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January 17, 2018

Episode 179 of Speculate!–Mishell Baker Novel Review (Borderline)

Welcome to Episode 179 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans.  In this episode Mike welcomes writer and editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry as a guest co-host for our next triptych, this one on Mishell Baker’s Borderline. Greg is taking a much-deserved month off from the triptych, to return soon.

Borderline provides a fresh take on the Fair Folk in an Urban/Contemporary Fantasy story, starring Millie, a suicide survivor who joins The Arcadia Project, an organization that regulates the movements of the Fair Folk in the human world. We talked about some of the reasons why Borderline has been a critical darling, including the sharpness of Millie’s character voice, the way disability and interdependence are used in the book, and how the novel goes beyond the easy and the expected in using Los Angeles and Hollywood as a setting. Elsa suggested Borderline for this triptych, and brought excellent perspectives for the conversation.

If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll chat with Mishell Baker about the book.  Please check out our Patreon and consider becoming a patron so you can get access to even more content as our show continues to grow and develop.  Thanks for supporting us here and via our Patreon page, and thanks as always for listening to and spreading the word about the show!

BONUS: Writers should check out the call for submissions for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction! Elsa is the guest non-fiction editor for the special issue. The submission window runs from Jan 15th 2018 through Feb 15th, 2018.

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