PEN VS. SWORD
ILANA MYER with Nancy Hightower
Epic fantasy generally doesn’t conjure up images of rival poets battling for literary power and a chance to save the world from evil plagues. However, Ilana Myer’s debut novel, Last Song Before Night, might change your mind: it brings a refreshing twist to a genre most normally associated with swords and sorcery.
To Boldly Go: ANN VANDERMEER & JEFF VANDERMEER With Nancy HightowerBy Nancy Hightower
By drawing from 20th-century works from local and international authors, the VanderMeer’s extraordinary compilation questions the clichéd boundaries around what is considered “literary” or “science fiction.”
AMBER SPARKS with Nancy Hightower
Amber Sparkss new short story collection, And I Do Not Forgive You, complements other recently published novels that reframe myth and folklore to challenge our 21st century pre-apocalyptic mindset.
DESIRINA BOSKOVICH with Nancy Hightower
Lost Transmissions: The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Desirina Boskovich, fills in gaps that I didnt realize existed before. This multi-genre anthology explores the interstitial nature of science fiction and fantasy as it slips in and out of music, fashion, pop culture, design, film, and architecture.