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The Strange Horizons Book Club Part 1: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, by Karen Burnham, Vajra Chandrasekera, Martin McGrath, Ethan Robinson, and Vandana Singh (6/22/15)
"To call any work of art "timeless" begs the question at best. Nevertheless, though, I want to say that the core of Rendezvous with Rama, the wonder and mystery and joy I feel when I read it, remains untouched by time, and whether it actually will or not it feels to me as though it always will."
The Strange Horizons Book Club Part 2: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, by Karen Burnham, Vajra Chandrasekera, Martin McGrath, Ethan Robinson, and Vandana Singh (6/22/15)
"This is also how I'm explaining the otherwise discordant simp interlude to myself. It's an uplift red herring! As in, maybe it's meant to get us into the uplift state of mind, to set up an implied/potential Ramans:humans::humans:superchimps relationship."
Splitting the Difference: A Discussion about Indian Speculative Fiction, part 1, by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh (9/30/13)
As part of this week's issue, we asked a panel of writers, critics, academics and editors to answer some questions about Indian SF.
Splitting the Difference: A Discussion about Indian Speculative Fiction, part 2, by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh (9/30/13)
In the second half of this week's round-table, the panel discuss their visions for Indian speculative fiction, their recommendations and influences.
Introduction to "Runaway Cyclone" and "Sheesha Ghat", by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh (9/30/13)
We have chosen two stories not as representatives of Indian speculative fiction but as interesting instances of the genre.
Writing Climate Change: A Round Table Discussion, by Niall Harrison (2/27/12)
Julie Bertagna, Tobias Buckell, Maggie Gee, Glenda Larke, Kim Stanley Robinson, Vandana Singh and Joan Slonczewski discuss why and how they write about climate change in their speculative fiction.
Diffractions: Sleepwalking Toward Calamity: The 2011 Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa, by Vandana Singh (2/27/12)
In the winter of 2011, from November 28 to December 11, the countries of the world met to save it from peril.
Diffractions: Science, Emotions, and Culture (Part 3), by Vandana Singh (12/12/11)
Richard Feynman, in his Lectures on Physics, commenting on the poetic notion that the universe is in a glass of wine, exclaims thus:
Diffractions: On Science, Emotions and Culture (Part 2), by Vandana Singh (10/10/11)
I wondered why, in current Western SF and in science, emotions were apparently considered suspect (except for some specific ones like awe or wonder) and were associated with women.
Diffractions: On Science, Emotions, and Culture (Part 1), by Vandana Singh (8/22/11)
[A] woman who had been a biology major confided in me that when she felt bad about killing baby mice for a biology research project, her professor (a woman, also) said something like: "How can you become a scientist if you are going to get so emotional?"
Living with the Other: Animals, the City, and the Future, by Vandana Singh (6/27/11)
I have been a city girl all my life—despite a constant desire for a more exciting life, such as living in a tree or a cave, I never even got a chance to live in the country. I spent most of my formative years in the metropolis of New Delhi, with summer trips to the large, sprawling town of Patna to see my grandparents. Yet even in the country's capital, a city of millions, my life was filled with daily encounters with non-humans.
Diffractions: Rewilding the World, by Vandana Singh (5/2/11)
There's something about planting a tree. I'm no gardener, having only recently graduated to the point where I am not killing off my house plants, but on every occasion that I've planted a tree I have remembered for long afterward the feeling of bringing something into being that was greater than myself. But I never imagined that any human being could plant an entire rainforest.
Diffractions: Soil, Water, and Pure Air, by Vandana Singh (3/7/11)
So there I was, at the age of seventeen, climbing a cliff in the Himalayas in the middle of the night.
Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra, by Vandana Singh (3/29/10)
These old stories have as many meanings as there are stars in the sky. To assign one single interpretation to them is to miss the point.
Reviews for the week of 6/29/09
Monday: Beyond Balram: Stories by Vandana Singh and Ian McDonald, reviewed by Dan Hartland
Wednesday: Legend of the Seeker, Season One, reviewed by Hannah Strom-Martin
Friday: God of Clocks by Alan Campbell, reviewed by Martin Lewis
Reviews for the week of 3/3/08
Monday: Paolo Bacigalupi's Pump Six and Other Stories, reviewed by Abigail Nussbaum
Wednesday: Vandana Singh's Of Love and Other Monsters, reviewed by Richard Larson
Friday: Stephen Baxter's Weaver, reviewed by Jonathan McCalmont
Three Tales from Sky River: Myths for a Starfaring Age, by Vandana Singh, illustration by Naomi Nowak (1/5/04)
Her scalp was no longer bare, but covered with tentacles, each as thick as her little finger. They writhed and looped about her face, and gave her otherwise pleasing appearance a terrible aspect.
A Portrait of the Artist, by Vandana Singh (7/14/03)
Yet beyond the glare of its twin suns, in the night of the caves, / There are paintings, glowing mauve and silver, yellow and green. / Phosphorescent waves of . . . abstraction? / Or a literal reflection of some unfathomable reality?
Distant Worlds: The Search for Planets Outside the Solar System, by Vandana Singh (10/28/02)
Finding an extrasolar planet is a staggeringly difficult task.