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* My reading and interview for the Pixel Project is online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1EyARkzeKQ I talked a little bit about the time I was stalked in college. And remembering how just about every girl I knew at that time had a similar story. I barely mentioned it, and I think it gave me a nightmare last night. Not that anything violent happened, just that feeling of not being able to trust the people around you.

They also have an Indiegogo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/read-for-pixels-2016-fall-edition#/) to help raise funds to fight violence against women, with great book prizes.


* Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.

* The Reader by Traci Chee
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

* Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
The thrilling sequel to the Hugo and Nebula-winning Binti. It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places. And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

* The Hate U Give by A.C. Thomas
A novel inspired by Black Lives Matter. Excerpt: http://www.elle.com/culture/books/news/a39073/hate-u-give-excerpt/

* The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre
Until three years ago, those words applied to Dominic Asher, the leader of Ash Valley. His family has ruled the feline branch of the Animari for hundreds of years, guiding the pride through perilous times. Unspeakable loss drove him into seclusion, a feral beast nobody can tame.

* Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home―it’s her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.

* Article: A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction by Nisi Shawl

* Readers of the Lost Arc: 1990s by Courtney Schafer
A sampling of under-read SFF treasures. She says nice things about my second novel, City of Bones

City of Bones by Martha Wells (pub date 1995)
Wells mixes SF and fantasy elements in City of Bones to excellent effect, combining a post-apocalyptic stone desert populated by a bioengineered race with a richly described and dangerous city with laws enforced by mages. My favorite part of the book, though, has to be Wells's characters. Protagonist Khat (one of the bioengineered krismen) is smart, dryly sarcastic, and has a fascinating backstory. Co-protagonist Elen, who is one of the city's Warders, is likewise smart and determined, plus she’s forthright in a way that plays very nicely off the more reserved Khat. The story is standalone—though I sure wish Wells would one day write more!—and offers an archaeological mystery alongside exciting action and magic. Originally published by Tor, now it’s been republished in ebook form by Martha herself. If you enjoy adventure SF/fantasy, it’s a must read.