Sleeps With Monsters: Flying Beasts and Complicated, Amazing Woldbuilding

A new column over at

It all comes down to worldbuilding. Delightful, amazing worldbuilding. This is a world in which magic—the Slack, which trained people can use to manipulate the elements—co-exists with technological development. Increasing technological development in the hands of the Machinists has lead to conflict, because the magicians—”Tensors”—understand that their monopoly on doing certain things will be challenged by these developments.

Sleeps With Monsters: Is It Worldcon Yet?

I’m in Uppsala. Here’s a post from Tuesday over at!

This week I want to talk about two recent works, one by Finnish writer Leena Likitalo, and one by Singapore-based J.Y. Yang. It seems fitting to talk about the works of international writers as I head off to the Worldcon, somehow.