on Wednesday. In today’s installment, Karen Joy Fowler, F. Brett Cox, Elizabeth Hand, Stefan Dziemianowicz, Guy Gavriel Kay, Russell Letson, Rachel Swirsky, Cecelia Holland, Rich Horton, Siobhan Carroll, N. K. Jemisin and John Clute all join the discussion, which focuses more on ‘mainstream’ writers […]

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