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» Mediabistro has news of Jonathan Lethem's involvement with a Library of America edition of four Philip K. Dick novels

» Michael Crichton's Next is reviewed by NY Times' Janet Maslin and LA Times' Michael Harris

» Sci Fi Weekly's John Clute reviews Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day -- "a pure science fiction novel"

» Philadelphia Inquirer: Gregory Feeley reviews Gene Wolfe's Soldier of Sidon

» LA Times: National Book Award judge Marianne Wiggins on Picking a winner, with comments on Pynchon and Danielewski

» Strange Horizons: Paul Kincaid reviews The Prestige: the film and the screenplay; Matthew Cheney interviews Julie Phillips

» Green Man Review reviews a live reading/musical performance of Ellen Kushner's Thomas the Rhymer

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» Nerve's special Future Issue features Will Self, Rick Moody, Joel Stein, Douglas Rushkoff, Jay McInerney, and others

» Photos from Monday's SFWA Reception by Ellen Datlow and by David G. Hartwell; Kathryn Cramer also has pix from Philcon 2006 and from the Orbit Launch; Ellen also has pix from the 15 November KGB reading with Lucius Shepard and Catherynne M. Valente

» Slates's Emily Bazelon hates M.T. Anderson's National Book Award winning YA novel, and tries to explain why, responding to reviews by Matthew Cheney and others

» Socialist Review: China Miéville's The Lies that aren't Meant to Deceive Us

» PW Blog: Peter Jackson not to make The Hobbit... or the "second prequel"

» Children of Men website is now live

» SFBC Blog compiles recent reviews

» SF Chronicle's Michael Berry picks Best SF & F of the year, by Baker, Gaiman, King, McDonald, Newman, Powers, Reed, Scalzi, VanderMeer, and Vaughn

» LA Times reviews Avram Davidson's Adventures in Unhistory

» Philadelphia Inquirer reviews SF poetry by Mike Allen

» The last issue of Cheryl Morgan's Emerald City reviews Wolfe, Lake, Clarke, Zivkovic, Danielewski, and others

» Entertainment Weekly's 24 Nov issue gives Thomas Pynchon's latest an A, and grades F/SF books by Scalzi (A-), Stirling (B), Day (A), and Valente (B); on its website: Stephen King on his favorite audiobooks

» Paul Levinson's latest podcast is Time Travel in Fiction and Fact

» World Fantasy Con anthology Cross Plains Universe is now available for order at FACT-Sales

» The Thomas Harris Official Website has a sneak preview chapter of new novel Hannibal Rising, on sale December 5th

» UK bookseller Waterstone's has posted its Top ten SF titles of 2006, by Asher, Moon, Reynolds, Ryman, Powers, and others.

» Report and photos from the American launch of Orbit; Kathryn Cramer has more photos

» NY Times published this obituary of Stanley Meltzoff (which doesn't mention his SF contributions at all)

» Adventures in Scifi Publishing has this podcast honoring Jack Williamson and interviewing L.E. Modesitt Jr.

» Prometheus Books and Pyr have this special offer

» Bookslut for November reviews John Scalzi, Tom De Haven, and Jo Walton

» SFBC blog links lots of recent reviews and interviews

» NPR: Julie Phillips talks about James Tiptree, Jr.; Nancy Pearl recommends books about dogs, including Simak's City

» BBC Four's Science Fiction Britannia has begun, with My Science Fiction Life and The Martians and Us

» Subterranean Press has made Issue #4 of Subterranean Magazine -- the John Scalzi-edited SF cliche issue -- available free as a PDF download

» New literary webzine Trabuco Road debuts with fiction by Nir Yaniv, William Bolen, and Edward Morris

» Helix #2 is online, with stories by Terry Bisson, Jay Lake, Vera Nazarian; poetry by Mike Allen and Greg Beatty; features by Bud Webster and Steven H Silver

