A great review

Bogi Takács, who has done a lot of wonderful reviews of Hugo-eligible work this year, offers a clueful and detailed, and very positive, review of “Held Close in Syllables of Light.” What a treat – thank you, Bogi!

Bogi raised two issues about worldbuilding: one pertaining to the class representation in “Held Close…” and another about the parallels between the Khana and the Jews. I have answered the question of classism in the comments (the second one is probably more to the point than the first), and I am planning to post my response to the “Jewish Question” (hehe) separately as an essay on my blog.


  1. prezzey says:

    Thank you for the link and I’m looking forward to your Judaism-related post!

    Also thanks for the diacritic. I’m beginning to wonder if I should make a set of diacritics to hand out to people. 😀

  2. Rose says:

    The issue with diacritics is that I have no idea how to produce them in a comment field or in an entry, so I go to Word and generate them there, which is often a drag. Is there a better way to do that?

  3. prezzey says:

    I have them on my keyboard so I’m probably not the best person to ask ;] (I even have a bunch of extra characters not present in Hungarian, like ä, ß etc.)

    But whenever I need extra characters I don’t have on my keyboard, I search Wikipedia and paste it them in from there.

    Alternately, there is one of my favorite Firefox extensions – http://www.benya.com/transliterator/ I use it mostly to type in Russian Cyrillic, but it also does Hebrew, etc and has user-customizable layouts, so you can add anything. I should probably make a layout for my main conculture where the main conlang has macrons when transcribed to the Latin alphabet. (I should’ve just used the Hungarian á, é, í, ó, ú instead, but I love macrons!)

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Rose Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Tiptree, Elgin, Rhysling, and Crawford awards.

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