“Frequently” is a bit of an exaggeration – really this is more like “Occasionally (maybe once or twice) Asked Questions.”

Are you going to do this forever?

This is a temporary project. However, I do hope to continue to read more diversely and thoughtfully.

Why don’t you choose the books you are reading based on the merits of the book itself, rather than the identity of the author?

Well, I did just that for most of my life, and my SFF reading was largely limited to male authors (and overwhelmingly, white ones). Since the works of female authors are less reviewed and less well publicized, I think that without making a specific, intentional effort, I have been upholding the status quo of marginalization. Aside from that, though, I *am* still choosing books based on their merits, as well as my own taste – there are still tons of books to choose from, in a variety of genres and styles.

Is this project just about science fiction and fantasy, or all books in general?

I am limiting it to SFF… although realistically, that is most of what I read anyway.

What counts as science fiction and fantasy?

I’m going to say that anything that could be classified under the umbrella of speculative fiction is included; sci-fi, fantasy, alternate histories, post-apocalyptic, horror, utopian and dystopian literature… I’m taking it broadly.

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  1. Dear Balanced Shelf:

    I’m contacting you to let you know that A Princess of the Chameln by Cherry Wilder ($5.99, ISBN 978-1-5040-2697-0) is going to be published as an e-book for the first time, on November 17, by Mashup Press, distributed by Open Road Integrated Media on all major etailers’ web sites. It will be available as a print on demand trade paperback a month later. The sequels Yorath the Wolf and The Summer’s King, which together with A Princess of the Chameln comprise the Rulers of Hylor trilogy, will be published at three month intervals.

    It has been a while since this book has been available—two decades, in fact, since the Baen Books paperback edition, which reprinted the original hardcover edition of A Princess of the Chameln.

    If you are familiar with A Princess of the Chameln or the trilogy—you already know that they are Cherry Wilder’s great epic high-fantasy adventure. If you don’t know these books, I think you’ll have a great surprise in store.

    A Princess . . . is the story of Aidris, the heir to the double-throne of Hylor. When her crown is usurped by pretenders and she must flee for her life, she must fend for herself, exiled in a world of enemies, forced to fight to survive as she seeks allies friendly to her cause. In the richly developed fantasy world of Hylor and the realms within it that vie for ascendance, Cherry Wilder deftly balances politics and warfare with the subtly nuanced, memorable characters whose lives play out in this uniquely powerful novel.

    Cherry Wilder died in 2003, but her great works live on, and we’re all thrilled to be able to bring these books to a new generation of fantasy readers. We’d be happy to send you an e-galley of A Princess of the Chameln, if you like. Please email us if you’re interested.

    Thanks for your time and consideration.


    James Frenkel & Catherine Pfeifer

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