July 17, 2012 by Kiersi
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me talking about my new short story, currently titled D, but sometimes also known by the hashtag #MANdroid. “Mandroid” became a sort of joke after I shared the opening lines of the story with @eddyrivas.
The piece starts like this:
I have met the perfect man.
His name is D-084.
Category: in progress | Tags: androids, mandroid, publications, romance, sci-fi, short stories, speculative fiction, titles | 4 Comments
June 14, 2012 by Kiersi
Human Sister by Jim Bainbridge
This book gets: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of 5
Human Sister, by Jim Bainbridge - I received an anonymous email a month back suggesting I pick up Jim Bainbridge’s Human Sister. Maybe it was providence, because I was just chewing on the idea that sci-fi could be the next big wave in young adult literature, and my mind was open and waiting for a book like this to come along.
Let me just put it this way: Human Sister is challenging. It is challenging in its ideas, in its themes, and in its style. The payoff, however, is huge, and makes Bainbridge’s long discussions of neuroscience and warfare and ethics worthwhile. (more…)
Category: Book Reviews | Tags: AI, androids, book review, Human Sister, Jim Bainbridge, philosophy, sci-fi | 4 Comments
April 24, 2012 by Kiersi
I think we can all agree–considering the success of The Hunger Games and the imminent finale of the Twilight movies–that the fad of supernatural and paranormal elements in young adult literature is beginning to dissipate. Even paranormal romance is dropping off the radar for publishers and agents. Werewolves are done, blasé. Vampires? I’d bet with real money that True Blood‘s upcoming sixth season will be its last, with all the original charm and wit squeezed out by the show’s increasing time devotion to witches, shape-changers and goblin-like fey. Television and book series can no longer be sustained by the concept of the “sexy vampire” alone. Monster fic is riding the molten tail of a comet passing its hey day. Satire is always a sign of something on the “fad” decline, and I’d say Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the tell-all tale. (more…)
Category: Commentary, Industry | Tags: cowboys, literary trends, paranormal, romance, sci-fi, superheroes, YA | 2 Comments