BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer (book review)

Another gorgeous and strange novel from the mighty lighthouse keeper of the Weird, Jeff VanderMeer (whose Southern Reach Trilogy blew me away a few years ago and is still the series I most often recommend to my friends and clients). Borne is a story about nature vs nurture, and about love, set in a city ruined by a biotech-related ecological disaster. The[…]

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Editing for the Voices of Reason!

Are you an atheist, humanist or science-loving writer who’s looking a professional editor? I’m seeking new clients who write about free-thought, skepticism, and science, or whose love for these things seeps through into their fiction worlds and characters.   Years ago when I first started out as an editor, I worked for a company where I had to[…]

Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

“Sometimes the biggest disasters aren’t noticed at all— no one’s around to write horror stories.” One of the best science-fiction experiences I’ve ever had was reading Vernor Vinge’s Fire Upon the Deep. I read it a few years ago but was inspired to write this review now because it’s the Tor book club’s free ebook this[…]

Octavia E. Butler Exhibition in Pasadena!

3 a.m., and I’m having a conversation with my husband about aliens & the universe — as you do. I tell him all about the amazing Octavia E. Butler and her stories of alien DNA artistry, and about how I don’t believe in synchronicity, and also (random) how much I dislike installation art. 10 a.m., I get[…]

SFF Audio Podcast: Vulcan’s Hammer by Philip K Dick

My journey through all of Philip K Dick’s novels continues! We’ve reached the 1960s, and this time my trusty guides Jesse Willis (of the SFF Audio Podcast) and Paul Weimar led me into the strange and creepy world of Vulcan’s Hammer. This might not be one of PKD’s best or most famous novels, but it’s kinda special because it has so[…]

SFF Audio Episode: Philip K Dick’s EYE IN THE SKY

SFF Audio had me back on their podcast for another Philip K Dick episode with Jesse Willis and Paul Weimar. This time we talked about Eye in the Sky (1957), which is now one of my favorite PKDs… it’s got a religious world where religious beliefs are literal; a censorship world, where you can abolish anything[…]

Science Fiction & Fantasy Editing

Hello, authors! I’m currently scheduling projects for the rest of this year and into early 2015 and still have spaces left, so if you have a manuscript almost ready for professional editing or if you’d like to try a trial edit first, please contact me soon. I’m especially looking for authors who have a distinctive writing voice and who are[…]

“Drone Commander Tidek” by Eduard F. Vinyamata

I’ve been working on yet another amazing project: this time helping Eduard F. Vinyamata to edit his beautiful futuristic story, “Drone Commander Tidek.” Very happy to say it has now been published, and with an incredible cover by Joey Hi-Fi, who I’m a huge fan of. (No doubt you are too.) You can read a preview the[…]

Harbinger of Treason, by Bayard West

Happiness! I’ve received my copy of Bayard West’s beautiful novel Harbinger of Treason, which I was lucky enough to work on as a line editor. It’s fast-paced science-fiction with a bit of everything: adventure, romance, suspense, beautiful visuals, and characters who are as complex, endearing, and fallible as people in the real world. I knew from[…]