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» Onion's A.V. Club interviews Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean; also, Serenity reviewed

» Time Magazine interviews Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon, paired with essay The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth by Lev Grossman

» L.A. Times article on MirrorMask's $4 million budget

» Rick Kleffel interviews and reviews Aimee Bender

» Ellen Datlow's photos from the Sept 21st KGB reading with Nancy Kress and Alexander Irvine

» Cheryl Morgan's Emerald City issue #121

» Boston Globe's Peter Bebergal reviews books by John Crowley and Kelly Link

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews Neil Gaiman's "delightful, funny and affecting new novel"

» San Francisco Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Scott Westerfeld, Rick Riordan, and Hervé Jubert

» Green Man Review offers "The Winter Queen" reel composed in honor of Jane Yolen; see What's New for the story behind it, or listen

» The New Yorker briefly notes Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners

[ earlier Blinks below ]
earlier BLINKS
» The Carl Brandon Society, "dedicated to the representation of people of color in the fantastical genres", is holding a contest to name its two new awards; Cheryl Morgan spells out the details

» Rick Kleffel interviews and reviews Jeffrey Ford

» Concatenation's Autumn issue has extensive news from recent months, plus reviews of books, art, and graphic novels

» SFFWorld reviews Neil Gaiman, Raymond E. Feist, and David Gemmell

» FantasyBookSpot interviews Robin Hobb

» PH-UK interviews Hal Duncan

» Tachyon Publications celebrates its 10th anniversary this Saturday at Borderlands Books in San Francisco, with Jack Vance, Peter Beagle, Terry Bisson, and others

» ArtOrg in Northfield, Minnesota, is hosting a John Berkey exhibition this weekend, 23-25 September, including works never before seen by the public; a second, larger exhibition opens in November

» Holtzbrinck Podcasts, offering free audio excerpts of selected titles from Tor and other publishers, begins this week with works by Orson Scott Card and Ben Bova

» AP: Stephen King is auctioning rights to name characters in his novels to support the First Amendment Project; other writers involved are Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Karen Joy Fowler, and Jonathan Lethem

» Strange Horizons has revived its reviews section and will be posting several items weekly; editorial

»'s Science Fiction in the News

» A.R. Yngve provides classic pulp covers resized for mobile phone screens

» LA Times Magazine: profile of Richard Matheson

» Jeff VanderMeer interrogates Australian writers Bishop, Westerfeld, Larbalestier, Maloney, and others...

» Voting for the 3rd annual Wooden Rocket Awards, for best SF/F websites, is now open

» Jeff VanderMeer interviews Garth Nix

» Jack

» Steven H Silver's Argentus issue #5 is available in PDF, with work by Julie E. Czerneda, Mike Resnick, Stanley Schmidt, S.M. Stirling, Gene Wolfe, and others

» Apex SF and Horror Digest Issue #3 is now on sale; contents include M.M. Buckner, William R. Eakin, Brian Keene

» FantasyBookSpot interviews Sarah Ash

» SFFWorld interviews and reviews John Marco, reviews Dozois' Galileo's Children, and reviews Robert Williams

» Reason: Dhalgren in New Orleans: What an old science-fiction novel can tell us about the Big Easy

» Where London Stood, David Platt's site about 'the contemporary city in ruins'

» John Shirley's guest blogger Norman Spinrad on the "War on Terror"

» Guardian's Sarah Crown talks to Kim Stanley Robinson "about climate change, the power of science and the trials of living under 'the worst president in American history' "

» Jeff VanderMeer interviews the editors of Scottish SF/F Fiction anthology Nova Scotia

» DoubleFiltered: interview with Cory Doctorow

» Paul Levinson on media coverage of Katrina: The media's righteous outrage

» Salon serializes Cory Doctorow's novella "Themepunks" beginning today for 10 weeks

» Time Magazine reviews 5 Short Story Gems including books by China Miéville and Kelly Link

» Guardian's Gary Taylor doesn't like Dan Simmons' Olympos; Cheryl Morgan comments

» Telegraph: Philip Pullman attacks school league tables for killing off curiosity and joy

» Boston Globe: James Sallis on Echoes from sci-fi's golden age, specifically Eric Frank Russell's Wasp


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2005 Blinks Archive

Tuesday 27 September 2005

•   Monitor: New Books

Notable new books seen earlier this month include Terry Pratchett's Thud!, Octavia E. Butler's Fledgling, Judith Berman's Bear Daughter, and others by Carol Berg, Terry Brooks, Algis Budrys, Chris Bunch, James Chambers, Dave Elliott et al., David Gemmell, Joaquin Ramon Herrera, William H. Keith Jr., Lydia Millet, Drew Morse, Lucius Shepard, S.M. Stirling, Erik Tomblin, and Scott Westerfeld.

