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Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Review of Bikes Not Rockets

| October 10, 2018

It’s fitting that I’ve just finished reading and reviewing a book about bikes, since I’m getting ready to go on a bike trip … sort of. I won’t actually be on a bike, but I’ll be accompanying my mom and sisters on a bike trip as their driver. This way, we can throw all of […]

Review of Once Upon a Fact

| August 8, 2018

I’ve got another book review up this week at Mad Scientist Journal, for an anthology of futuristic fairy tales called Once Upon a Fact. If this sounds like the sort of thing you might enjoy, you can check out my review here!

Review of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

| June 27, 2018

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this time for Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers. This is an anthology of solarpunk stories, defined by the publisher as “a type of optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies.” If you like your science fiction positive and optimistic, this is a fantastic little collection […]

Review of As Told by Things

| June 13, 2018

My latest MSJ review is up today, this time for an anthology called As Told by Things! Much like it sounds, it’s a collection of stories from the perspective of inanimate objects, and it’s just as delightful as that sounds! You can read my review here!

Anthology Construction

| April 30, 2018

The final writing panel that I was on at Norwescon was about anthologies–both editing them and writing for them. I’ve had a number of my short stories published in anthologies, with more scheduled, and I’ve also edited all of the Mad Scientist Journal Kickstartered anthologies. I shared the panel with K. G. Anderson, Jennifer Brozek, and […]

Review of Long Hidden

| April 18, 2018

It’s been on my to-read list for quite some time, but I finally have read and reviewed Long Hidden, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older. It’s an anthology of 27 alternate history speculative fiction stories featuring marginalized characters. If you’re curious to see what I thought of it, check out my review at Mad Scientist Journal!

2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide now available!

| December 12, 2017

The 2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is now available, including my story, “Far From Home.” This is my second year with a story in this fantastic anthology of short stories for younger readers, and I’m so excited to be sharing the table of contents with a number of other writers who are also returning for […]

Untethered Authors Disclose Their Story Inspirations for the Anthology (two involve Clippy!)

| October 17, 2016

Where do authors get their story ideas, anyway? In honor of the book release for Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology, four authors divulge their inspirations. Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology is a fictional collection of twenty stories about the intersection of magic and tech, so real life phone interaction must have meant something, right? Maybe. […]

Our First Kickstarter

| February 15, 2014

Mad Scientist Journal, which I help to edit, has just launched our first Kickstarter. We’ll be putting together an anthology of first-person accounts from residents of and visitors to the Miskatonic Valley. The stories will be a little on the creepy side, full of the Lovecraftian horrors for which Arkham and the Miskatonic Valley are […]