READER RESPONSE: @lagunabayfables

Reading this wonderful, heartwrenching book about deep-ocean worlds and the climate crisis in the middle of an intense typhoon put lots of things into perspective. I don’t think I’ve seen or will see anything like it, so if you like strange, beautiful stories, check this one out! Climate fiction written by people who are most affected carry a particular gravity. This book was written by a Pasifika author, and it’s

READER RESPONSE: @karigrafia

WEIRD FISHES by the incredible @raemariz (published by @StelliformPress) has been living in my head rent free for a while. As the protagonists’ world grows bigger and weirder, so will yours. (1/?) I’m not a fan of the idea that reading (and especially reading SFF) extends your empathy or understanding, because this sentiment often glosses over the fact that understanding others, human or other-than-human, is hard, continuous work. Sacrifice, even, sometimes. But… (2/?)

INTERVIEW: with Paul Semel at

Excerpt from interview: “…And I think that might be what makes the story feel so unusual, so unlike what you might typically expect to read as hard science fiction. It’s based in marine biology and ecosystem science, and offers up a mind-bendy conception of time as whirlpools and theories of time-travel. Standard sci-fi elements. So I describe it as sci-fi, but maybe the integration of mermaid folklore and depiction of a not-necessarily

INTERVIEW: with Mary Woodbury at

Excerpt from interview: “…There is a narrative theme about avoiding painful emotions, and not recognizing “the water” all around us. I’m proud of the readers who experienced a strong emotional reaction—at any point in the story—that they let themselves get deep enough into the story and character to feel something. I get that readers may initially be upset with me for making them feel a way—blaming me as the storyteller

READER RESPONSE: @suchwanderings

I need everyone to read WEIRD FISHES by the wonderful @raemariz. This novella has everything: poetry, science, deep sea characters, earth-and-ocean wonder. Searing climate commentary with a much-needed dose of hope. I love this book with all my heart. It’s a vivid, deliciously weird portrait of undersea cultures, multilingualism and communication, and protecting our planet.