ARC Review: Where the Stars Rise: Asian SFF | A Magical and Thought-Provoking Anthology, Packed Full of Diversity

ARC Review: Where the Stars Rise: Asian SFF | A Magical and Thought-Provoking Anthology, Packed Full of Diversity

TITLE: Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction & Fantasy
AUTHOR: Edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: October 2017; Laksa Media Groups
GENRE: Science Fiction & Fantasy
FORMAT: eBook

KEY INFO: Anthology, #ownvoices, speculative fiction, alternative histories, cultural tradition, folklore
REPRESENTATION: MC’s of colour, disabled characters
CONTENT NOTICES: Immigration, poverty, sexual abuse, child abuse, slavery, discrimination, ableism, death, violence, racism, child neglect.

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Book Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View | Fun backstories from 40 diverse perspectives

Book Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View | Fun backstories from 40 diverse perspectives

TITLE: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
AUTHOR: Various
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: October 2017; Del Ray
GENRE: Science Fiction
FORMAT: Hardback

KEY INFO: Short story anthology, fun and interesting backstories, contributions from popular authors 
REPRESENTATION:
aliens, female MC’s, droids, m/m relationship, people of colour
CONTENT NOTICES:
death

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Book Review | Beyond: The Queer SFF Comic Anthology

Book Review | Beyond: The Queer SFF Comic Anthology

TITLE: Beyond: The Queer Science Fiction & Fantasy Comic Anthology
AUTHOR: edited by Sfe R. Monster
SERIES: Beyond: Queer Anthology Series
RELEASED: September 2015; Beyond Press
GENRE: Science Fiction & Fantasy
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: comics, adorable fluff, queerness, family, acceptance, love and squish
REPRESENTATION:
women of colour, f/f, interspecies families and romances, interracial families and romances, m/m, trans woman, polyamorous, people of colour, bisexual, trans masculine, gender fluidity, non-binary, Asian woman
CONTENT NOTICES:
appropriation of two-spirit & Native American culture in ‘Twin Souled’

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ARC Review: The Sum of Us |”We’re All Care Givers”

ARC Review: The Sum of Us |”We’re All Care Givers”

TITLE: The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound
AUTHOR: edited by Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: September 2017; Laksa Media Groups
GENRE: Speculative Fiction
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: disability and caregiver relationships, science fiction, diversity, anthology
REPRESENTATION:
disabled, trans woman, people of colour, LGB, elderly, migrant, caregivers
CONTENT WARNINGS:
grief, death, euthanasia, misgendering/misnaming of trans woman by father, chronic illness

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The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound edited by Lucas K. Law and Susan Forest starts with a fairly simple premise. We are all caregivers. Whether we’re parents, children, elderly or young, hospital staff, soldiers, siblings, personal assistants or even pets, we all care for someone in some capacity and are cared for by others.

Released on the 8th September 2017, The Sum of Us is a brilliant, dynamic and diverse speculative fiction anthology which brings caregivers to the front stage and allows us to not only experience the vast variety of voices, experiences and stories of carers but does so in such a way which encourages us to reimagine care work and caregivers. Who are caregivers? What does it mean to care? How gendered, age and species related is caregiving? How do we define quality of life? Who can care (robots, humans, animals, aliens)? Where does the caregiver end and the non-caregiver begin?

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