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Essay by Gary Westfahl:

The Joke Is on Us:
The Two Careers of Robert A. Heinlein



I wish to argue that there were only two periods in Heinlein's career: from 1939 to 1957, Heinlein wrote science fiction, and from 1958 until his death in 1988, Heinlein wrote satires of science fiction...

cory doctorow Cory Doctorow's new column:
The Internet of the Dead

I've realized that I've barely begun to think this through.





November 2012 Blinks




November -- News Posts








November 2012 Posts:


Notable New UK Books : November

Friday 30 November 2012  |  Monitor

Anna Tambour's Crandolin, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Briggs' Turtle Recall: The Complete Discworld Companion... So Far, and titles by Esslemont, Green, Lane, O'Regan, Rankin, Redick, and Williams

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

Thursday 29 November 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Interzone, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Journal of Unlikely Entomology, and Stupefying Stories, and anthology Unidentified Funny Stories

Periodicals: late November

Wednesday 28 November 2012  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static, Interzone, Mythic Delirium, and Star*Line, plus what's new at Eclipse Online

New Books : 27 November

Tuesday 27 November 2012  |  Monitor

Ekaterina Sedia's Moscow But Dreaming, the US edition of Hannu Rajaniemi's The Fractal Prince, anthologies from Jonathan Strahan and Ann VanderMeer, and novels by Andrews, Bertin, Butcher, Chan, Foster, Gilman, Hearne, Hirshberg, Macallan, Madison, McCullough, and Nassise

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 November 2012  |  Monitor

Joe Abercrombie's Red Country and a new Star Wars novel by Drew Karpyshyn debut on print lists.

The Joke Is on Us: The Two Careers of Robert A. Heinlein

Sunday 25 November 2012  |  Perspectives

Essay special to Locus Online

I wish to argue that there were only two periods in Heinlein's career: from 1939 to 1957, Heinlein wrote science fiction, and from 1958 until his death in 1988, Heinlein wrote satires of science fiction. Or, if that language seems too strong, say that from 1939 to 1957, Heinlein took his science fiction very seriously, and after that, he no longer took his science fiction seriously.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Hannu Rajaniemi

Saturday 24 November 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2012 issue

There was a lot more to Rajaniemi's future than The Quantum Thief really needed or could sustain, and now with The Fractal Prince — the second novel in a projected trilogy — we begin to learn that a great deal more is at stake.

Classic Reprints: November

Friday 23 November 2012  |  Monitor

The Collected Kessel in an ebook bundle from Baen Books, along with another bundle of works by Gardner Dozois, plus new editions of titles by Brooks, Gaiman, Hopkinson, Jordan, McCammon, and Moorcock

Paul Di Filippo reviews Brenda Cooper

Thursday 22 November 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In her new novel, The Creative Fire, Brenda Cooper gives the generation starship scenario a thorough, intelligent shaking and reworking, hewing to lots of the glorious old props while infusing a new strain of social justice and semi-YA, Hunger Games vitality into the milieu.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Wednesday 21 November 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Analog, Asimov's, Eclipse Online, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 20 November

Tuesday 20 November 2012  |  Monitor

Andri Snaer Magnason's LoveStar, collections by Helen Marshall, Derryl Murphy, James Van Pelt, horror novels by John Leahy, Stephen Leather, and Kevin Scott Smith, and other titles by Aaron, Anderson, Cobley, Oliver, Silverberg & Zinos-Amaro, and Wurts

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 November 2012  |  Monitor

Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatrill's Alliance and Laini Taylor's Days of Blood & Starlight debut on print lists.

Gwenda Bond reviews David Levithan's Every Day

Sunday 18 November 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2012 issue

Levithan resists the easy, the overly comforting, and in doing so manages a breathtaking and honest exploration of what love means.

New in Paperback: November

Saturday 17 November 2012  |  Monitor

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole and titles by Asaro, Baxter, Benulis, Conroy, Huff, Ivey, Jablokov, Koja, Mitsuse, Revis, and Rosen

Paul Di Filippo reviews Anna Tambour

Friday 16 November 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

With the appearance of her new novel, Crandolin, she will surely register Richter-powerful on the delighted synapses of all patrons of weird, funny fabulism.

