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Blinks: Microsoft and Atlantic Council free ebook anthologies; SFWA’s reading list; WFC readings and photos; more

» Microsoft has published Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft today, free in various ebook formats, with stories by Bear, Bear, Brin, Kress, Leckie, McDevitt, McGuire, and Sawyer

» Atlantic Council has released anthology War Stories from the Future, also a free ebook, with works by Liu, Ashby, Brin, Nagata, and others

» SFWA has released a Nebula Suggested Reading List of titles recommended for next year’s Nebula Awards, so far

» Scott Edelman has videos of 14 readings from the 2015 World Fantasy Convention

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from World Fantasy Con

» Slate: Pulp Sci-Fi’s Legacy to Women in Science

» Wired: Sci-Fi Writer William Shunn: The Book of Mormon Is a Lot Like Lord of the Rings

» David Herter on The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Czech composer Zdenek Liska, one of the unknown inspirers of Steampunk

» Borderlands Books in San Francisco features Richard Kadrey and Mira Grant later this month

Blinks: Amazon’s and B&N’s best sf/f of the year

» Amazon’s Best books of 2015 includes SF/F titles by Martin, Bardugo, Butcher, Pratchett, Stephenson, Leckie, Novik, Wong, Wallace, Bacigalupi, Gaiman, Henry, and others.

» Barnes & Nobles’ The Best Science-Fiction & Fantasy of 2015 are titles by Valente, Dickinson, Leckie, Robinson, Schwab, Cho, Liu, Caine, Jemisin, Steinmetz, and others.

Blinks: SF and Catholics

Blinks: Scroll on SF as the best depiction of reality; io9 on the F&SF cover

» Scroll: Why speculative fiction may be the best way to depict reality; “The form exposes society and our lives in places that realistic fiction can’t touch.”

» io9: The Story Behind Bhen On The Cover Of The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Blinks: Brian Aldiss; Philip Pullman; Stephen King; reviews of Ann Leckie and others; Paul Levinson

» Telegraph: Brian Aldiss at 90: “British readers had a prejudice against science fiction”

» Slate: A Conversation with Philip Pullman

» NY Times: Stephen King, Not Just the Guy Who Makes Monsters, Q&A about his new book The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

» Slate: Oh, the Humanity: Tammy Oler reviews Ann Leckie’s Radch trilogy

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews Gene Wolfe, Lisa Goldstein, Mary Rickert

» NY Times Book Review: Terrence Rafferty reviews Stephen King, William Gay, William Sloane, Thomas Ligotti

» Paul Levinson’s new essay McLuhan in an Age of Social Media, in effect “a new chapter in my book Digital McLuhan“, is free at Amazon until November 15

Blinks: Ansible, reviews, Niffenegger, KSR, KGB, Boing Boing, Okayafrica

» David Langford’s Ansible 340

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Atwood, Due, Hopkinson, Higgins

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo on Beneath and Beyond: Cosmic Horror Returns, reviewing the William Sloane classic reprint

» NPR talks with Audrey Niffenegger about her anthology Ghostly

» io9: Kim Stanley Robinson on What I Learned From Cutting 300 Pages Out Of My Epic Trilogy, concerning Green Earth

» KGB Fantastic Fiction hosts Kathe Koja, Robert Levy, November 18th

» Boing Boing: The two brilliant, prescient 20th century science fiction novels you should read this election season: namely, Neal Stephenson & J. Frederick George’s Interface and Bruce Sterling’s Distraction

» Okayafrica: Science Fiction & Blackness: A Conversation With Raimi Gbadamosi On African Futures

Blinks: KGB photos; reviews; Climate Fiction contest; University events; Harry Potter; Zuckerberg; Gene Wolfe

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB reading October 21, with Nathan Ballingrud and Fran Wilde

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Valente and Best American SF and Fantasy 2015

» Guardian: David Mitchell on Earthsea — a rival to Tolkien and George RR Martin

» Arizona State University is holding a Climate Fiction Short Story Contest, to be judged by Kim Stanley Robinson; deadline Jan 15, 2016

