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Con Survival Guide

If you are going to a Con for the first time, it can be hard to know what to pack and perhaps you would like a few tips for how to have an enjoyable convention.

Once again I am going to EasterCon or as it is called this year FollyCon in England. EasterCon is the British national science fiction and fantasy convention, run by fans. I will be on a panel about being new to EasterCon (Introduction to Eastercons), which inspired me to write a blog post about this subject.  Continue reading Con Survival Guide

Disability in Science Fiction

Hammered by Elizabeth Bear, a great example of disability done well
Hammered by Elizabeth Bear, a great example of disability done well

Thought there are more stories these days with characters with disabilities, they are still a rarity. There can be many reasons for this but one of the ones we often hear cited is, well it’s the future, we will surely have fixed that by then. This idea that we can just solve disability with technology and medicine is what I want to talk to today. While I do not my self have any major disabilities this is a quite personal post to me.

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Motherhood in The Broken Earth series

As part of my Hugo reading this year, I have been reading the first two books of The Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin. As the second one, The Obelisk Gate is nominated for a Hugo this year. They have been amazing reads and challenging reads. In this blog post I will look at the role of motherhood in the first two books of the Broken Earth Series.

This post will contain spoilers for the first two books in the series – and they will be deep spoilers. So do not read on, if you do not want to get spoiled for the books. If you just want my review of the book, you can find it here.

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New blog: Food & History

I have moved my blogging on food, history and food history to a new blog, because it didn’t really belong here. For now I keep the recipes up but I think I will remove them from the menu. You can however find all of them over at my new site – which is much more suited for food and recipes. And those of you who are not interested in my random thoughts on medieval meat pies will get rid of that as well. Please check out

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12 more urban fantasy books that I recommend

urbanfantasySome of you might have noticed that I like urban fantasy, like a lot. My list 25 Urban Fantasy Books that I recommend is one of my most visited posts, so I thought I would expand on it with the books I read since 2013, that I really liked. I have also read some of the authors that I was revommened in the comments of the other list – thank you for those. And if anyone want to recommend me some more, please feel free to leave a comment.

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7 steampunk stories worth reading

adoreSteampunk does not always have the best rep, but when it is done well it is often immensely enjoyable and fun. Because steampunk is set in a pseudo-victorian era setting there are some rather problematic elements of that society, but can be left unexamined in the fiction. Some steampunk choose to deal with this, some do not – and sometimes it fits the story to do and sometimes it does not. This list has books of both persuasions. At least some of the books here takes a hard look at the class, gender, sexuality and race issues of the era. But mostly they are just good stories, that I want you to enjoy as well. Continue reading 7 steampunk stories worth reading