Clavis Aurea
Charlotte Ashley

Clavis Aurea #29 (Lisa L. Hannett, Zen Cho, Catherynne M. Valente)

In a lot of more literary speculative fiction, the monsters are allegorical. Familiar creatures can be taken as shorthand for particular themes – unicorns for innocence, dragons for power and so on – in order to invoke a complex cultural history with the clever insertion of a symbol.

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Clavis Aurea
Charlotte Ashley

Clavis Aurea #25: Brooke Bolander, K.J. Kabza, Curtis C. Chen

While I understand that a “strong female character” is a fraught idea and that we need to look beyond angry, ass-kicking women with tragic pasts when defining strength, I’m not going to lie – I really like angry, ass-kicking women, though I can take or leave the tragic pasts.

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