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New Books and Links

A couple of links:

* Whoa, Hugo: Women and Minorities Aren’t New to Sci-Fi
"It’s always been a known thing within the SFF (science fiction fantasy) community that women were the ones running the conventions," science-fiction writer N.K. Jemisin told me by email. It was women, she said, who were "writing the fanzines and organizing the don’t-cancel-Star-Trek letter campaigns and doing all the other things that have made this genre what it is — even as Isaac Asimov was running around groping women in elevators and Robert Silverberg was pompously declaring that James Tiptree couldn’t possibly be a woman, perish the thought. (She was.)"

* Welcome to the Hugo Nominees 2016 Wikia
In order for more people to vote in the Hugos, let's make a list of eligible works and people, with links to read where available. This isn't meant to be a database of everything in genre over a year, as that would be unmanageable, but if you read or see something that you think is worthy of an award, by all means add it! The rules for each category can be found on the category page, and you can read them in full in the WSFS constitution.

* Recommend Works for the 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Award
Most of the books and stories that Tiptree Award jurors read to pick a winner are nominated by authors and readers. We need your suggestions. If you’ve read a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores or expands our notions of gender, please tell us about it by filling out the recommendation form below. If you have more than one, just fill out the form again with a new recommendation and submit it until you’ve told us about them all.

New Books:

* Camille and the Bears of Beisa Drafnel by Simone Salmon
Years of deception and suppressed trauma do not prevent secrets from unraveling when parallel worlds clash, intertwining families and exposing hidden agendas. An unwanted romance mirrored in an alternate universe has devastating consequences for an unsuspecting young woman and a mysterious stranger.

* Getting closer to home: a review of Milton J. Davis' Saga Changa's Safari
It’s no secret that Davis has been influenced by the father of the Sword and Soul brand of Heroic Fantasy, introduced to the world in the 1970s by the eminent author, Charles R. Saunders, creator of the Imaro novels, the first black, Sword and Sorcery hero and star of his own series.

* Updraft by Fran Wilde
The setting is marvelously unusual, a city grown from living bone and populated by everyday people who have left the ground far behind; though Wilde leaves many questions unanswered, this only adds to the mystery and delight, encouraging the reader to suspend disbelief and become immersed in Kirit’s story. This well-written and fascinating exploration of a strange land is an extremely promising start for an exciting new writer. Publishers Weekly

* Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

* The Tale of Yin by Joyce Chng
The duology of Oysters, Pearls & Magic and The Path of Kindness sees the stories of Mirra and her daughter, Kindness, as they struggle to find their identities and selves on the planet they have called home. A feminist YA novella, the Tale of Yin looks at magic, privilege, the landscape and compassion.
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