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Author Events 14 - 17 Aug
Kat Richardson, K.A. Bedford, John Saul, Jeff Carlson, Michael Blumlein, Michael Shea

Conventions 14-17 Aug
» Mars Society -Boulder
» ArmadilloCon -Austin

Forthcoming Books to Mar '09
» Cheryl Morgan captures Denvention's 20 Essential Books of the Past 20 Years panel; Niall Harrison summarizes

» Scott Edelman has posted his photos from Denvention 3

» John Joseph Adams reports on Denvention's VIP tour of NORAD

» Adventures in SciFi Publishing features Clarion graduates

» Denvention reports and photos from Ellen Datlow, David Louis Edelman, Pyr, John Picacio (photos and report)

» NPR talks with Michael Chabon about the Hugo Awards

» The Masters of Science Fiction DVD, including two episodes not broadcast, is subject of a give-away contest at SF Scope

» Globe and Mail: Spider Robinson reviews Cory Doctorow

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews Stephenie Meyer

» io9's Annalee Newitz reports on Worldcon sidetrip to NORAD, with Anders, Sawyer, Bacigalupi, Marusek, and others

» Bend, Oregon Bulletin: The Shire goes into foreclosure

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Clarke & Pohl's The Last Theorem

» Kenneth R. Johnson has posted an Bibliography of SF Pornography

» August Internet Review of SF has features by Daniel M. Kimmel and Nick Mamatas and pieces about Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Silverberg, and C.M. Kornbluth

» August Clarkesworld Magazine features Yoon Ha Lee, Meghan McCarron, Theodora Goss, and Gene Wolfe

» Sci Fi Weekly: John Clute reviews Nick Harkaway's The Gone-Away World

» Guardian blogs about UK chances for Hugo Awards

» Truthdig's Steve Wasserman chats with Ray Bradbury (videos and transcript)

» Adventures in SciFi Publishing features Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman

» F&SF reprints Rand B. Lee's "Tales from the Net: Coming of Age Day" from Dec 2003

» John Joseph Adams is reading for new anthology Federations

» Dave Langford's Ansible 253

» Times Online: Lisa Tuttle reviews Stross, Baxter, Fenn

» LA Times: David L. Ulin reviews Harry Turtledove's The Valley-Westside War

» Transcriptase is available for writers offended by Helix editor William Sanders' remarks last month; this is what happened; Ansible 253 has a summary

» Adventures in SciFi Publishing has a Comic-Con report and reviews of new books by Tobias Buckell and T.A. Pratt

» Baltimore City Paper: Adrienne Martini reviews Charles Stross' Saturn's Children

» Kathryn Cramer has photos from Confluence, from Readercon, and from New York Review of Science Fiction's 20th anniversary party

» io9 recaps Readercon panel Why Aren't Aliens Talking to Us?

» August Lone Star Stories has fiction and poetry by Jo Walton, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Hal Duncan, Mikal Trimm, J.C. Runolfson, and Sonya Taaffe

» Black Gate has a free PDF download of Issue #12

» Adventures in SciFi Publishing features Neil Gaiman

» New pro-rate, online "literary adventure fantasy" magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies is open to submissions August 1st

» CNN on Arthur C. Clarke's last novel

» Boston Globe's Mark Feeney reviews Philip K. Dick's new Library of America volume Five Novels of the 1960s and 70s

» The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers' Scribe Awards, announced this past weekend at Comic-Con, include the Grandmaster Award to Alan Dean Foster

» Wizards of the Coast has cancelled its Discoveries imprint for original, non-gaming related novels

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» Scott Edelman has photos from Comic-Con

» Ellen Datlow has photos from the KGB's Shirley Jackson Award fundraiser

» L.A. Times interviews Michael Chabon about genre and serious fiction

» Washington Post interviews Benjamin Rosenbaum

» July Broadsheet has interviews with L. Timmel Duchamp and Catherynne M. Valente; plus Sheila Finch, Jennifer Pelland, reviews


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2008 Blinks Archive

Thursday 14 August 2008

•   Monitor: New Books: 1st week August

Notable new SF/F/H books seen the first week of August include Arthur C. Clarke & Frederik Pohl's The Last Theorem, Joe Haldeman's Marsbound, Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn, Ekaterina Sedia's The Alchemy of Stone, the 1st US edition of Greg Bear's City at the End of Time, John Joseph Adams' anthology Seeds of Change, and other titles by Bentley, Bova, Caine, Cooper, and Kenyon.

