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Forthcoming Books
» Dave Langford's Ansible 251

» The Agony Column interviews Cory Doctorow

» Dog Versus Sandwich for May has stories by Peter Parrish, Matt Shaner, Katy Wimhurst and Leah O'Hearn

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Daniel Marcus, Alex Bell, Zoran Zivkovic, Greg Egan

» Serialized novel Shadow Unit, by Emma Bull, Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, and others, ends its first season today

» May Steam Engine Time [large PDF file] includes George Zebrowksi's 2006 Campbell Conference speech, reviews, many letters of comment

» June Lone Star Stories has Vylar Kaftan, Erin Hoffman, Josh Rountree, Sonya Taaffe, J.C. Runolfson, and Jo Walton

» Zoran Zivkovic has a newly redesigned website/blog

» Guardian's Books blog suggests literary fantasy getaways

» Baltimore City Paper: Adrienne Martini reviews Karen Joy Fowler's Wit's End

» Fantastic Literature's June list is now online

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» Ellen Datlow's photos from Wiscon

» Studio 360 interviews Harlan Ellison

» Pravda: "Harry Harrison praises Russia and calls USA fascist state"

» Weird Tales launches 365 Days of Blasphemous Horrors by mixed-media artist Steven Archer

» Fantasybookspot interviews Ian Cameron Esslemont and David J. Williams

» LASFS has a new website

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence

» San Francisco Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews YA novels by Cory Doctorow and Christina Meldrum

» Photos from last week's Eaton Conference on Mars, with Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Kim Stanley Robinson

» Photos from the KGB reading with Ekaterina Sedia and Jack O'Connell

» The Times of Johannesburg recommends Iain M. Banks Matter: "brings together the hard science fiction, the speculative politics and the imaginative writing that Banks is justly famous for"

» Rick Klaw reviews Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

» Mike Allen: In memory of Nelson Bond

» Newsweek: article on booming sales of books for teens

» LA Times blog Jacket Copy interviews Jeff VanderMeer

» Fantasybookspot interviews Charlie Huston

» SF Canada for Spring has interviews by Celu Amberstone and fiction by Steve Stanton

» Norilana Books announces TaLeKa Imprint, devoted solely to the works of Tanith Lee

» Ask Neal Stephenson about his forthcoming novel Anathem, due in September -- answers will be posted in an online video -- submit questions by May 26th!

» New York Magazine: Philip K. Dick's Early Novels: The Sixties, Before They Happened

» BBC Radio talks with Terry Pratchett

» LA Times: Ed Park reviews The Great Romance, a utopian novel first published in New Zealand in 1881

» Sci Fi Weekly: John Clute reviews the new Salman Rushdie

» Cosmos Magazine has new fiction Not Enough Stars in the Night by Brendan DuBois

» Fantasybookspot has posted Nancy Kress' Nano Comes to Clifford Falls

» NPR: Rick Kleffel interviews Isamu Fukui, author of dystopian novel Truancy, written when he was 15

» Green Man Review features All Things Froud and Wonderful, about Brian, Wendy (and Toby!) Froud

» CNN interviews Iain M. Banks

» io9 profiles artist Ian Millar

» Critical Mass: Publishers Weekly cutting costs, reviewers pay

» Riverside CA Press-Enterprise on this weekend's Eaton Conference

» SciFiDimensions podcasts Scott Sigler


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2008 Blinks Archive

indiana jones cory doctorow sf novel finalists
Howard & Lawrence review Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cory Doctorow: Think Like a Dandelion Locus Awards Finalists — Winners announced June 21st — Be there!

Sunday 1 June 2008

•   Monitor: New Books: last week May

New SF/F/H books seen this past week include Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence, Laurell K. Hamilton's Blood Noir, the first US edition of Alastair Reynolds' The Prefect, and other novels by Taylor Anderson, Sara Douglass, Sam Enthoven, Simon R. Green, Tanya Huff, Mercedes Lackey, Kelly McCullough, Fiona McIntosh, William Nicholson, Jenna Rhodes, and Judith Tarr.

Saturday 31 May 2008

»   Awards News: Lambda Literary Awards Winners

Winners of this year's Lambda Literary Awards, for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender literature, include Lee Thomas' The Dust of Wonderland (Alyson Books) in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category, plus Richard Labonte & Lawrence Schimel's First Person Queer (Arsenal Pulp Press) in the Anthology category, and Nicola Griffith's And Now We Are Going to Have a Party (Payseur & Schmidt) in the Women's Memoir/Biography category.

