Review: The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar

http://wrongquestions.blogspot.com/2016/04/review-winged-histories-by-sofia-samatar.html

Even as we reel from yesterday's Hugo nominees and impatiently await tonight's Clarke nominees, Strange Horizons has published my review of Sofia Samatar's second novel The Winged Histories.  I wrote about Samatar's first novel, A Stranger in Olondria, a few years ago, and was blown away by the beauty of its language, the complexity of its worldbuilding, and the nuanced view it took of the epic

The 2016 Hugo Awards: Thoughts on the Nominees

http://wrongquestions.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-2016-hugo-awards-thoughts-on.html

Some people must really enjoy losing to No Award.
— Abigail Nussbaum (@NussbaumAbigail) April 26, 2016
I have to be honest, my first reaction to this year's Hugo ballot (and even before that, to the rumors of what was going to be on it), was to sigh at the thought of going through this whole thing all over again.  I'm tempted to just link you to last year's reaction post, because pretty much

Ex Machina

http://wrongquestions.blogspot.com/2016/04/ex-machina.html

The summer before last, at LonCon, I participated in a panel about "The Gendered AI"--those characters, either robots or disembodied artificial intelligences, who are seen as possessing a gender (where gender almost always means female, since maleness is still considered an unmarked category, and genre fiction rarely distinguishes between a robot that is genderless and one that is male-identified

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

http://wrongquestions.blogspot.com/2016/04/batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice.html

To get the obvious stuff out of the way, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a terrible movie.  I mean, you didn't need me to tell you that, right?  It's been out for three weeks, and the reviews have been so uniformly terrible that its 28% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes actually seems a bit high.  And before that consensus formed, there were the pre-release reviews, which were if anything