» NZBC: Five Minutes with Paul Di Filippo

» FantasyBookSpot interviews E.E. Knight

» Some Fantastic Issue #10 is available as a PDF download

» The Bat Segundo Show has recent podcasts with Mark Z. Danielewski, Richard Dawkins, Scott Smith, Matt Cheney, and others

» The Amazing Adventures of the Crawling Abattoir releases episode four

» Daily Mail: Former UK Ministry of Defence official warns Aliens could attack at any time

» FPS Magazine has Cynthia Ward on Yaoi/Shonen Ai anime/manga

» Denver Post: Dorman T. Shindler reviews Stephen King


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2006 Blinks Archive

Locus Magazine interviews China Miéville
Gary Westfahl reviews
Stranger Than Fiction
Cory Doctorow on How High-Definition
Is Bad News for SF Flicks
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Wednesday 29 November 2006

»   Publishing News: Library of America to Publish Philip K. Dick

The Library of America, publisher of canonical editions of works by Twain, Hawthorne, Melville, and other American literary masters, including recently H.P. Lovecraft, will issue a volume of four novels by Philip K. Dick, selected by Jonathan Lethem.
» USA Today (AP) indicates one of the novels will be Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and that the project was instigated in part to coincide with the 25th-annivesary re-release next year of Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's film based on that novel. Also, LoA publisher Max Rudin indicates that other SF/fantasy projects might include Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin.
» Jonathan Lethem interview at The Elegant Variation
» Library of America's page for Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s lists the contents as The Man in the High Castle, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and Ubik, to be published June 2007.

Tuesday 28 November 2006

•   Locus Magazine: December Issue

december issue

The December issue, mailing Thursday to subscribers, has an interview with James Morrow, obituaries and appreciations of Jack Williamson, Nelson Bond, and Stanley Meltzoff, and forthcoming books listings through September 2007.
• Reviews cover new books by Cormac McCarthy, Paul Park, Robert Holdstock, Stephen Baxter, and many others.
Table of Contents
Locus Bestsellers
New & Notable Books

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, Thomas Pynchon

Monday 27 November 2006

»   Death: Leon E. Stover, 1929 - 2006

Academic writer and editor Leon E. Stover, born 1929, died at his home in Chicago on Saturday, 25 November 2006, at the age of 77. Stover, a professor emeritus of anthropology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, collaborated with Harry Harrison on anthology Apeman, Spaceman (1968) and novel Stonehenge: Where Atlantis Died (1983), co-edited with Willis E. McNelly Above the Human Landscape: An Anthology of Social Science Fiction (1972), and wrote nonfiction works on Harry Harrison, Robert A. Heinlein, and H.G. Wells.
» Chicago Tribune obituary

•   Future History: Forthcoming Books

Selected US and UK titles scheduled for December 2006 through September 2007, from Locus Magazine's December issue, are listed here by month.

Sunday 24 November 2006

•   Monitor: New in Paperback

Notable books in new paperback editions this month include Patricia A. McKillip's collection Harrowing the Dragon, plus titles by Ben Bova, Sara Douglass, David Gemmell, James Herbert, James A. Hetley, Ed McBain, Jack McDevitt, John Ringo, and John C. Wright.

Friday 24 November 2006

»   Awards News: SFWA's Next Grand Master

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that James Gunn will be named the next Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master. Presentation of the award will be made during the Nebula Awards Weekend in New York, NY on May 11-13, 2007.

•   Locus Magazine: China Miéville Interview

Locus Online excerpts Locus Magazine's November Issue interview with China Miéville.


SF and fantasy are inheritors of visionary literature, and science fiction is simply one fuzzy set of that modern pulp wing of visionary literature which describes its vision through a sometimes spurious, sometimes accurate vocabulary of scientific rationality. But SF is about is that kind of ecstatic vision.

Wednesday 22 November 2006

»   News: New York Times' Best of 2006

The New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year includes fiction by Thomas Pynchon, David Mitchell, Richard Powers, Jennifer Egan, Stephen King, Mark Z. Danielewski, Michel Houellebecq, and Cormac McCarthy, and Nonfiction by Julie Phillips. (There does not seem to be a separate SF/Fantasy list, as there has been for many years previously.)

