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Midweek Fiction: Kat Howard, "Sweet Sixteen"

Editor's note: Our apologies--this post originally ran without the interview section.  Our technical difficulties have been fixed, and we thank you for your patience.

Last week, we launched a new weekly feature where we highlight a speculative short story that is available on the Internet.  Our first feature was Kelly Link's "Valley of the Girls," and this week, we feature a story by Kat Howard, our own content editor!

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Our Fantastic Week Ahead: July 25

Every year, the Hugo Awards are given in various categories for the best science fiction and fantasy of the year before.  They are awarded at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), which will be held this year in August in Reno, Nevada.

The Hugo Awards cover a wide range of material--from Best Short Story to Best Editor (both short and long form) to Best Professional Artist to Best Fanzine.  While we'd love to be able to highlight all of these categories, here at Fantasy Matters we are going to focus on one category in particular--Best Novel.

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Fantastically Fun Fridays: July 22

Whew, it's Friday!  We hope that wherever you have been this week, you have been staying cool. 

Since the best plan for the weekend seems to be hiding out inside, browsing the Internet with the AC turned on high, here are some fun links to get you started!

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X-Men in Real Life

AlphasAt some point, I think, we have all dreamed about what we would want our superpower to be.  I always ruled out mind reading because I figured it would cause more problems than anything (who really wants to know what everyone thinks of them?), and perhaps I'm too much of a goody-two-shoes to be drawn to invisibility.  But flying (with big wings, please) always held a very strong appeal, and after spending much of the last year driving all over creation, I think I'd probably have to go with teleportation.  Sitting in traffic in Chicago is something that I would really love to be able to avoid.

But these are the types of superpowers that people in capes or skin-tight suits have.  People like Magneto, Rogue, Cyclops, and Storm.  People who are played in movies by actors who are extraordinarily attractive and make more in one movie than I will make in my entire life.  People who are--let's face it--not you or me. 

But what if someone made a show about people like you and me who did have superpowers?

Alphas is that show.

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The Fantastic in the Fine Arts: "Heads Will Roll"

In addition to our "Midweek Fiction" post, we're introducing another regular feature this week--a weekly post about ways in which elements of fantasy and science fiction are represented in the fine arts.  We'll be featuring visual artists and musicians whose work somehow incorporates speculative elements, and hopefully kick off some interesting conversations about how these media forms enhance the fantasy and science fiction genres.

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