Locus Bestsellers, November

Thursday 15 November 2012  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons and A Game of Thrones, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, and books by Michael A. Martin and R.A. Salvatore

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Karin Tidbeck

Wednesday 14 November 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2012 issue

Her collection Jagannath includes eleven stories, mostly translated from the Swedish ... It's a slim volume, and some of the stories are only a few pages long, but it's not quite like anything you've seen, even though you may hear vague echoes of everyone from Kafka to Borges to Tove Jansson.

New Books : 13 November

Tuesday 13 November 2012  |  Monitor

Joe Abercrombie's Red Country, Elizabeth Hand's collection Errantry, Nancy Kress' YA novel Flash Point, nonfiction by Michael Andre-Driussi, and other titles by Condie, Crawford & Boston, Fukui, Howard, Johnson, Lackey & Mallory, Moers, Priest, Souders, Williams, and Yolen

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 November 2012  |  Monitor

Karen Marie Moning's Iced and Orson Scott Card's Ruins debut on print lists.

Tim Pratt: On the Side of Wonder

Sunday 11 November 2012  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview.

People say, "How do you run a successful Kickstarter?" and I reply, "Have a thriving career in traditional publishing for ten years first." You can't crowdfund if you don't have a crowd. Some people do manage to come out of nowhere and make millions self-publishing, but those are rare outliers.

Periodicals: mid-November

Saturday 10 November 2012  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Apex, Asimov's, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Friday 9 November 2012  |  Magazine

November New and Notable books include Cory Doctorow's Pirate Cinema, Iain M. Banks' The Hydrogen Sonata, John Varley's Slow Apocalypse, and other titles by Barrett, Blaylock, Datlow & Windling, Hamilton, McDonald, McKillip, Pratchett, Rabuzzi, Sanderson, Silverberg, Williams, and Wolfe

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Thursday 8 November 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in the new issues of Clarkesworld, Apex Magazine, Bourbon Penn, Three-lobed Burning Eye, GigaNotoSaurus, and The New Yorker, plus a novella by Robert Reed

Faren Miller reviews Lois McMaster Bujold

Wednesday 7 November 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2012 issue

A fast-paced narrative that can extend as far as the schemes of warring empires, then shrink back to the private intimacies of lovers no with no mind to the future.

New Books : 6 November

Tuesday 6 November 2012  |  Monitor

Laini Taylor's Days of Blood & Starlight, Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick's The Cassandra Project, Allen Steele's Apollo's Outcasts, and other titles by Baxter, Caine, Collins, Cooper, Crilley, Davis, Harper, Huff, Marillier, Monk, Resnick (Laura), Shinn, Spoor, and Taylor & Osborn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 November 2012  |  Monitor

Ally Condie's Reached, third in her Matched trilogy, debuts on Amazon.com's list.

Gregory Benford: Dynamic Control

Sunday 4 November 2012  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview.

How come you can't open the unconscious and look at it? I try to see things from the evolutionary perspective: why did that evolve? Not being able to tell what you're thinking: how can that be adaptive? But it is. I think the brain needs to be left alone to work. Every writer will understand this.

Periodicals: early November

Saturday 3 November 2012  |  Monitor

Weird Tales returns, with a new editor; plus, new issues of Abyss & Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Jupiter, and SF Site

Cory Doctorow: The Internet of the Dead

Friday 2 November 2012  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

I'm giving hard thought to what I'd like done with my drives when I go. The passwords for my encrypted disks are on deposit with lawyers I trust, but having tried to make sense of someone else's lifetime of data, I've realized that I've barely begun to think this through.

November Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 November 2012  |  Magazine

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The November issue features interviews with Gregory Benford and Tim Pratt, a new column by Cory Doctorow, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Hannu Rajaniemi, Lois McMaster Bujold, Iain M. Banks, Stephen King & Stewart O'Nan, David Levithan, and many others.

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