»   Awards News: Sunburst Award Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2008 Sunburst Awards, for Canadian writers of novels or short fiction collections in adult and young adult categories, include adult books by Michelle Butler Hallett, Amber Hayward, Nalo Hopkinson, William Neil Scott, and Robert Charles Wilson, and young adult titles by Deborah Lynn Jacobs, Carrie Mac, Kenneth oppel, Joanne Proulx, and Drew Hayden Taylor. Winners will be announced this Fall.

•   Locus Magazine: June Issue

june issue

The June issue of Locus has interviews with Jeffrey Ford and Daniel Abraham, listings of forthcoming books through March 2009, a report on Nebula Awards Weekend 2008 and reviews of new books by Greg Bear, Marie Brennan, Daniel Abraham, Damien Broderick, Steven Brust, and others, plus Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column about Algis Budrys.

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    Interviews, Data File, Forthcoming Books, Reviews...
Locus Bestsellers
    Banks, Butcher, Erikson, Traviss, Staten
New & Notable Books
    Card, Clare, Doctorow, Dozois, Steele, Strahan, Williamson...

Friday 30 May 2008

•   Locus Magazine: Sample Reviews

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Walter Jon Williams

Locus Magazine features over two dozen reviews in its May 2008 issue. Here's Gary K. Wolfe on Walter Jon Williams' novel Implied Spaces.


Williams is asking what good the singularity is purely as a literary device — what possibilities does it open up for the SF novelist, and how do these possibilities relate to earlier traditions? Williams's answer is interesting and often delightful, if not always fully worked out, and his angle of approach harks back to classic ludenic SF writers like Zelazny and Farmer...

Russell Letson reviews Elizabeth Bear

And here's Russell Letson on Elizabeth Bear's novel Dust.


Dust is the opening volume of a new three-book sequence by Elizabeth Bear, a genre- and gender-bending mixture of fantasy motifs overlaid on a very-high-tech lost-starship scenario that had me thinking of Karl Schroeder and Roger Zelazny right away.

»   Death: Joseph Pevney

TV and film director Joseph Pevney, born 1911, died May 18, 2008, in Palm Desert, California. He frequently worked on the original Star Trek series, directing 14 episodes including Harlan Ellison's "The City on the Edge of Forever" and David Gerrold's "The Trouble with Tribbles".
» New York Times obituary
» Los Angeles Times obituary

Wednesday 28 May 2008

»   Death: Alexander Courage

TV and film composer Alexander Courage, born 1919, died May 15, 2008, in Pacific Palisades, California. He was best known as the composer of the original Star Trek theme music, including the eight-note brass signature for the starship Enterprise, which the Film Music Society obituary says "may be the single best-known fanfare in the world".
» Wikipedia entry
» Los Angeles Times obituary

•   Locus Magazine: Theodora Goss: Shifting Ground

Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview.

theodora goss

As a fantasy writer, I see literature as a line between the two poles of realism and fantasy -- not as literary genres but as ways of perceiving the world. Since I was a child, I've always felt the fantastic impulse more strongly, but I think realistic representation is important, because that's how you make fantasy convincing.

•   Locus Magazine: Catherynne M. Valente: Playing in the Garden

Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview.

catherynne m valente

Fantasy is my heart and my love. It's a huge playground, the biggest genre there is, and it contains possibly all of the genres. And I just want to play in that garden for the rest of my life.

•   Monitor: New in Paperback: May

Notable books in new paperback editions seen in May include Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Jim Crace's The Pesthouse, Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife: Legacy, Tad Williams' Rite: Short Work, and other titles by David Bilsborough, Jacqueline Carey, Jennifer Fallon, Alan Dean Foster, Warren Hammond, Jay Lake, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Brian Ruckley, Lawrence Watt-Evans, David Weber & Linda Evans, Sean Williams, and Timothy Zahn.

Tuesday 27 May 2008

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

Troy Denning's Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Invincible debuts strongly on print lists; Stephenie Meyer's The Host still ranks #1; Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence debuts.