•   Monitor: What's In Other Magazines

Fiction by Bruce Sterling, Nancy Kress, Charles Stross, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert J. Sawyer, Hal Duncan, Lavie Tidhar, Carol Emshwiller, David Gerrold, Robert Reed, Orson Scott Card, John Shirley; poetry by Tom Disch, Greg Beatty, Bruce Boston, Robert Frazier, Jon Hansen, David C. Kopaska-Merkel; interviews with Hal Duncan, Alan Moore, and John Shirley; articles, essays, and reviews by Richard A. Lovett, Elizabeth Bear, Nick Mamatas, Gwenda Bond, John Kessel, Lucius Shepard; and others, are in new issues of Analog, Andromeda Spaceways, Asimov's, Dreams and Nightmares, Fantasy, Flytrap, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, F&SF, Star*Line, Subterranean, and Weird Tales.

•   Features: More Letters

More readers respond to Cory Doctorow's How High-Definition Is Bad News for SF Flicks


Tuesday 21 November 2006

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Michael Crichton

Monday 20 November 2006

»   Awards News: Endeavour Award

Jerry Oltion has won this year's Endeavour Award for his novel Anywhere But Here (Tor). The award is presented annually to a distinguished SF or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors. The award was presented last weekend at Orycon in Portland, Oregon.

»   Awards News: Ignotus Awards

Winners of this year's Ignotus Awards, presented by members of the Spanish society of science fiction and fantasy, include George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords and Mike Resnick's "Down Memory Lane" in foreign categories, plus works by Eduardo Vaquerizo, Joaquín Revuelta, Santiago Eximeno, Pablo Capanna (a book about Philip K. Dick), the Spanish edition of Asimov's SF, and an anthology of Fredric Brown short stories in other categories

Sunday 19 November 2006

•   Features: Letters

Responses to Cory Doctorow's How High-Definition Is Bad News for SF Flicks from Jeremy Lassen, Kim Owen Smith, and Cliff Adams

Saturday 18 November 2006

»   Jack Williamson Updates

» Patricia Rogers has posted photos from Thursday's memorial service for Jack Williamson.
» The Portales News-Tribune has this article about Williamson's influence and works, with comments from Rick Hauptmann and Connie Willis, and this article about Thursday's memorial service.

»   Publishing News: Baen Books Free to Disabled Readers

Baen Books has made its books free of charge in electronic form to fans who are blind, paralysed, or dyslexic, or who are amputees. These readers must apply via ReadAssist Home. Further details in this press release.

•   Monitor: New Books

New books seen in early November include Gene Wolfe's Soldier of Sidon, Edward Gorey's Amphigorey Again, and other novels by Piers Anthony, C.J. Cherryh, Elaine Isaak, Tamara Siler Jones, Ellen Klages, Graham Masterton, Jack McDevitt, Andre Norton & Jean Rabe, John Scalzi, Delia Sherman, Alexandra Sokoloff, Catherynne M. Valente, and David Weber & Linda Evans.

Wednesday 15 November 2006

»   Awards News: National Book Awards

National Book Award winners include two of associational interest: Richard Powers' The Echo Maker in the Fiction category, and M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party in the Young People's Literature category.
» 2006 winners and finalists

»   Jack Williamson Update

NPR broadcast this brief remembrance of Jack Williamson, with comments from Ray Bradbury, Jim Frenkel, and Dr. Patrice Caldwell from Eastern New Mexico University.

Tuesday 14 November 2006

•   Locus Magazine: Cory Doctorow Commentary

The March of the Polygons:
How High-Definition Is Bad News for SF Flicks

cory doctorow

HD is poison for special-effects movies. Whatever sins are hidden in a standard-definition 12-inch TV set are thrown into stark relief by big, crisp displays. Whatever longevity can be wrung from a movie by releasing it to smaller, more forgiving screens is cut short by the living-room behemoths that are being pushed on us today.

