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» Scott Edelman, on his way to Worldcon in Yokohama, has posted pix from Tokyo and Kyoto

» Village Voice: Elizabeth Hand reviews Christopher Barzak's first novel One for Sorrow

» Publishers Weekly: Locus publisher Charles N. Brown has won a Lifetime Achievement Award at last weekend's Writers of the Future Awards ceremony in Pasadena

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» Conestoga 11 has posted this podcast interview with John Picacio

» News & Observer: Eyes wide open -- "Be flexible and patient, and you'll be rewarded by the breadth of speculative fiction" -- first column by Gabriel Morgan, T.A. to John Kessel

» Thomas M. Wagner reviews Terry Pratchett's Making Money

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» Boston Globe: Peter Bebergal on steampunk

» Robert J. Sawyer has won China's Galaxy Award for most popular foreign author of the year

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Ward reviews Lian Hearn

» NY Times Book Review: Jonathan Ames reviews Matt Ruff; noted earlier, Dave Itzkoff reviews William Gibson

» Infinity Plus celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new interview with Paul McAuley, a bunch of new reviews, and reprinted fiction by McAuley and others, as editor Keith Brooke calls it a day

» The Bat Segundo Show podcasts William Gibson

» Shaun Farrell's blog Decoding the Future reports from this weekend's Writers of the Future ceremonies in Pasadena, CA

» Sunday NY Times Book Review: Dave Itzkoff reviews William Gibson

»'s Best Books of the Year So Far includes Michael Chabon on its fiction list, Ian McDonald and Patrick Rothfuss on its hidden gems list

» Tor Books will be pocasting from WorldCon in Yokohama, Japan, beginning next week, August 30th

» Village Voice: Elizabeth Hand reviews Brock Clarke

» Cheryl Morgan and Kevin Standlee have launched website Science Fiction Awards Watch

» The Agony Column podcasts Peter F. Hamilton, and others

» Neth Space interviews Chris Roberson

» New York Times profiles Ray Bradbury on his 87th birthday

» There's now an official Hugo Awards website [though it's not indexed]

» The Agony Column podcasts Gavin Grant, Karen Joy Fowler, and Kelly Link

» John Joseph Adams is looking for zombie stories

» SF reviews the next Naomi Novik, Empire of Ivory

» Fantastic Literature's September list is online

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Bear reviews Doris Lessing's The Cleft

» San Francisco Chronicle's Michael Berry reviews Justin Evans, Matt Ruff, Warren Ellis

» Tangent Online has reviews of new issues of Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Baen's Universe, Lone Star Stories, and books from Mike Resnick and Michael Swanwick, among many others

» Dark Forces Book Group is a new group blog by Rick Klaw, Paul Miles, Derek Johnson, and others

» Adventures in SciFi Publishing features Jacqueline Carey

» NY Times Magazine's Q&A with William Gibson

» Alan DeNiro's The Stations is a book-length speculative poem, in free PDF format

» Salon: Elizabeth Hand reviews two books on meth

» SF Site for mid-August has Jeff VanderMeer's interview with David Anthony Durham, Neil Walsh's Overlooked or Over-hyped? column on Heinlein and Lethem, and reviews of Bujold, Chiang, Wright, Haldeman, and others

» F&SF Online: Dave Truesdale on 2007 Campbell/Sturgeon Award Winners: Presentations and Speeches, with a mini-interview with Robert Charles Wilson

» Sean Williams on Mundane SF

» Matthew Hughes does Q&A at Alternate Reality Web Zine

» Concatenation SF has a David Brin story from the Nature Futures series

» Shriek: The Movie is released on the internet

» The New Yorker: Adam Gopnik's Blows Against the Empire: The return of Philip K. Dick

» Rick Kleffel interviews William Gibson for NPR (scroll down)

» Michael Swanwick has a blog

» Salon checks in with William Gibson: Now romancer

» Roger Ebert is alive and, well, reviewing Stardust

» Green Man Reviews' Cat Eldridge reviews Gary Westfahl's Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy

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» Tangent Online: long essay by Nader Elhefnawy on cyberpunk and Gibson's Burning Chrome

» Quarterly lit journal Paradigm interviews Graham Joyce and reprints story Under the Pylon