Monday 26 May 2008

•   Feature Review:

Howard Waldrop and Lawrence Person review
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

indiana jones

Not only is this a sequel to Raiders, in many ways it's an homage to it. Certainly part of the appeal is nostalgia for a film now a quarter-century old. And certainly this sucker is going to make a mint. But there's still enough of the old magic, and heart, left in to leave no doubt that this was a film that everyone involved really wanted to make for the characters and story, not just for the paycheck.

•   Monitor: New Books: fourth week May

New SF/F/H books seen this past week include Nancy Kress' collection Nano Comes to Clifford Falls and Other Stories, Neal Asher's Line War, Dean Koontz' Odd Hours, David J. Williams' debut novel The Mirrored Heavens, and other titles by Jes Battis, Maurice G. Dantec, Jennifer Fallon, Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon, William Jones, Brian Ruckley, and Jennifer Stevenson.

•   Monitor: Other Magazines, fourth week May

Weird Tales celebrates 85 years of weird storytellers, with Tanith Lee, China Miéville, and a new Elric tale by Michael Moorcock; plus, new issues of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Mythic Delirium, and Star*Line.

Sunday 25 May 2008

»   News: SF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Ticket are now on sale for this year's Science Fiction Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will honor publisher/editors Betty and Ian Ballantine, writer William Gibson, artist Richard Powers, and film/TV writer Rod Serling. Presenters include Charles N. Brown, Jack Womack, David G. Hartwell, and Marc Scott Zicree. The event is Saturday, June 21, 2008, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington. See 2008 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for details.

Friday 23 May 2008

»   Death: Robert Asprin

SF and fantasy writer Robert Asprin, born 1946, died yesterday, May 22, 2008, at his home in New Orleans. Asprin's first novel was SF The Cold Cash War (1977) but he was best known as creator and editor of the Thieves' World series of braided anthology/novels, and as author of numerous comic fantasy novels including series beginning with Another Fine Myth... (1978) and Phule's Company (1990). His latest book is Dragons Wild (2008), first book in another new series. Asprin won a Locus Award in 1982 for anthology Shadows of Sanctuary and he won two Balrog Awards, for that book and for anthology Storm Season the following year.
» Wikipedia entry

»   Awards News: Compton Crook Award Winner

the winner of this year's Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award , for best first SF, fantasy, or horror novel written by a single author, is Mark L. Van Name's One Jump Ahead (Baen). The award, voted by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, includes a cash prize of $1000, and will be presented in a ceremony tonight, May 23, 2008, at Balticon in Baltimore, Maryland.
» Compton Crook Award Winners official site

•   Monitor: Classic Reprints

Classic SF and fantasy in new editions seen in recent months includes tribute anthology The Worlds of Jack Williamson, Douglas A. Anderson's Tales Before Narnia, a hardcover reissue of Ben Bova's Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 2B, the first US trade edition of Philip K. Dick's In Milton Lumky Territory, and other titles by Iain M. Banks, Greg Bear, Leigh Brackett, Glen Cook, Harlan Ellison, Harry Harrison, Frank Herbert, Henry Kuttner, Michael Moorcock, C.L. Moore, Mervyn Peake, and H. Beam Piper.

Tickets are still available for June's Locus Awards Banquet in Seattle, with M.C. Connie Willis, the traditional Hawai'ian Shirt Contest, and a Clarion West 25th Anniversary event
with special guest William Gibson.

Tickets are also available now for the 2008 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
June cover The June issue of Locus Magazine -- mailing May 29th to subscribers -- features interviews with Jeffrey Ford and Daniel Abraham, a report on Nebula Awards Weekend, Forthcoming Books through March 2009, and reviews of new books by Philip Pullman, Greg Bear, Marie Brennan, Walter Jon Williams, Damien Broderick, and others, plus Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column on Algis Budrys.

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May cover The May issue of Locus Magazine -- mailing April 29th to subscribers -- features interviews with Theodora Goss and Catherynne M. Valente, tributes to the late Arthur C. Clarke, results of the Stoker and Nebula Awards, and reviews of new books by Walter Jon Williams, Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Lou Anders, Jonathan Strahan, and others.

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April cover The April issue of Locus Magazine -- mailing March 27th to subscribers -- features interviews with Terry Pratchett and Sarah Monette, essays on Locus's 40th anniversary by Robert Silverberg, Joe Haldeman, and others, an obituary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, and reviews of new books by Ursula K. Le Guin, Greg Egan, Alastair Reynolds, Leigh Brackett, and others, plus Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" look at H.G. Wells.

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