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Terry Pratchett's Thud! debuts strongly on US lists; plus, Cornelia Funke

Monday 26 September 2005

•   Feature Review:

Howard Waldrop & Lawrence Person review Corpse Bride

corpse bride

Wowee! The more you know about stop-motion animation, the more wonderful this film is. At the same time, someone knowing absolutely nothing about the form (and who probably thinks this was done with computers or something) will marvel at it anyway, and be taken in by the story.

Tuesday 20 September 2005

»   Author News

SF author Jonathan Lethem is one of this year's recipients of a MacArthur 'Genius' Grant, a no-strings-attached cash award of $500,000.
• The MacArthur Fellows Program website provides this Lethem biography.
• Octavia Butler won a MacArthur grant in 1995.

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Terry Brooks; Neil Gaiman; Susanna Clarke

Saturday 17 September 2005

•   Monitor: What's In Other Magazines

Early September: Interzone reaches its 200th issue, Analog serializes Karl Schroeder, Asimov's stars M. Bennardo and Rudy Rucker, and New York Review of Science Fiction examines Mark David Chapman; plus Australian shorts from Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and poetry from Dreams and Nightmares

•   Monitor: New in Paperback

Notable books in new paperback editions this month include Locus Award winning novels by Susanna Clarke and Neal Stephenson, and other titles by Stephen R. Donaldson, L.E. Modesitt Jr., Elizabeth Moon, Frank M. Robinson, and S.M. Stirling

Thursday 15 September 2005

»   Awards News

Finalists for this year's Endeavour Award, for distinguished SF/F book by a Pacific Northwest author, are by Patricia McKillip, Louise Marley, Jerry Oltion, Alma Alexander, and Lucius Shepard. The winner will be announced at Orycon 27 in Portland OR, 4-6 November 2005.
• Past Endeavour winners and nominees

Wednesday 14 September 2005

•   Monitor: New Books

Notable new books seen the first week of September include Herbert, Herbert, & Anderson's The Road to Dune, Michael Blumlein's The Healer, Howard Waldrop's Heart of Whitenesse, and other books from the 'Ratbastards', Joseph Covino Jr., Diane Duane, Simon Haynes, James Herbert, Robin Hobb, Katsuhiro Otomo, Kit Reed, and Sean Wallace

Tuesday 13 September 2005

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Elizabeth Kostova; Christopher Paolini; J.K. Rowling

Monday 12 September 2005

»   Awards News

• Winners of this year's Seiun Awards for best SF published in Japan in 2004 include Greg Egan's Distress as best Foreign Long Story, Theodore Sturgeon's "And Now the News..." as best Foreign Short Story, and works by Yuichi Sasamoto and Tobi Hirotaka in Japanese categories.
SFWA News lists complete results and nominees

• Winners of this year's Eurocon Awards, announced at the 27th European Science Fiction Convention held in conjunction with last month's World SF Convention, include Ukraine writers Marina and Sergey Dyachenko as Best Author, UK magazine Nature as Best Publisher, and Ukraine's Sergey Poyarkov as Best Artist.
Complete results on the European SF Society website.

• A new fundraising effort to support the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been launched; see Supporters of Serendip for details.

Sunday 11 September 2005

•   Monitor: Classic Reprints

Seen in August: space opera by Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett; H.P. Lovecraft introduced by China Miéville; Philip K. Dick's definitive biography; and other books by Brian Aldiss, Charles de Lint, David Eddings, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Robin McKinley

Thursday 8 September 2005

»   Awards News

Nominees for the 2005 Geffen Awards, presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, include translated SF books by Robert Charles Wilson, Elizabeth Moon, Karin Lowachee, Kage Baker, and Arthur C. Clarke... and translated fantasy books by Guy Gavriel Kay, Carol Berg, Philip Pullman, Megan Lindholm, and Laurell K. Hamilton. Winners will be announced at ICon 2005 in Tel Aviv, 18-21 Oct 2005.

•   Special Feature: Comments from the Polls

Voters in this year's Locus Poll and Survey and the special All-time Fantasy Story Poll were invited to add comments to their ballots. Here's what some of them said about the poll, about Locus, and about SF and fantasy in 2004.

