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» Issue #12 of Lone Star Stories has work by Sandra McDonald, Jo Walton, Pam McNew, and others

» New small press Payseur & Schmidt has a website and has published an anthology with work by Thomas M. Disch, Tim Kirk, and BlöödHag

» Denver Post: Dorman T. Shindler reviews George R.R. Martin

» Frank Wu analyzes Hugo recommendation lists

» AS if!, a new Australian site to help readers find books and magazines to read, has launched

» New e-zine Electric Spec is seeking submissions for its first issue in early 2006

» Boston Globe: Peter Bebergal reviews Dava Sobel's The Planets

» Infinity Plus has new reviews of Rowling, Turley, Meaney, and others, plus reprinted fiction by Gregory Frost, Paul Witcover, and Karen D Fishler

» Fantastic Literature's December list is online

» fps Magazine has new reviews by Cynthia Ward

» The Distant Star is a new "amateur sci-fi and fantasy literature community website"

» Group blog Crooked Timber has hosted a seminar about Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, with response by Clarke; the full seminar is available in pdf

» DarkEcho: Paula Guran interviews and reviews Joe Hill

» Guardian: C.S. Lewis opposed a live action film of Narnia

» Boston Review: John Crowley reviews Richard Hughes

» Emma Bull blogs at Get Back to Work

» Cheryl Morgan's Emerald City #123 is online

» LA Times Book Review: Susan Salter Reynolds' front cover review is of Octavia E. Butler's Fledgling; also, Gregory Benford reviews Ray Kurzweil

» San Francisco Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Kage Baker, Cherie Priest, Jonathan Carroll

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» The New Yorker: Adam Gopnik profiles C.S. Lewis

» Gregory Benford has a new official site, and has teamed with fellow UCI prof Michael Rose for Benford & Rose, promoting "an on-going series of essays on topics spanning a wide range of evolutionary science, physics, and beyond" via Amazon Shorts

» Stephen Jones writes "If anyone has a current contact address or e-mail for Galad Elflandson or the Estate of Sharon Baker, could they please contact me. I have checks and books for both."

» Greeley Tribune: Connie Willis on CBS' adaptation of her novella "Just Like the Ones We Used to Know", broadcast last weekend

» UK bookshop chain Forbidden Planet has a revamped website, and offers an affiliate program

» Jeremy Lassen of Night Shade Books has posted his World Fantasy Con pics

» NY Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of the Year includes Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and books by Murakami, Ellis, Ishiguro, Rushdie

» Blog updates: Derryl Murphy has moved; On Spec has one; and A Small Drop of Ink is a new group blog

» NY Times: Christopher Nolan's film adaptation (scroll down) of Christopher Priest's The Prestige to star David Bowie and others...

» Rick Kleffel on Richard Paul Russo

» SF Weekly: John Joseph Adams interviews Katrina survivors Cowdrey, Brite, and Fox

» Strange Horizons offers an article about the Arctic and an essay by Matthew Cheney

» New York Times Book Review: Jonathan Lethem's Italo for Beginners

» San Francisco Chronicle: SF & Fantasy gift books for the holidays -- i.e. Michael Berry's picks for the best books of the year, by Tuttle, Farris, Waldrop, Varley, Simmons, Link, Moore et al, Westerfeld, Gaiman, and Butler

» Boston Globe's Joshua Glenn's Back to utopia asks "Can the antidote to today's neoliberal triumphalism be found in the pages of far-out science fiction?", considering works by PKD, Le Guin, Delany, and Fredric Jameson's new Archaeologies of the Future

» Guardian: Gwyneth Jones reviews Justina Robson; Top 20 geek novels

» Green Man Review's Cat Eldridge reviews Richard Bowes and Larry Niven; also, a Vance bibliography reviewed, and Kage Baker’s soul cake recipe in What's New

» Rambles has new reviews of books by Gregory Frost, Richard Bowes, and Jane Yolen

» Ellen Datlow has posted photos from the SFWA Reception in NYC and photos from the KGB reading with Judith Berman and Joe Hill

» Independent: Roz Kaveney talks with Alan Moore: Could it be magic?

» Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show has new comics by Orson Scott Card, "Fat Farm", and new reviews by John Joseph Adams

» Call for submissions: She’s Such a Geek, "An Anthology by and for Women Obsessed with Computers, Science, Comic Books, Gaming, Spaceships, and Revolution" (also posted by Boing Boing)

» Aeon Speculative Fiction's fifth issue, now available via various online retailers, features Howard V. Hendrix, Jay Lake, Mark Bourne, Dr. Rob Furey, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and others

» Australian dark fantasy/horror e-zine Shadowed Realms has published issue #8, with Poppy Z Brite, Robert Hood, Lee Battersby, and others; also just released is the Shadow Box e-anthology, edited by Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Angela Challis, with work by more than 60 authors, available as a download or on CD

» Rick Kleffel reviews Jess Nevins' Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

» New York Times: Manohla Dargis reviews the new Harry Potter movie: The Young Wizard Puts Away Childish Things

» Next week's Time Magazine calls George R.R. Martin "The American Tolkien"

» Rick Kleffel reviews Joe Hill and reviews Jess Nevins' Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana

» David Schwartz has set up a Sci Fiction appreciation project, inviting readers to submit appreciations for stories published there

» The Carl Brandon Society has a blog

» Wrigley-Cross Books, which closed its brick and mortar store in September, is now open for online business

» Jeff VanderMeer has posted his World Fantasy Con report

» November Ultraverse has new fiction and poetry

» L.A. Times Magazine: The fabulist literature that's peculiar to Los Angeles is the only American fiction that's really worth reading, says Alan Rifkin

» SF Chronicle: Elizabeth Svoboda reviews Rudy Rucker

» NY Times: A.O. Scott on Medal Fatigue

» From last week's New York Times Magazine: D.T. Max on The Literary Darwinists

» Democracy Now!: Octavia Butler on Race, Global Warming and Religion, with links to audio files of the interview

» New magazine Robot has these writers guidelines

» SFFWorld's Rob H. Bedford reviews the next R. Scott Bakker

» The Author's Dilemma: To Blog or Not to Blog

» French website SF Mag has this English language interview with Richard Calder

» Bookslut: Adrienne Martini's Chicks with Guns reviews Elizabeths Bear and Moon

» November Internet Review of SF discusses military SF onscreen, editorial lessons, why wizards are boring, and more


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2005 Blinks Archive
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Monday 5 December 2005

•   Feature Review:

Myths and Misses — and One Hit
Claude Lalumière reviews three short books in a new series by contemporary writers on classics myths.

Karen Armstrong's essay A Short History of Myth is the series' de facto mission statement, contextualizing these new literary retellings within millennia of human history. ... Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad is great — easily one of the year's best books ...

Saturday 3 December 2005

•   Monitor: New Books

Late November books seen include Hal Duncan's Vellum and other UK novels by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, and Justina Robson; plus, new books by John Gregory Betancourt, Lance Bond, Cris DiMarco, Tamara Siler Jones, Paul Kearney, Dean Koontz, John Meaney, Tim Pratt, Laura Resnick, and Connie Willis

•   Monitor: New Books

George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows is released, as are nonfiction books by Samuel R. Delany and Fredric Jameson, an art book by Clive Barker, and other books by Terry Bisson, Del Howison & Jeff Gelb, Herve Jubert, Glenda Larke, Cherie Priest, Brian J. Showers, Mark Wakely, Stephen Woodworth, and John C. Wright.

Tuesday 29 November 2005

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

George R.R. Martin, Dean Koontz, J.K. Rowling

Sunday 27 November 2005

•   Monitor: Classic Reprints

Jack Williamson's autobiography Wonder's Child is updated with the past 20 years; Octavia E. Butler's Bloodchild and Other Stories is updated with two new stories; new editions are issued of George Alec Effinger's When Gravity Fails, M. John Harrison's Viriconium omnibus, and books by Richard Matheson, Joan D. Vinge, Colin Wilson, and Patricia C. Wrede; and a new collection is published of stories by William Hope Hodgson.

•   Monitor: New in Paperback

Notable books in new paperback editions this month are by Kage Baker, Stephen Baxter, James A. Hetley, Greg Keyes, Janet Marillier, Jack McDevitt, Frederik Pohl, and Martha Wells

Tuesday 22 November 2005

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

George R.R. Martin is #1 at New York Times, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly.

Monday 21 November 2005

»   Awards News

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Harlan Ellison will be named Grand Master, and William F. Nolan Author Emeritus, at next year's Nebula Awards Weekend in Tempe, Arizona, May 4-7, 2006

•   Feature Article:

Gary Westfahl on 2928 Ways to Define Science Fiction

How does someone define science fiction? Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits represents, I believe, the first example of a fourth method of defining science fiction — not with a representative collection of complete works of science fiction, but with a representative collection of brief excerpts from various texts.

Saturday 19 November 2005

»   Writers Workshop Announcements

• The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle is hosting an Online Writers Workshop in Science Fiction taught by James Gunn, to be held January 23 - March 19, 2006. (PDF registration form)

• The Odyssey Summer Writing Workshop's 2006 session will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, over 6 weeks, June 12 - July 21, 2006. This year's writer-in-residence is Robert J. Sawyer; guest lecturers are authors Melissa Scott, Jeff VanderMeer, Laurie J. Marks, and Christopher Golden, and editor and agent Shawna McCarthy. See the workshop's website for application details.

• The Clarion West Writers Workshop is now accepting applications for next year's session, to be held in Seattle over 6 weeks, June 18 - July 28, 2006. Instructors will be Paul Park, Maureen McHugh, Ian R. MacLeod, Nalo Hopkinson, Ellen Datlow, and Vernor Vinge. See the workshop's website for application details.

»   Magazine News

Update: Baen Books' new online magazine edited by Eric Flint will now be called "Jim Baen's UNIVERSE: A Three-Ring Circus of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Fact", and will be published bimonthly debuting in June 2006. A Submissions Guide has been posted.

Thursday 17 November 2005

•   Monitor: New Books

New small press books seen at this year's World Fantasy Convention include the first US editions of Christopher Priest's The Separation and of Gwyneth Jones' Bold as Love, plus books by Forrest Aguirre, Dozois, Martin, & Abraham, Joe Hill, Matthew Hughes, James Patrick Kelly, Michael Swanwick, Liz Williams, and Mary Frances Zambreno, and anthologies edited by Forrest Aguirre & Deborah Layne, Karen Joy Fowler, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin & Jeffrey D. Smith, Jay Lake, Deborah Layne & Jay Lake, Ernest Lilley, and Chris Roberson

Tuesday 15 November 2005

•   Monitor: What's In Other Magazines

Fantasy Magazine, a new quarterly edited by Sean Wallace, debuts at World Fantasy Con; also seen this month, new issues of Albedo One, Chronicle, Interzone, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Subterranean

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Stephen King, George R.R. Martin

Sunday 13 November 2005

»   Update

John Clute has published this Independent obituary of Michael Coney

Friday 11 November 2005

»   Publishing News has announced its intent to discontinue Sci Fiction, the Hugo Award winning fiction site edited by Ellen Datlow, at the end of 2005.
• Announcement at Sci Fiction, with Ellen Datlow's farewell message

»   Awards News

Winners of the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, announced today at the Utopiales Festival international de Science-Fiction in Nantes, France, include Christopher Priest's The Separation as best translated novel, Jeffrey Ford's "Exo-Skeleton Town" as best translated story, Cornelia Funke's Inkheart as YA novel, works by Alain Damasio and Claude Ecken in French fiction categories, and winners in several other categories...
• Complete list of winners and nominees at GPI : Nommés et lauréats 2005

•   Monitor: New Books

David Marusek's Counting Heads, "almost certainly the most impressive and significant first novel the SF field will see this year" [Gary K. Wolfe] is published, as are Jack McDevitt's Seeker, first US editions of Steven Erikson's Memories of Ice and of Justina Robson's Silver Screen, Patricia A. McKillip's collection Harrowing the Dragon, a collection of J.G. Ballard interviews, and other books by Kage Baker, T.A. Barron, Amber Benson & Christopher Golden, Rachel Caine, Peter Carver, Janine Cross, James A. Hetley, Mercedes Lackey (and Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy), Valerie Rolfe Lupini, Danita Maslan, Karl Schroeder, Linnea Sinclair, Karen Traviss, Harry Turtledove, and Martha Wells -- and a Stephen King calendar.

Tuesday 8 November 2005

»   Best of 2005

First out with lists of the best books of 2005 is, whose SF & Fantasy Editors' Picks are led by Iain M. Banks' The Algebraist and Charles Stross' Accelerando, followed by titles by China Miéville, Dan Simmons, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Alexander C. Irvine, and Richard K. Morgan

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

R.A. Salvatore, Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz

Sunday 6 November 2005

•   Awards News: World Fantasy Awards Winners


Winners of the World Fantasy Awards, announced this afternoon at the World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, include Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Margo Lanagan's "Singing My Sister Down" and Black Juice, artist John Picacio, Lifetime Achievement winners Tom Doherty and Carol Emshwiller, and winners in other categories.

• Winner of this year's Endeavour Award, for SF or fantasy book by a writer from the Pacific Northwest, is Louise Marley's The Child Goddess. The announcement was made at OryCon this weekend in Portland, Oregon.

Friday 4 November 2005

»   Awards News

Winners of the International Horror Guild Awards, announced last night at the World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, include Ramsey Campbell's The Overnight, John Harwood's The Ghost Writer, Lucius Shepard's Viator, Daniel Abraham's "Flat Diane", Don Tumasonis' "A Pace of Change", Shaun of the Dead, and TV series Lost, as well as winners in several other categories.
• Complete list of winners and nominees at :: ihg :: International Horror Guild

»   Death

SF author Michael Coney, born 1932, died today in Sydney, British Columbia, after battling asbestos-induced lung cancer for several months. He published over a dozen novels since the early 1970s, including Mirror Image (1972), The Hero of Downways (1973), and British SF Association award winner Brontomek! (1975), and in 1987 was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Aurora Award. Upon learning of his diagnosis earlier this year he released several unpublished novels and stories on his website as a gift to his readers.

•   Monitor: What's In Other Magazines

New issues of Book of Dark Wisdom, Crimewave, Full Unit Hookup, Realms of Fantasy, and Weird Tales

Tuesday 1 November 2005

•   Monitor: New Books

Alec Gillis' Worlds: A Mission of Discovery envisions the exploration of Proxima Centauri; Bruce Sterling's Shaping Things presents a manifesto for the future of design; plus, Kim Stanley Robinson's Fifty Degrees Below, David Weber's At All Costs, and other new books by John Birmingham, Robert Bly, Shanna Caughey, Steven Erikson, Alan Dean Foster, Martin H. Greenberg, J.V. Hart, Nancy Holder & Nancy Kilpatrick, Elaine Isaak, William Kotzwinkle, Katherine Kurtz & Robert Reginald, Mercedes Lackey, Fiona Patton, R.A. Salvatore, Lucius Shepard, Carrie Vaughn, and Zoran Zivkovic

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Robert Jordan's Knife of Dreams ranks #2...

Monday 31 October 2005

»   Death

Swedish author and fan Dénis Lindbohm, born 1927, died Monday, October 24th, after battling cancer for several years. He published short stories beginning in 1945, then was active in fandom in the '50s, establishing Club Meteor, one of the earliest SF clubs in Sweden. He published 25 SF novels beginning in 1973, and wrote dozens of other books, on occult topics including reincarnation, from the '80s until his death.
• Swedish Wikipedia entry

»   Magazine News

Sci Fi Wire reports that Baen Books will launch Baen's Astounding Stories, an online magazine edited by Eric Flint, in 2006. The magazine's orientation will be toward a popular audience, and its business model is intended to enable writers to make a living wage off of short fiction, the article says.

• Wildside Press will launch Fantasy Magazine, a quarterly print publication edited by Sean Wallace, next week at the World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin. The first issue has already been reviewed by Tangent Online, and will be reviewed in Locus Magazine's November issue.

Friday 28 October 2005

»   Death

Fantasy artist Keith Parkinson, born 1958, died October 26, 2005, after battling leukemia since last year. He won the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist in 1991, and two Chesley Awards for covers of books by C.J. Cherryh.
Dark Sword Miniatures obituary
• Examples of art at Fantasy Fine Art Gallery

»   Awards News

Winners of the 2005 Geffen Awards, presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy and announced at last week's ICon 2005, include translated books by Arthur C. Clarke and Carol Berg, and original Hebrew works by Guy Hasson and Ofir Touche Gafla
• Photo (click for larger image) shows Eli Hershtein and Alon Meron (for Yanshuf Press), David Hanoch (the translator of Childhood's End and Transformation), Rani Graf (for Graf Press), Guy Hasson, and Shimon Edef (for Keter Press).

»   Awards News

Winners of the 2005 Deutscher Phantastik Preis, determined by an open vote of readers of Phantastik-News, include Stephen King's The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower for International Novel and works by Markus Heitz, Christoph Marzi, and Andreas Eschbach in fiction categories.

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Tue 29 Nov 05 —
The December issue, mailed today to subscribers, has interviews with Robin Hobb and Paul McAuley, lists of forthcoming books through September '06, reviews of 30 books and of short fiction, and more • Table of Contents
December cover
Locus Bestsellers -- compiled from specialty stores -- are by Neil Gaiman, S.M. Stirling, Neal Stephenson, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and R.A. Salvatore

New & Notable Books are by Terry Bisson, Steven Erikson, Matthew Hughes, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, David Marusek, Kim Stanley Robinson, Gary Westfahl, and others
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Sun 27 Nov 05 —
November issue's interviews with George R.R. Martin and Tim Pratt are excerpted...
November cover
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