» The University of Oregon celebrates the acquisition of the James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice B. Sheldon) literary papers with a two-day symposium, 4-5 December 2015

» Cal State University Fullerton’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of Frank Herbert’s Dune continues throughout this month, with events through early November

» Also, CSUF has a Call for Papers for next year’s Philip K. Dick Conference, April 29-30, 2016

» The official eighth Harry Potter story will be a stage play, upcoming in Summer 2016: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is the official eighth Potter story and the first to be presented on stage

» 14 books Mark Zuckerberg thinks everyone should read includes Iain M. Banks; his latest resolution includes Liu Cixin

» Daniel Polansky on The Mysteries of Gene Wolfe’s Peace (and Why They Keep Me Up at Night)

Blinks: Strugatskys, Time Travel, Bustle, Wolfe

Blinks: Ann Leckie’s 10 Best; reviews by Charles Yu, Elizabeth Hand, and others

» Publishers Weekly: Ann Leckie’s 10 Best Science Fiction Books

» NY Times Book Review: Charles Yu’s SF & Fantasy round-up covers Hrbek, Wong, Moorcock, Jama-Everett, Downum, Vincent, and the Delany tribute anthology

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews William Sloane

» B&N: David Burr Gerrard reviews Ceridwen Dovey; Cecilia D’Anastasio on Wargames and Peace

Blinks: Amazon’s new best 100 list

» Amazon has a new best 100 sci-fi/fantasy books list

Blinks: Best American SF & F; SF essential reading; Le Guin; Ballard

» Entertainment Weekly chats with John Joseph Adams about Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 with editor Joe Hill’s Introduction

» Bustle: 23 Amazing Science Fiction Books That Should Be Considered Essential Reading

» David Naimon interviews Ursula K. Le Guin about her new book Steering the Craft

» Guardian: Why JG Ballard’s High-Rise takes dystopian science fiction to a new level

Blinks: Ansible; GRRM on Mars; Le Guin; Stephenson; Atwood; Paul DiFi on Dirty Jobs

» David Langford’s Ansible 339

» Guardian: George R.R. Martin’s on Our Long Obsession with Mars

» David Naimon interviews Ursula K. Le Guin about Steering the Craft

» Tech Insider: Sci-fi legend Neal Stephenson says it’s getting harder and harder to predict the future

» New York Times: Margaret Atwood, Digital Deep-Diver, Writes ‘The Heart Goes Last’

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo on Tomorrow’s Dirty Jobs, recalling novels by Pohl & Kornbluth, Dick, White, Simak, Malzberg, and others

Blinks: Reviews; KGB photos; Sawyer interview; PKD storybundle; conventions

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews John Sandford & Ctien, Zen Cho, Seth Dickinson

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB Sept. 16, with Lawrence C. Connolly and Thomas F. Monteleone

» Folio interviews Robert J. Sawyer

» A Philip K. Dick Award Bundle, a collection of 11 PKD Award winners and finalists, is available for the next 20 days

» AZSF reading series launched this month in Scottsdale AZ

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB hosts Nathan Ballingrud and Fran Wilde, October 21st

» Conventions this weekend: SF:SE 2015 in Orlando; next weekend: Archon 39 in Collinsville IL, and Con-Volution 2015 in Burlingame, CA

Blinks: Salon interviews Le Guin; China on SF

» Salon: Ursula K. Le Guin on myths, Modernism and why “I’m a little bit suspicious of the MFA program”: “It’s hard to think of another living author who has written so well for so long in so many styles as Ursula K. Le Guin…”

» NY Times: Sinosphere | China Embraces Science Fiction (Just Don’t Take It Too Far) [title later updated to: “As Zombie Rumors Fly, China Punishes Social Media Pranksters”]

Blinks: Short fiction recommendations; African Futures; Brin on KSR and Weir; Suicide and SF; Concatenation