Wednesday 7 September 2005

•   Future History: Forthcoming Books

Selected US and UK titles scheduled for September 2005 through June 2006, from Locus Magazine's September 2005 issue, are listed here by month

Tuesday 6 September 2005

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Christopher Paolini; Raymond E. Feist; Cornelia Funke; Herbert/Herbert/Anderson; Brian Jacques; S.M. Stirling

Monday 5 September 2005

•   Monitor: What's In Other Magazines

Seen in late August, new issues of Apex SF & Horror Digest, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Star*Line, and True Review; earlier in August, issues of Analog, Asimov's, Black Gate, Chronicle, F&SF, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, NFG, and Postscripts

Friday 2 September 2005

•   Monitor: New Books

Notable new books seen at the end of August include Bradbury Speaks, Jeffrey Ford's The Girl in the Glass, China Miéville's Looking for Jake, Christopher Paolini's Eldest, Jack Williamson's The Stonehenge Gate, Gene Wolfe's Starwater Strains, and other titles by M.M. Buckner, Jacqueline Carey, Samuel R. Delany, Gardner Dozois, Catherine Fisher, Walter H. Hunt, Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill, Fiona McIntosh, Martin Scott, Sharon Shinn, Mark W. Tiedemann, S.L. Viehl, and James M. Ward.

Thursday 1 September 2005

»   Katrina News

• New Orleans writer Poppy Z. Brite, who reported August 28 that she and her husband had left the city and gone to her mother's house in central Mississippi and then hadn't been heard from since, checked in today on her blog from a wireless cafe in Jackson. She's had no word on her house or cats, and thanks those who've donated via the cat fund on her website.

Boing Boing, Kathryn Cramer, Gary Farber, and Making Light have extensive coverage of the aftermath of the hurricane, with the last providing links to Jim Macdonald’s check-in page at SFF Net, Patrick Connors’ check-in page, and the Romance Writers of America check-in page

Wednesday 31 August 2005

»   Announcement

The Brisbane Writers Festival, 29 Sept. - 2 Oct., includes Masterclasses with author Jeff VanderMeer, among many other participants.

Tuesday 30 August 2005

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Christopher Paolini; Bret Easton Ellis; David & Leigh Eddings; Patrick Carman

Monday 29 August 2005

•   Feature Review:

Howard Waldrop & Lawrence Person review The Brothers Grimm


Terry Gilliam is a brilliant director, responsible for several excellent films. This is not one of them. It's not bad at all; it's just too long, too diffuse, and the great stuff makes you want it all to be great.

•   Monitor: New Books

New books seen in the US in mid-August include titles by Kevin J. Anderson, Mike Ashley, F.M. Barrera, Patricia Briggs, Chris Bunch, Jacqueline Carey, Tim Curran, David & Leigh Eddings, Greenberg & Helfers, Holly Lisle, Juliet Marillier, McCaffrey & Scarborough, Scott Nicholson, Joseph R. Pesta, C.J. Ryan, Michelle Sagara, Harry Turtledove, Michael Z. Williamson, and Timothy Zahn.

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Wed 28 Sep 05 —
The October issue, mailing September 29th to subscribers, has interviews with Jack McDevitt and Benjamin Rosenbaum, coverage of InterAction, reviews of 20 books and of short fiction, and more • Table of Contents

Locus Bestsellers -- compiled from specialty stores -- are by J.K. Rowling, Dan Simmons, Neal Stephenson, Troy Denning, and Margaret Weis

New & Notable Books are by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Michael Cunningham, Thomas M. Disch, Jeffrey Ford, China Miéville, Lucius Shepard, Kate Wilhelm, and others
September cover
Fri 23 Sep 05 —
September issue's interviews with Rudy Rucker and Damien Broderick are excerpted...

rudy rucker "'Gnarl' is not so much a form as it is a process that's behaving in an intricate and unpredictable fashion. If I had a coat-of-arms, or for that matter a tombstone, I would put 'Seek the Gnarl' on it!"

damien broderick "The Singularity is a kind of perspective on unspeakable changes that we can't specify yet. We don't know -- that's the point."

Wed 31 Aug 05 —
The September issue, mailed August 30th to subscribers, has Hugo Awards coverage and results, interviews with Rudy Rucker and Damien Broderick, listings of forthcoming books through June 2006, reviews of 28 books and of short fiction, and more • Table of Contents

Locus Bestsellers -- compiled from specialty stores -- are by Lois McMaster Bujold, Kelley Armstrong, Neal Stephenson, Matthew Stover, and Ed Greenwood

New & Notable Books are by Michael Blumlein, Kelly Link, Ian R. MacLeod, Robert Sheckley, Charles Stross, Gene Wolfe, and others
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