Me at the Adelaide Writers’ Week talking about Redemption in Indigo.
(Correction – Oxford was after teaching physics, not before.)
E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
R.I.P. one of our greats.
“Folk stories from around the world have had a major influence on writer and academic Karen Lord.
“The stories she heard growing up captured her imagination and have now infiltrated her own writing.
“As a former soldier, scientist and diplomat, and with an academic background in theology, Karen explores big ideas about what it means to be human, where we came from and where we are going.” - ABC
The Tiptree Award for 2012 goes to Caitlin R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl and Kiini Ibura Salaam’s Ancient, Ancient. Congratulations to both winners and all the other titles on the Honors list. This year’s judges included Golden Tentacle winner Karen Lord.
Galactic life is calmer in Karen Lord’s The Best of All Possible Worlds(Jo Fletcher, £20), despite the opening planetary genocide. Now male survivors of that once-great colony need women. An episodic quest through a Caribbean-flavoured mix of societies – many having psi powers – leads to romance. Ahhh.
It’s refined, meditative and life-affirming, and its exploration of gender politics and ethnology confirms Lord as the natural heiress to Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin.