This book is disarmingly—in fact, unnervingly—amoral. ...more
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Beth Morgan discusses her debut novel, A TOUCH OF JEN.
Tags: A Touch of Jen, Beth Morgan, Brooklyn College, David Hollander, debut novel, horror, horror movies, individualism, instagram, Jean Garnett, MFA, Mike Leigh, Sarah Lawrence College, satire, science fiction, speculative, speculative fiction, Svetlana Satchkova, The Shipping News, Tony Tulathimutte
Zakiya Dalila Harris discusses her debut novel, THE OTHER BLACK GIRL.
Tags: 1980s, Atria Books, Black women writers, black writers, blackness, Connecticut, debut novel, flashback, gender inequality, Hamden, Kukuwa Ashun, MFA, microaggressions, Not Another Teen Movie, Octavia Butler, perspective, point of view, Publishing, publishing industry, racial inequality, Racism, speculative fiction, Stephen King, The New School, The Other Black Girl, White Supremacy, workplace, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Zakiya Harris
Tara Isabel Zambrano discusses DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS.
Tags: Audra Kerr Brown, death, debut collection, desire, experimental fiction, flash, flash fiction, grief, Hindu, Hinduism, moon, Okay Donkey, religion, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, speculative fiction, spirituality, Tara Isabel Zambrano, Upanishads, Vedas
Matthew Baker discusses his new story collection, WHY VISIT AMERICA.
Tags: absurdism, absurdist, american politics, And the Pursuit of Happiness, anime, Bioshock, Bioshock: Infinite, Black Mirror, carmen maria machado, COVID-19, Divine Love, Do the Right Thing, EMily St John Mandel, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, Franz Kafka, Gabriel Mascaro, Garrett Biggs, Get Out, Heidi Schreck, Her Body and Other Parties, Hybrid Creatures, Jordan Peele, Karen Joy Fowler, kazuo ishiguro, Maira Kalman, Makoto Shinkai, Manga, Margaret Atwood, Mark Slouka, masculinity, Matthew Baker, Michel Gondry, never let me go, pandemic, political fiction, Politics, research, Rungano Nyoni, San Junipero, science fiction, short stories, sincerity, speculative, speculative fiction, Spike Jonze, Spike Lee, Station Eleven, Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang, The Dispossessed, The Endless, The Handmaid's Tale, the metamorphosis, Thomas Hart Benton, toxic masculinity, Ursula K. Le Guin, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, What the Constitution Means to Me, Why Visit America
Tara Campbell discusses her new book, POLITICAL AF: A RAGE COLLECTION.
Tags: anger, birth control, black women, capitalism, Circe's Bicycle, Civil Rights Movement, colorism, fascism, flash fiction, gender inequality, George Floyd, George S. Schuyler, Hannah Grieco, hermit crab essay, hybrid genre, identity, John Lewis, Margaret Atwood, Margo Jefferson, misogyny, Negroland, patriarchy, poems, poetry, police brutality, Political AF, Political AF: A Rage Collection, political writing, Politics, racial inequality, Racism, science fiction, sexism, slavery, speculative fiction, Tara Campell, Unlikely Books, Walking with the Wind, White Supremacy, women's anger, writing process, Zoe Leonard
C Pam Zhang discusses her debut novel, HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD.
Tags: Alexandra Chang, American West., beloved, C Pam Zhang, California, Cathy Park Hong, Chelsea Bieker, Days of Distraction, debut novel, debut novels, Eva Jurczyk, family, family secret, gender inequality, gender roles, Godshot, grief, Hilary Leichter, historical fiction, How Much Of These Hills Is Gold, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, Lakewood, lauren groff, Luster, Marilyn Chin, Megan Giddings, Minor Feelings, Raven Leilani, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, shame, siblings, speculative, speculative fiction, temporary, Toni Morrison, violence, white gaze
Helen Phillips discusses her new novel, THE NEED.
Tags: alopecia universalis, Breastfeeding, Dept. of Speculation, doppelganger, Exit West, Fever Dream, Frances Yackel, Frankenstein, genre, Helen Phillips, horror, identity, Italo Calvino, Jenny Offill, kafka, Karen Russell, Margaret Atwood, Mary Shelley, Mohsin Hamid, motherhood, nursing, on monsters, Orange World, Renata Adler, Rett syndrome, Samantha Schweblin, science fiction, Some Possible Solutions, speculative fiction, Speedboat, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, The Handmaid's Tale, The Need, Thriller, Ursula K. Le Guin
Alex DiFrancesco discusses their new novel, ALL CITY.
