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Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Representing My Equals

by Nisi Shawl

The voices of Everfair are many. I wrote it from eleven characters’ viewpoints, so the novel showcases many different spiritualities. Fabian socialist Jackie Owen is an atheist and proud of it. USian “Negro” missionaries Martha Livia Hunter and Thomas Jefferson Wilson are of course Christians--at the book’s start. King Mwenda relies on his bond with his “spirit father” and thus on his practice of local indigenous traditions, while his more cosmopolitan favorite wife, Queen Josina, has adopted some of the ways of the Yoruba nation.

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

What Is a Changling, Really?

by Sarah Porter

The baby wakes everyone with an ungodly yowl in the depths of the night. Its head looks distended, its eyes bulbous and glowering. Surely it didn’t appear so grotesque when you sang it to sleep? And that cry: it hardly sounds human at all.

Conversely, the baby is so silent that you rush to its side, terrified that it might have died while you dreamed. It gawps at you with an expression morose and wooden. Its tiny limbs feel dry, airy, and rotten.

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Chapel of Ease by Alex Bledsoe

Modern Folklore as Inspiration

by Alex Bledsoe

Folklore has provided the inspiration, structure, and plot outline for a lot of contemporary work. “Beauty and the Beast”, to use one example, has inspired countless versions, from faithful retellings to role reversals to twisted psychosexual fantasies. These primal stories continue to work for us because, once you strip away the particulars and expose the basics, they’re tales that continue to happen.

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On the Road: Author Events in September

Author Events

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in September! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you.

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