» Black Gate has new short fiction reviews by David Soyka

» DailyLit offers classics by email or RSS

» David Langford's Ansible 241


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2007 Blinks Archive

Locus Magazine Celebrates the Heinlein Centennial
robert a. heinlein roundtable
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Graham Sleight on
Robert A. Heinlein
Heinlein at 100: roundtable discussion with John Clute, Gary K. Wolfe, Graham Sleight, Charles N. Brown, Amelia Beamer
Locus' August issue has Heinlein tributes by Willis, Haldeman, Niven, Varley, Pohl, Bear, Kondo, Brown, Bova, Silverberg, Robinson (Spider), Robinson (Frank M.), Letson, and Wolfe
Special to Locus Online Movie Reviews: Gary Westfahl on The Invasion; Howard Waldrop & Lawrence Person on Stardust and The Simpsons

Thursday 30 August 2007

»   Death: Joe L. Hensley

SF and mystery writer Joe L. Hensley, born 1926, died August 27, 2007, at the age of 81. He began publishing SF in 1953 with stories in Planet Stories and Beyond Fantasy Fiction, and later wrote suspense novels and occasional SF, collaborating with Harlan Ellison and Alexei Panshin. His last novel, Snowbird's Blood, is due for release in 2008.
» SFWA obituary has details of funeral services on Friday, August 31st.
» Private Eye Writers of America post.

•   Locus Magazine: Sample Reviews

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Connie Willis

Locus Magazine features over two dozen reviews in its August 2007 issue. Here's Gary K. Wolfe on Connie Willis' retrospective collection The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories.


Connie Willis is, of course, the premier humorist working in SF today, possibly the premier humorist the field has ever produced. And her favorite subject is death.

Faren Miller reviews Brandon Sanderson

And here's Faren Miller on Brandon Sanderson's novel The Well of Ascension.


What happens after you bring down the Dark Lord of the Evil Empire? That's the question Brandon Sanderson tackles in The Well of Ascension, middle book in what will be the Mistborn trilogy.

Tuesday 28 August 2007

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Terry Brooks, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling

Friday 24 August 2007

•   Locus Magazine: Heinlein at 100: A Roundtable Discussion

Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue Heinlein Centennial Celebration, with John Clute, Gary K. Wolfe, Graham Sleight, Charles N. Brown, and Amelia Beamer.


I want to open with a conclusion we all seem to share: all modern science fiction is based on Heinlein. He's the elephant in the room. It doesn't matter if anyone's reading him now; he set the course of modern science fiction.

•   Locus Magazine: John Scalzi: Color in the World

Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview.

john scalzi

A book is an operating system. You set up a stage and give the reader some particular details and instructions in the world; how they use that operating system about the world is pretty much up to them. I don't write a lot of description because I find it boring, and also because I don't think it's necessary.

Thursday 23 August 2007

•   Monitor: New Books, mid-August

New SF/F/H books seen in mid-August include Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling's anthology The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Ted Chiang's The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, Karl Schroeder's Queen of Candesce, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer's anthology Best American Fantasy, and other titles from Justin Allen, Keri Arthur, Rachel Caine, Jeff Carlson, Jennifer Fallon, Mark J. Ferrari, Steven Gould, Paula Guran, Lilith Saintcrow, and Brandon Sanderson.

Tuesday 21 August 2007

•   Feature:

Yesterday's Tomorrows: Robert A. Heinlein

Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column from Locus Magazine looks at classic works by Robert A. Heinlein.

robert a. heinlein

Rereading Heinlein's stories now in conjunction with those of his contemporaries is to be struck by how much he was in command, right from the start. He somehow found, or brought into being, a language for describing the future so much more sophisticated than anything else that had been seen. How could you not pledge allegiance to it? Watching his emergence in those first few stories must have been like seeing an adult walking into a room full of children.

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Sherrilyn Kenyon, William Gibson, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, J.K. Rowling

Sunday 19 August 2007

•   Awards News Update: World Fantasy Awards

In a one-time change of procedure, this year's World Fantasy Convention has officially announced the winners of the Life Achievement Awards, to be presented at this year's convention in Saratoga Springs, New York — the winners are Diana Wynne Jones, who will be unable to attend for health reasons, and Betty Ballantine, who will attend.

•   Feature:

Gary Westfahl reviews The Invasion


One could reasonably expect that this latest version of the story will have something new to say about what contemporary people see as the greatest threat to their personal liberty. Clearly, that question was very much on the minds of screenwriter David Kajganish and director Oliver Hirschbiegel, and their consistently interesting film provides at least three answers for the attentive viewer.

