A few Friday links … week ending 15/06/2012

>Haven’t done a links round-up for a while but I’m trying to get back into the habit (though I really need to find a better name for this section than Trade Tokens. Suggestions welcome).

Western Cultural Imperialism bingo card – Card designed by Aliette de Bodard, Joyce Chng, Kate Elliott, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, @requireshate, Charles Tan, @automathic and @mizHalle. A pertinent reminded that globalisation facilitates colonialism in a whole new set of ways.

The Feminist Speculative Literature Anthology, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, is now open for submissions. ‘This project will be published by PM Press under the guidance and co-publishing arrangement with Jef Smith of GeekRadical and is scheduled to be released in May 2013. The anthology will emphasize women’s speculative fiction from the 1970s onward, looking to explore women’s rights as well as gender/race/class/etc. from as many perspectives as possible.’

Five out of the seven shortlisted short fiction titles in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards are now online, with the possibility of the other two to come. Over at Strange Horizons Niall Harrison is suggestingthat it would be great if people were to blog about these stories in the way they blog about the Hugo short fiction shortlists. I’m game: anyone else fancy joining in?

A recent Mind Meld at SF Signal posed the question, How Do You Write Science Fiction on a Post-Colonial World? The answers, from among others Joyce Chng, Ekaterina Sedia, Karen Lord, Jeff VanderMeer, Vandana Singh and Jaymee Goh, are thought-provoking, not least for the way they reframe the question, which is, in short and long form, not properly thought through. Well worth reading.

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