In spite of it not feeling like it (at least in Cincinnati, where we’re still having daily highs in the 50s and 60s), it is December, and if you need something to help you get into the holiday spirit, Book Riot has a wonderful literary Advent calendar.
Climate change has been on my mind this unseasonably warm week, so I’ve got a pair of climate change links to get us started on the more substantial side of things.
- At Gizmodo, Margaret Atwood writes about the war against climate change as our battle for Middle Earth.
- And at New Statesman, there’s a look at how “cli-fi” novels humanise the science of climate change.
If Atwood’s Gizmodo piece isn’t enough for you, she’s also featured in the New York Times’ By the Book this week, and it’s just more proof that she’s one of the world’s most wonderful human beings.
I finally got around to watching Jessica Jones last weekend, though I haven’t written my piece on it yet. However, lots of other people are still churning out several pieces a day on it. These are my favorites this week:
- At Tor.com, Natalie Zutter talks about what rape apologists need to learn from the show (SPOILER: more than they will learn).
- The Mary Sue has an excellent piece examining the Kilgrave fandom. Yes, that’s a thing. No, it’s not entirely full of garbage people.
In tangentially related news, Scientific American published a piece on some science that’s being done on how we’re affected by female superheroes. Discouragingly, it seems that the psychological benefits of seeing strong, capable female characters may be almost entirely offset by having them dressed in sexualizing and objectifying costumes.
I loved this piece at Smart Pop Books about love as a political act in The Hunger Games.
Black Girl Nerds has some great suggestions on what a new Star Trek ought to look like.
At Slate, there’s a great piece up on utopian and dystopian visions of Afrofuturism and whether or not we’re seeing more characters of color in science fiction.
At Book Riot, it’s posited that there are two types of girls: those who read Madeleine L’Engle and those who didn’t.
If you are one of the people who hasn’t read her and wants to start, there’s a ranking of Madeleine L’Engle’s YA canon at Flavorwire. Personally, I’d rank A Wrinkle in Time highest, but I never did get around to reading all of the listed books when I was a girl.
What I did read when I was a girl, though, was lots and lots of books about horses, so I was tickled to see Tor.com’s list of the greatest horses of fantasy this week. I was appalled, however, that not one horse from anything by Tamora Pierce made their list. An absolute travesty.
Electric Literature interviewed Catherynne M. Valente about her new novel, Radiance.
A.C. Wise interviewed A.M. Dellamonica about her latest, A Daughter of No Nation, which came out on Tuesday.