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Stephen King, Eric S. Nylund

»   Jack Williamson Update

Obituaries have been published in the New York Times and in the Los Angeles Times.

Monday 13 November 2006

»   News: Best of 2006's Best of 2006: Books has SF & Fantasy selections by Charles de Lint, Chris Adrian, Terry Brooks, Jeff VanderMeer, Martin Millar, Avram Davidson, Charles Stross, Tim Powers, Bill Willingham, and Neil Gaiman, while the Editors' Top 50 list includes Cormac McCarthy, Max Brooks, Stephen King (twice), Chris Adrian, Kevin Brockmeier, and Maurice Sendak.

»   Jack Williamson Update

The Independent has posted John Clute's obituary of Jack Williamson.

•   Feature Review: Gary Westfahl on Stranger Than Fiction

stranger than fiction

In all respects, it is a superbly well-made piece of entertainment, that may succeed both in making you laugh and moving you to tears... On the other hand, it is a film designed to make you feel good (the usual goal of popular fiction), not to make you think (the usual goal of great works of literature, and of science fiction).

Friday 10 November 2006

»   Death: Jack Williamson, 1908 - 2006

SF Grand Master Jack Williamson, born 1908, died this afternoon at his home in Portales, New Mexico, at the age of 98. His first published story was "The Metal Man" in Amazing Stories in 1928, the beginning of a writing career that spanned nine decades. His work ranged from early space opera series The Legion of Space (beginning 1934), werewolf SF/fantasy Darker Than You Think (1940), thoughtful SF classic The Humanoids (1948), Golden Age antimatter tale Seetee Ship (1951 as by Will Stewart), and time travel series Legion of Time (1952). Later works included Hugo and Nebula Award winning novella "The Ultimate Earth" (2000) and its novel expansion Terraforming Earth (2001), winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He won a Hugo Award in 1985 for autobiography Wonder's Child, and his career honors include a Pilgrim Award for his nonfiction work including H.G. Wells: Critic of Progress (1973), SFWA's 2nd Grand Master Award in 1976, Life Achievement World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards, induction in the SF Hall of Fame in 1996, and Grandmaster of the World Horror Convention in 2004. The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library was established in 1982 at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), which for 30 years has hosted an annual Lectureship in honor of the writer. Williamson's last novel was The Stonehenge Gate (2005).
» Wikipedia
Updates 11 Nov:
» ENMU News Release
» Portales News-Tribune
» Albuquerque Tribune
• Memorial services will be 16 Nov at 2 p.m. in the Campus Union Building ballroom of ENMU in Portales; in lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the The Jack and Blanche Williamson Scholarship Fund, ENMU Foundation, Eastern New Mexico University, Station #8, Portales NM 88130

Thursday 9 November 2006

»   Death

Artist Stanley Meltzoff, born 1917, died this morning at the age of 89. Meltzoff was known as an illustrator specializing in scientific and historical subjects for magazines such as National Geographic and Scientific American, and he did numerous cover paintings for 1950s Signet editions of books by Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, A.E. van Vogt, and others.
» The artist's website includes galleries of SF illustration and Fantasies
» Google Image Search: Stanley Meltzoff Signet
» Tomorrow, the Stars

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Next issue -- December 2006
December cover
The December issue, mailing 30 November to subscribers, has
• an interview with James Morrow;
• obituaries and appreciations of Jack Williamson, Nelson S. Bond, and Stanley Meltzoff
• listings of forthcoming books through September 2007
Current issue -- November 2006
November cover
Fri 24 Nov 06 —
Excerpts are posted from the interview with China Miéville.

Tue 31 Oct 06 —
The November issue, mailing today to subscribers, has
• interview with China Miéville;
• essays by Cory Doctorow and Alastair Reynolds
• obituaries and appreciations of John M. Ford and Wilson Tucker
• coverage of L.A. Con IV and many reviews
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