Tuesday 12 August 2008

»   Awards News: Robert A. Heinlein Award winners

Winners of this year's Robert A. Heinlein Award, given to recognize outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space, are Ben Bova and Spider Robinson. The award consists of a sterling silver medal, bearing the image of Robert A. Heinlein, and a certificate.
» Heinlein Award Past Winners

•   Awards News: Other Awards Presented at Worldcon

bull Isaac Asimov, Michael Chabon, David Brin, and others are winners of this year's First Fandom, Big Heart, Special Committee, Sidewise, and Golden Duck Awards, all announced at last week's World Science Fiction Convention in Denver.

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

meyer Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn debuts at #1 on two print lists this week, after months of pre-publication sales. Also debuting on lists this week are Patricia Briggs' Cry Wolf, Karen Traviss' Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Jocelynn Drake's Nightwalker.

Saturday 9 August 2008

•   Awards News: Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

bull Winners, announced at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Denver, Colorado, include Michael Chabon, Connie Willis, Ted Chiang, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Locus Magazine, and others; Mary Robinette Kowal wins the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Update 11 August: the link to detailed results is updated.

Wednesday 6 August 2008

•   Awards News: World Fantasy Awards Nominations

Nominations for this year's World Fantasy Awards have been announced, along with recipients of this year's Lifetime Achievement Awards: Leo & Diane Dillon, and Patricia A. McKillip.

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

rowling Notable debuts on bestseller lists this week are J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge's The Dangerous Days of Daniel X; and David Weber's By Schism Rent Asunder.

Saturday 2 August 2008

»   Awards News: WSFA Small Press and Chesley Award nominees

Finalists have been announced for this year's Chesley Awards (for SF/fantasy art) and for this year's Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award (for short fiction from small press publications).
» The ASFA website lists the 2008 Chesley Award nominees (eligibility of all not yet confirmed)
» Science Fiction Awards Watch lists the WSFA Small Press Award finalists; winner will be announce at Capclave in October.

•   Monitor: New Books: last week July

Notable new SF/F/H books seen the last week of July include Stephen Baxter's Flood, Greg Bear's City at the End of Time, Gregory Frost's Lord Tophet, Leslie What's collection Crazy Love, the second edition of Michael Andre-Driussi's Lexicon Urthus, and other titles by Elizabeth Bear, Galen Beckett, Patricia Briggs, Jeff Carlson, Jocelynn Drake, Lynn Flewelling, Chris Howard, James Maxey, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Mike Resnick, John Ringo, Tim Scott, Harry Turtledove, and Kim Wilkins.

•   Monitor: Other Magazines, second half July

Fiction by Carolyn Ives Gilman, Stephen Baxter, David R. Palmer, Steven Utley, Paolo Bacigalupi, Martha Wells, Elissa Malcohn, Jennifer Pelland, and others; reviews and interviews by Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth Hand, Robert Silverberg, Damien Broderick, and Lisa Tuttle, plus tributes to Arthur C. Clarke, are in new issues of Analog, Asimov's, Black Gate, Electric Velocipede, F&SF, Dreams and Nightmares, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and BSFA journals Focus and Vector.

•   Locus Magazine: August Issue

august issue

The August issue of Locus features intervies with Michael Chabon and Greer Gilman, results of this year's Locus Survey, an obituary and appreciations of Thomas M. Disch, and reviews of new books by Daniel Abraham, Charles Stross, Lucius Shepard, and others, plus Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" about James Blish.

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    Abraham, Bakker, Disch, Dozois, Egan, Lake, Novik...

