A new column over at Tor.com:
Life takes you by surprise with how fast things happen. In the past few weeks, I’ve become engaged to be married, and set out on a journey of attempting to buy a house with my beloved fiancée. (Houses are bewildering and expensive.) This makes me feel rather sympathetic to the just-turned adult protagonists of E.K. Johnston’s That Inevitable Victorian Thing, who are all of a sudden finding themselves dealing with truly adult concerns.
mail list joined, book bought. BUT what has delighted me is seeing discussion of Melissa Scott’s (putatively) ya SF books. We discovered them ~ 1992-3 when our son was 10 and we were looking for SF books we could enjoy together. Ms Scott’s books (very few are even available as e-books) were/are sui-generis. Yes, she reminds one of Le Guin’s anthropological world building; but the worlds Scott builds are far more complex, yet she works hard to make the details mesh. And she’s one of the few SF writers to take “art” seriously; depending on the book, music, visual art, gaming and more feature prominently. And for YA SF to handle gender issues seriously and in depth was another bonus! Unfortunately I’ve loaned out several of my old paperback copies of her novels so i can’t pass them on to you; i was particularly looking for Shadow Man and Dreaming Metal. In my old age arthritis keeps me from reading physical books so i keep looking for her “non-romance” books as e-books. Really, Trouble and her Friends was one of her weaker efforts – but all three of us still liked it..a lot!. Burning Bright did LARPS and gender complexity long before any other SFF writer i am aware of had a clue.