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Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.
Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.
on Feb. 25, 2012 :
This was my first exposure to the Ai-Naidari, and I was immediately hooked. The Calligrapher is a character I find positively fascinating, and the little bits of his life written down in these Incense Stories only found me hungering for more. For the most part light-hearted and uplifting, these stories are nonetheless thought-provoking, and a book I find myself coming back to re-read again and again.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 05, 2010 :
Truly one of M.C.A. Hogarth's stranger and greater books, the Aphorisms are essentially wisdom stories or parables from a very alien culture and species. It was an experimental work by her, written with input from people on the author's LiveJournal, and it was very successful. The Ai-Naidar are simultaneously very alien and very understandable. Make no mistake, this is not a book that would get far through mainstream SF publishers; but if you want to see an alien culture through its own eyes in quick and enlightening stories, then you WILL want to read this.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)