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Foz Meadows
Foz Meadows is a bipedal mammal with delusions of immortality and YA urban fantasy author. Her current novels, Solace and Grief and The Key to Starveldt, are available in both paper and ebook formats; she also blogs about writing, feminism, pop culture, politics and other such mad ephemera. Foz currently lives in Bristol with not enough books and her very own philosopher. Surprisingly, this is a good thing.

Entries by Foz Meadows

Politics Belong in Science Fiction

(28) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Writing in last week's USA Today, Glenn Harlan Reynolds has made a case for why he feels that politics don't belong in science fiction. He begins:

There was a time when science fiction was a place to explore new ideas, free of the conventional wisdom of staid, "mundane" society,...

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Once More in Defense of Fantasy: A Response to Joanna Trollope

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Just when I think the literary establishment can become no more obliviously dismissive of SFF as a genre, along comes Joanna Trollope to complain that fantasy novels, while "a lovely escape," fail to provide a strong enough sense of moral guidance for children:

In an interview with The...
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When Sentient Artificial Intelligence Becomes Reality

(68) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Two things humans often do: We anthropomorphise, and we dehumanise. Which is, if you think about it, a rather curious dichotomy: when we anthropomorphise, we ascribe...

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Romance Cooties: Women and Science Fiction

(36) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 1:20 PM

When I was five or six, the must-have toys of the minute for girls were the Cupcake Dolls -- a range of little plastic princesses with chunky hats whose legless torsos melted seamlessly into their voluminous rubber skirts. The big twist, as the name suggests, was that the dolls converted...

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Why Terry Deary Is Wrong: The Case For Libraries

(37) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 11:31 AM

If someone too poor or otherwise unable to buy a specific product is given that product for free, has the product's creator lost a sale?

In most instances, I'd argue, the answer is no. You can't lose money that doesn't exist in the first place, or which your potential customer...

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Jarring Belles

(6) Comments | Posted February 2, 2013 | 10:37 AM

According to today's Guardian, there's been something of a furor over the cover selected for the 50th anniversary edition of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - specifically, in the words of writer Alexandra Topping, about the fact that it "portray[s] the book as glorified chick lit", thereby "misrepresenting...

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Sexism vs. The Costa Prize

(4) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Sometimes, there just isn't enough facepalm in the world.

Writing in this week's Telegraph, journalist and author Amanda Craig elected to comment on the fact that, for the first time in its 41-year history, the shortlist for the Costa Prize consists entirely of works by female authors, pointing out...

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Book Bloggers vs. Literary Critics: A Response

(9) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 10:27 AM

There's something rather satisfying about using the Huffington Post, a venue built on blogging, to respond to Peter Stothard's alarmist claim that book bloggers are ruining literature. Rather than being hypocritical, the fact that Stothard is himself a blogger actually serves to underline the true clannish elitism of...

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Context, Goodwill and Narrative

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 1:54 PM

In the decade or so that I've been a Terry Pratchett fan, I'm yet to satisfactorily solve the dilemma of which of his Discworld books to recommend as a starting point for newcomers to the series, despite the comparative regularity with which I've been asked to do so. The number...

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Sex, Desire and Fan Fiction

(98) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 1:32 PM

Browsing through the Guardian today, I came across this article by Ewan Morrison on the history and popularity of fan fiction, with eventual, inevitable reference to Fifty Shades of Grey. The essay is something of a hodgepodge, to say the least, containing multiple glaring inaccuracies (slashfic,...

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Racism, 'Revealing Eden' and STGRB

(51) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 5:52 PM

In the past few weeks, mass critical discussion of a YA novel by Victoria Foyt -- titled Revealing Eden: Save the Pearls -- has sprung up online after various people noticed that the book was, shall we say, extremely problematic vis-a-vis racism. And by 'extremely problematic,' I mean that the...

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Goodreads and the Rise of Digital Reviewing

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Prior to the internet, where did you go for book reviews? How did you learn about new authors? What aspects of storytelling did you discuss?

As a card-carrying member of Gen Y, I'm arguably a representative of the last generation to remember what life was like before everyone was online....

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Stop the GR Bullies: A Response

(27) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 2:52 PM

When I first became aware of the Stop the GR Bullies website, I blogged in some detail about why I thought it was a bad idea. Now that the site has been live for slightly more than a fortnight, my position on the matter has only...

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