Thursday 31 July 2008

•   Locus Magazine: Garth Nix: Balancing Act

Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview.

garth nix

People get too hung up on categories. Publishers, authors, and (to some extent) booksellers see Young Adult as a dynamic category: they want things to be in YA, whether they should go there or not...

•   Locus Magazine: Christopher Barzak: Imaginary Autobiography

Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview.

christopher barzak

A lot of writers write about families and communities that are falling apart. (Joyce Carol Oates writes a lot about characters like that.) When people ask me if One For Sorrow is autobiographical, which they often do, my answer is that I think any book is at least a little autobiographical...

Wednesday 30 July 2008

•   Monitor: New in Paperback: July

Notable titles in new paperback editions seen this month include Richard K. Morgan's Thirteen (aka Black Man, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award), Daniel Abraham's A Betrayal in Winter, David Louis Edelman's Infoquake, and other titles by Kage Baker, Brenda Cooper, George Alec Effinger, Steven Erikson, Elizabeth Haydon, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, E.E. Knight, Warren Rochelle, Rudy Rucker, Sherwood Smith, Michael A. Stackpole, Whitley Strieber, Sheri S. Tepper, John Twelve Hawks, David Weber & Linda Evans, and Steve White & Shirley Meier.

Tuesday 29 July 2008

•   Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers

colfer Eoin Colfer's latest Artemis Fowl YA novel debuts at #4 on this week's USA Today list; other debuts this week are books by Kelley Armstrong, Arthur C. Clarke & Frederik Pohl, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Patricia Briggs. And Watchmen trailers before The Dark Knight are selling Watchmen and lots of Batman tie-ins.

Monday 28 July 2008

•   Monitor: New Books: fourth week July

Notable new SF/F/H books seen the fourth week of July include Daniel Abraham's An Autumn War, the US edition of Greg Egan's Incandescence, story collections by Nisi Shawl and Robert Freeman Wexler, young adult novels by Kelley Armstrong, Eoin Colfer, Nancy A. Collins, Michael Grant, Mary Hoffman, and Garth Nix, and other titles by Henry Melton, Charlene Teglia, and S.L. Viehl.

Thursday 24 July 2008

•   Locus Magazine: Sample Reviews

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Margo Lanagan

Locus Magazine features three dozen book reviews in its July 2008 issue. Here's Gary K. Wolfe on Margo Lanagan's new novel Tender Morsels.


Lanagan's Tender Morsels is perhaps best approached without any YA preconceptions, for reasons that become apparent before we're halfway through the prologue, which begins literally with a roll in the hay...

Amelia Beamer reviews Kelly Link

And here's Amelia Beamer on Kelly Link's new collection Pretty Monsters.

kelly link

Link freely uses the cast and furniture of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but for the most part, the narrative worlds in Link's stories do not follow the rules of any of these genres. Her characters aren't afraid of (or astonished by) zombies and ghosts and wizards. Strangely enough, the emotional payoff from all of this wackiness is something akin to what science fiction readers call sense of wonder.

Wednesday 23 July 2008

•   Awards News:

Prometheus Awards Winners

Winners of this year's Prometheus Awards for Libertarian Science Fiction have been announced.

•   Awards News Update:

Awards Announced at Readercon

The Cordwainer Smith Award was announced at last weekend's Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts, in addition to the first annual Shirley Jackson Awards and this year's Rhysling Awards for SF poetry.

New Issue: August 2008

• Interviews with Michael Chabon and Greer Gilman

• Obituary and appreciations of Thomas M. Disch

Locus Survey results

• Three dozen reviews of current books and short fiction, plus Graham Sleight on James Blish

Arthur C. Clarke's final Egogram
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The July issue of Locus Magazine -- mailed June 26th to subscribers -- features complete Locus Poll results, a special Young Adult Fiction section with essays by Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld, Graham Joyce, and others, a new column by Cory Doctorow, interviews with Garth Nix and Christopher Barzak, and reviews of new books by Margo Lanagan, Neil Gaiman, Julie Bertagna, Alastair Reynolds, Kelly Link, Jane Frank, and many others. July cover
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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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