2020 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow R. B. Lemberg’s amazing THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES is a beautifully articulated exploration of queer identity and transformation
R. B. Lemberg and their debut book THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES continue to attract effusive attention.
LOCUS reports that Lemberg has been chosen as the 2020 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow.
The $2,000 fellowship, sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), is awarded “to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction.”
SCUA houses the papers of Suzette Haden Elgin, Kate Elliot, Sally Miller Gearhart, Molly Gloss, Damon Knight, Ursula K. Le Guin, Laurie Marks, Joanna Russ, Jessica Salmonson, James Tiptree, Jr., and Kate Wilhelm, and is in the process of acquiring the papers of other feminist science fiction authors.
Anna Burke at NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS praises the book.
THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES is a beautifully articulated exploration of queer identity and transformation. Lemberg’s prose is rhythmic and haunting. They do not flinch from truth, but neither do they dwell too long in darkness. “It is only in stories that change is easily found,” says Uiziya e Lali, but Lemberg’s first Birdverse novel is a testimony to how stories can do just that. The inventiveness of this world and its systems of magic reflects our own but does not mirror it; the possibilities presented offer hope for different ways and modes of being.
MI BOOK REVIEWS feels much the same.
THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES is AMAZING. The two MCs are trans and are totally the sort of heroes I needed to read.
In advance of forthcoming (Nov. 16) first issue, REVUU teases coverage of the acclaimed debut.
We also cover the debut of an up-and-coming writer who creates a fictional world based on the LGBTQ+ society in Kris van der Voorn’s review of THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES.
INSECTOID REVIEWS reveals Why You Should Read Birdverse.
I strongly urge everyone to read Birdverse, it is truly one of the hidden gems in today’s science fiction. I only scratched the surface of why these stories are great. Birdverse is shaped by R. B. Lemberg’s queerness, neurodivergence, and Jewishness creating a rich tapestry of immersive narratives full of hope and comfort for the othered and marginalized. Don’t know where to start? Start with “Grandmother-nai-Leyit’s Cloth of Winds”. You can find the entire bibliography of Birdverse at R. B. Lemberg’s website with many of the stories free to read.
In the REDDIT r/Fantasy discussion Why should I write fantasies? The struggle of a writer, eriophora of Black Forest Basilisks suggests THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES, Marie Brennan’s DRIFTWOOD, and several others.
Some books that I think are stand-outs when it comes to exploring philosophy, humanity, and getting into “deeper” ideas:
Deerskin by Robin McKinley
My Heart Struck Sorrow by John Hornor Jacobs
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (fantasy/sci-fi)
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez (fantasy/sci-fi)
Silently and Very Fast by Caitlin Starling (fantasy/sci-fi)
The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar
THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by RB Lemberg
The Seventh Perfection by Daniel Polansky
The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North
DRIFTWOOD by Marie Brennan
Ringshout by P Djeli Clark