Tags: Alex DiFrancesco, All City, art world, class inequality, cli fi, climate change, climate crisis, climate fiction, community, Debt, dystopian, economic inequality, environmental crisis, genderqueer, gentrification, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Ilana Masad, James Hannaham, Joselin Linder, LGBTQ, Mary Adkins, Occupy Wall Street, poverty, privilege, Psychopomps, PTSD, queer, rape, Seven Stories Press, sexual assault, Sherri Fink, Siddhartha Deb, speculative, speculative fiction, street art, The Family Gene, trans, trauma, When You Read This
Namwali Serpell discusses her debut novel, THE OLD DRIFT.
Tags: A Visit from the Goon Squad, Africa, afrofuturism, Afrofuturist, Afropolitan, Cloud Atlas, colonialism, colonization, David Livingstone, debut novel, first book, genre, historical fiction, Hogarth Press, hybrid genre, magical realism, metaphor, mixed race, Namwali Serpell, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Pedro Almodovar, Racism, speculative fiction, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Old Drift, zambia
Lilliam Rivera discusses her new novel, DEALING IN DREAMS.
Tags: addiction, alcoholic, American Dream, Bronx, capitalism, Cheryl Upshaw, Dealing in Dreams, Donald Trump, gentrification, horror, Lilliam Rivera, patriarchy, Politics, privilege, Puerto Rican, puerto rico, Racism, science fiction, sexism, sisterhood, sisters, sobriety, speculative fiction, The Education of Margot Sanchez, transphobia, violence, Women's March, YA, young adult literature
K Chess discusses her debut novel, FAMOUS MEN WHO NEVER LIVED.
Tags: Apocalypse, debut novel, Famous Men Who Never Lived, gender roles, gender stereotypes, Jakob Vala, K Chess, LGBTQ, Maggie Cooper, nuclear disaster, privilege, queer, revision, Rupert Thomson, science fiction, Sex, Sex Scenes, sexuality, speculative fiction, Svetlana Alexievich, The Insult, time travel, Tin House Books, Tony Perez, Voices from Chernobyl, writing sex
“The leaps that fill in the gaps between ideas are the best thing about reading.”
Tags: autofiction, debut collection, editing, Giller Prize, humor, Jeff VanderMeer, Paige Cooper, revision, short fiction, short stories, Southern Reach trilogy, speculative fiction, story collection, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, writing process, Zolitude
Adam Nemett discusses his debut novel, WE CAN SAVE US ALL.
Tags: A Paradise Built in Hell, Adam Nemett, Apocalypse, Austin Grossman, campus novel, Clara Bingham, climate change, college, debut novel, dystopian, first book, Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem, Lawrence Buell, metafiction, Michael Chabon, Olivia Smith, Rachel Lyon, Rebecca Solnit, religion, Soon I Will Be Invincible, speculative fiction, superheroes, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Thoreau, transcendentalism, Unnamed Press, We Can Save Us All, White Noise, Witness to the Revolution
Stories are the miracle, and the escape, promised by the book’s title. ...more
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“My gut instinct is to privilege rebels.”
Tags: animals, Anita Felicelli, class privilege, folktales, gender inequality, Ina Roy-Faderman, India, Love Songs for a Lost Continent, magical realism, privilege, south asian, speculative fiction, Stillhouse Press, white privilege
Cai Emmons discusses her forthcoming novel, WEATHER WOMAN.
Tags: Cai Emmons, climate change, Craig Childs, environmental crisis, environmentalism, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, gender, gender roles, His Mother’s Son, Jason Box, meteorology, neuroscience, Physics, Red Hen Press, Robert Fovell, Sara Rauch, science, Siberia, speculative fiction, The Stylist, weather, Weather Woman
Kendra Fortmeyer discusses her first novel, HOLE IN THE MIDDLE.
