Cover Reveal Contest: Steel Blood

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Speculative Chic contributor J.L. Gribble needs your help! The third book in her urban fantasy/alternate history series, Steel Blood, comes out this summer. Her publisher has provided two cover options. They look very similar at first glance, but don’t be fooled. The cover on the left has the shadow of vampire fangs behind the title (relevant because the main character is…

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Roundtable: Leave It Alone!

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Hollywood loves adapting things to the big and small screen. Everywhere we look, something we love is getting made into a movie or a television show, or maybe it’s getting rebooted, rebranded, or relaunched. Sometimes, this is exciting! We can’t wait to see our favorites come to life on the big or small screen! But sometimes, this can lead to…

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Sound Off! Your Name.

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, wake from a dream and discuss Your Name., which premiered in the United States on Friday, April 7, 2017. This anime, Kimi no Na wa, originally debuted in Japan on August 26, 2016. NOTE: Both the…

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Con Season on a Budget: Being a Great Volunteer

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Welcome to Part 2 of Con Season on a Budget. This post is about being a great volunteer so your favorite con will welcome you back, year after year. If you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1: How to Volunteer at Your Favorite Convention. I also wrote about surviving your first convention in Conventions 101! Okay, so…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda: A Review in Conversation

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The highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda finally launched from the Milky Way Galaxy on Tuesday, March 21. Here to have a casual conversation about all of the things they loved and some of the things they didn’t are Whitney Richter, veteran N7 operative and the one responsible for sending over 50 salarian infiltrators out to save the galaxy from the…

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Bodies as Commodities: A Review of Matt Hill’s Graft

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Graft (2016) Written by: Matt Hill Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 448 pages (Kindle) Publisher: Angry Robot Why I Chose It: At Speculative Chic, we decided to review all of the Philip K. Dick Award nominees, and as Editor-in-Chic, it was my responsibility to coordinate that. One by one, books were selected, until one was left, alone, without a home: Graft.…

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Throwback Sound Off! Zootopia

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, we’re celebrating its nomination for a Nebula Award by discussing Zootopia, which originally premiered in the United States on Friday, March 4, 2016. It is currently available to purchase on DVD, for streaming on…

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Octavia Butler’s Kindred: How the Nuances of Relationships Can Teach Us About People

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This month we put Changing the Map into the capable hands of writer and reviewer Ronya F. McCool for her discussion of Octavia E. Butler’s groundbreaking novel, Kindred. Part slave narrative, part time travel story, read on to see what Ronya has to say about how Kindred changed the map. –Sharon When I was asked to write a review for…

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My Favorite Things: Aquatic Horror, Sci-Fi Podcasts, Faerie Fiction, Charming Animation, and More Love for Geek Fashion

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re got quite an assortment. There’s not one, but two top notch speculative books, a podcast perfect for sci-fi fans,…

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Dear Sherry: Staring at a Blank Page

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Dear Sherry, I’ve got nothing. Drawing a complete blank. I’ve always been a one idea at a time type of writer, but it has been three months since I’ve come up with an idea for my next book. Most of my writer friends have two and three, sometimes even more, writing projects on the go. Me? Nothing.  I know there…

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