Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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Valya Dudycz Lupescu

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    David G. Hartwell, 1941-2016

    David G. Hartwell, 1941-2016

    David G. Hartwell has passed away. David leaves an indelible mark on fantasy and science fiction--so many people who write and edit and read have been shaped by his vision and commitment to the genre. I met David while planning the Fuller Award to honor Gene Wolfe in 2012, and he was so generous and kind in all his help and enthusiasm. I delighted in subsequent opportunities I had to interact with him, at ICFA and other conventions, as well as on trips to New York where our paths crossed. Everything about the way he engaged with the world, from his clothes to[...]
    David Bowie: His Memory Is a Blessing

    David Bowie: His Memory Is a Blessing

    Like so many people, I'm moved by the passing of David Bowie. When the kids woke up, I was listening to his music and weepy. I tried to explain it to them. "Was he your friend?" my youngest asked, knowing how many of my favorite artists are friends or acquaintances. "He wasn't," I replied. "I never had the chance to meet him, but his music was important...to me and to the world." "You still have that," my twelve-year-old replied sagely over her breakfast. "You can listen to it any time you want." She's right, of course. His memory, his music, lives on. One of the most important books I've[...]
    On New Years, Faraway Friends, and Fairy Tales

    On New Years, Faraway Friends, and Fairy Tales

    They take their mugs, then their seats, and fill the room; the empty chair holding everything they do not say. Until she speaks to raise a mug and, in remembering, cracks the silence, spills everything, and takes them back with, “I remember when” and “He always” and “I will miss” and “If only.” ("Seven," KROnline ) I'm delighted that my new short story, "Seven" has been published by The Kenyon Review Online. The story is essentially a love letter to friends near and especially far, whom I don't get to see often enough. It was also born out of something I was thinking a lot about at the time:[...]
    The Mail Goblins in Winter

    The Mail Goblins in Winter

    I've written before about how much I love getting mail and adore hand-written letters. Because of this, I've always paid particular attention to mail that arrives damaged, and when I was a girl I concocted an elaborate story in my head about the goblinny creatures who live in the post office and delight in damaging packages and letters. (Come to think about it, THAT'S what the Box Trolls reminded me off). My most recent crop of mail seems to have been handled by a particularly exuberant gaggle of mail goblins--even taking what look like bites out of my New Yorker​ cover.[...]
    To Shatter and Create: Interviewing Matthew Kressel

    To Shatter and Create: Interviewing Matthew Kressel

    It was a delight interviewing Matthew Kressel for The Brooklyn Rail. We talked about his engaging debut novel, KING OF SHARDS, his other writing and creative projects, and the different ways Matt explores myth, landscape, and beauty in unlikely places. NYC friends, The Brooklyn Rail is in print, but everyone can read it online. (And if you haven't encountered The Brooklyn Rail, check it out. It's a really wonderful journal.) You can read the interview here: http://www.brooklynrail.org/2015/12/books/to-shatter-and-create-matthew-kressel-with-valya-dudycz-lupescu [...]

Critical Acclaim

Lovely Prose

The lovely prose and the mix of mythic Ukrainian matter with a contemporary setting won me over. Continue reading on sfsite.com

5 out of 5 stars

This is definitely something to read and add to your collection if you enjoy a good story that involves the use of folk tales. 5 out of 5 stars. Continue reading on Indie Comix

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