Tags: #metoo, Aimee Bender, Angie Thomas, body image, carmen maria machado, Colson Whitehead, Confessions of the Fox, Emily Cataneo, fabulism, female friendship, feminism, feminist, Jewish, Jordy Rosenberg, kelly link, Kendra Fortmeyer, Kindred, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Maggie Cooper, magical realism, Not That Bad, Octavia Butler, Octopus vs. Bear, representation, Roxane Gay, samantha hunt, sexuality, Soho Teen, speculative fiction, teenagers, The Hate U Give, The Underground Railroad, Things I Know to Be True, YA, young adult literature
Anjali Sachdeva discusses her debut story collection, ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD.
Tags: All the Names They Used for God, Anjali Sachdeva, August Wilson, Boko Haram, carmen maria machado, Clare Beams, debut collection, Ed Simon, fabulism, fabulist, fairy tales, first book, genre, Her Body and Other Parties, John Milton, landscape, Leslie Brisman, Michael Chabon, Milgram experiment, nature, Nigeria, Pittsburgh, Politics, religion, revision, science, setting, short fiction, short stories, social justice, speculative fiction, Tom Sweterlitsch, willa cather, writing process
Carmen Maria Machado discusses
Her Body and Other Parties, riffing off the work of others, and how writing is like solving a math problem. ...more
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Melissa Fraterrigo discusses her new novel-in-stories,
Glory Days, writing speculative fiction, and how our formative years influence us later in life. ...more
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Brooke C. Obie discusses the historical basis for her debut novel,
Book of Addis, writing to dismantle white supremacy, and why Black speculative fiction is integral to her survival. ...more
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Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her new novel,
Book of Joan, a reimagining of the Joan of Arc story set in a terrifying future where the heroine has emerged to save a world ravaged by war, violence, and greed. ...more
Tags: Arrival, art therapy, atheism, atheist, auditory hallucinations, Book of Joan, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Christine de Pizan, Christine Pisan, Chronology of Water, death, Donald Trump, election 2016, Emma Goldman, fascism, fathers, fathers and daughters, feminism, gender inequality, God, grief, Joan of Arc, Kelly Thompson, Lidia Yuknavitch, lithium, Mary Shelley, Michio Kaku, motherhood, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Politics, science fiction, Small Backs, speculative fiction, Station Eleven, Stone Village Productions, String Theory, teaching writing, The Book of the City of Ladies, The Rumpus Interview, theology, therapy, Trump, violence, war, writing workshop
[…] is among the most unusual, and most extreme, in a literary career that has often been marked by its unpredictability. ...more
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This week, the bimonthly magazine of international literature World Literature Today released its March 2017 issue, with the timely theme “Dystopian Visions.” The issue features thirteen writers’ dark speculations on the future, crossing the globe from Cuba to Japan. In this time in the United States when dystopian fiction isn’t seeming quite so fictional anymore, the […]
Tags: Arabic, autocracy, Basma Abdel Aziz, Daniel Simon, Donald Trump, dystopian fiction, Elisabeth Jaquette, LGBTQIA, Politics, reproductive rights, Scenes from the Life of an Autocrat, short fiction, short stories, speculative fiction, this week in short fiction, Trump, World Literature Today
At The California Sunday Magazine, Brooke Jarvis has a devastating piece about missing persons and family members lost over the border. For VIDA, Jean Ho shares her discouraging experience at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. And here at The Rumpus, Chellis Ying writes about rock climbing in China, which turned out to be an opportunity for both thrills […]
Tags: Alex Ebel, Bread Loaf, Brooke Jarvis, Chellis Ying, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, China, essay writing, essays, Halloween, Hobart, Jean Ho, motherhood, Rivers Solomon, speculative fiction, The California Sunday Magazine, the new yorker, This Week in Essays, VIDA
Malka Older discusses her debut novel
Infomocracy, the nature of elections, and the future of democracy. ...more
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Less than two percent of science fiction stories published in 2015 were by black writers. And a recent study found that black speculative fiction writers face “universal” racism—more damning evidence demonstrating the institutionalized racism in book publishing, and the importance of introducing more diversity at every level of the process.
Ben H. Winters discusses his new novel
Underground Airlines about an America where the Civil War never took place, writing speculative fiction, and modern racism. ...more
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David M. Perry writes for Pacific Standard on the newest wave of progressive speculative fiction. Perry writes in conversation with Daniel José Older, author of Shadowshaper and the Bone Street Rumba series.