Tuesday 14 August 2007

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Harry Turtledove, J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer

Monday 13 August 2007

•   Feature:

Howard Waldrop & Lawrence Person review Stardust


This is a nice, light romantic fantasy that's reasonably faithful to Neil Gaiman's original novel. You'll laugh in the right places, you'll tear up in the right places, and it's a good date movie. At this point in the dog days of summer, that's more than enough.

Sunday 12 August 2007

•   Awards News: World Fantasy Awards Nominations

wolfe, soldier of sidon

Finalists for this year's World Fantasy Awards include Stephen King, Ellen Kushner, Scott Lynch, Catherynne M. Valente, and Gene Wolfe for best novel, plus Jeffrey Ford, M. Rickert, Joe R. Lansdale, Ellen Asher, Gary K. Wolfe, and others in categories for novella, short fiction, anthology, collection, artist, and special awards professional and non-professional.

Saturday 11 August 2007

•   Monitor: What's In Other Magazines, July

Fiction by Ted Chiang, Daniel Hatch, Cherie Priest, Robert Reed, Nancy Kress, Bruce McAllister, Alexander Jablokov, Alan Smale, Tim Pratt, and nonfiction and interviews by Michael Swanwick, William F. Nolan, Robert Silverberg, Lisa Snellings-Clark, Lucius Shepard, and Terri Windling, are featured in new issues of Analog, Andromeda Spaceways, Apex, Asimov's, Fantasy Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, and Yog's Notebook.

Friday 10 August 2007

•   Monitor: New Books, first week August

New SF/F/H books from the first week of August include William Gibson's Spook Country, Joe Haldeman's The Accidental Time Machine, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson's Sandworms of Dune, and other titles by Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Ben Bova, Patricia Bray, Mark Budz, Eric Flint & Dave Freer, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Scott Lynch, Diana L. Paxson, Kat Richardson, and Brian Francis Slattery.

Tuesday 7 August 2007

»   Awards News

Finalists for the year's British Fantasy Awards include Best Novel nominees Chaz Brenchley, Mike Carey, Mark Chadbourn, M. John Harrison, Tim Lebbon, Scott Lynch, Sarah Pinborough, Mark Samuels, and Conrad Williams... plus Ian McDonald, Neil Gaiman, Ellen Datlow, John Picacio, Julie Phillips, and others in categories for novella, short fiction, anthology, collection, artist, small press, and non-fiction. • Winners will be announced at Fantasycon, 21-23 September 2007 in Nottingham, UK.

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

J.K. Rowling, Jasper Fforde

Monday 6 August 2007

»   Awards News: Mythopoeic Awards Winners

Mythopoeic Awards winners, announced last weekend at Mythcon in Berkeley, California, are Patricia A. McKillip's Solstice Wood, Catherine Fisher's Corbenic, Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond's The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, and G. Roland Murphy's Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram’s Parzival.

»   Awards News: Sidewise Awards Winners

Winners of this year's Sidewise Awards for works of alternate history, presented last weekend at TuckerCon/NASFiC in Collinsville, Illinois, are Charles Stross' The Family Trade, The Hidden Family, and The Clan Corporate in the long form category, and Gardner Dozois' "Counterfactual" in the short form. (SFWA News)

•   Monitor: New Books, end of July

New SF/F/H books seen the end of July include Will Shetterly's The Gospel of the Knife, Sheila Finch's The Guild of Xenolinguists, Steph Swainston's Dangerous Offspring, and other titles by Catherine Asaro, Jasper Fforde, Eric Flint, Violette Malan, Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Anne Scarborough, Sarah Monette, Jean Rabe & Martin H. Greenberg, Sherwood Smith, and Michael A. Stackpole.

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Next Issue: September 2007
September cover

The September issue of Locus has interviews with Guy Gavriel Kay and Kathleen Ann Goonan, plus forthcoming books listings through March 2008, and results of this year's Locus Survey
Current Issue: August 2007
august cover

The August issue of Locus celebrates the centennial of Robert A. Heinlein, with appreciations by Ben Bova, Frederik Pohl, Spider Robinson, Robert Silverberg, John Varley, Connie Willis, and many others; plus, an interview with John Scalzi
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