» io9: Science Fiction’s Best Editors Are Tweeting You Some Recommendations

» The Times of Israel: AfroSF: Imagining African Futures through Science Fiction

» IEET: David Brin Nitpicks Recent (Great) Hard Science Fiction Novels: AURORA and THE MARTIAN

» University of California Santa Barbara prof Carl Gutierrez-Jones has published a book about Suicide and Contemporary Science Fiction

» Concatenation has news, columns, and articles up for Autumn 2015

Blinks: 9/11 SF, Ursula K. Le Guin, Damien Walter

» The New Yorker: Joshua Rothman on The Unsettling Arrival of Speculative 9/11 Fiction, a review of Douglas Lain’s anthology In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Fiction in a Post-9/11 World (via)

» Slate: Jacob Brogan on Unlearning to Write: Ursula Le Guin’s guide to the impossible craft of storytelling

» Guardian: Damien Walter: Seek out new worlds of science fiction — there’s so much happening out there

Blinks: Samuel R. Delany; Salman Rushdie; Fredric Jameson

Blinks: Jacqueline Carey, Paul Simms, Top Scientists’ SF favorites

» Salon: “Game of Thrones” meets “50 Shades”?: These female-led medieval fantasy novels should be TV’s next smash hit — about Jacqueline Carey’s “Kushiel” series

» The New Yorker: Eight Short Science-Fiction Stories by Paul Simms

» Huffington Post: 13 Top Scientists’ Favorite Books And Movies — Jane Goodall, Michael Shermer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, et al.

Blinks: Salman Rushdie, John Crowley, reviews

» NY Times: Salman Rushdie on his new novel and science fiction; also interview at NPR

» Harper’s: John Crowley on Selective Service

» NY Times: Sarah Lyall reviews C.A. Higgins’ Lightless

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Swanwick’s Chasing the Phoenix and Haruki Murakami’s Wind/Pinball

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Kim Stanley Robinson, Austin Grossman, Ernest Cline

Blinks: Ansible; Dirda and Gaiman on Pratchett; Wolfe on Hugos; King, Le Guin, Datlow’s Sasquan pics; events

» David Langford’s Ansible 338

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews Terry Pratchett’s The Shepherd’s Crown

» Guardian: Neil Gaiman reveals the real ending Terry Pratchett wanted for The Shepherd’s Crown

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe on Hugo Awards: Rabid Puppies defeat reflects growing diversity in science fiction

» New York Times: Stephen King: Stephen King: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?

» NPR: Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

» Ellen Datlow’s Sasquan photos

» New York Review of Science Fiction readings host Michael Swanwick and Rajan Khanna, September 8

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB hosts Tom Monteleone and Lawrence C. Connolly, September 16

Blinks: James Tiptree Jr.; Hugo Results summaries; Reviews

» August 24th was James Tiptree, Jr.’s 100th anniversary: Conceptual Fiction; Letters to Tiptree by Brit Mandelo at; Tachyon Publications

» Summaries of Hugo Awards results and attendant issues at Wired, Boing Boing, Wall Street Journal, and Slate.

» Reactions to the first Hugo Award to a Chinese writer: NYT: Science-Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Chinese Writer for First Time; WSJ: Cixin Liu Becomes First Asian to Win Hugo Award for Science Fiction

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews China Miéville, N.K. Jemisin, Aliette de Bodard

Blinks: KGB photos; Climate change; Social Justice

» Ellen Datlow’s Photos from KGB, August 19, with A.C. Wise and N.K. Jemisin

» Guardian: Claire L Evans on Climate change is so dire we need a new kind of science fiction to make sense of it

» Open Democracy/Transformation: Adrienne Maree Brown on Science fiction and social justice: giving up on utopias

Blinks: LA Times profiles John Scalzi; review of Kevin Keating

» LA Times: John Scalzi conquers the publishing universe

» B&N: Stefan Beck reviews Kevin Keating’s The Captive Condition (“influenced by Hawthorne and Poe, by H. P. Lovecraft and William S. Burroughs”)

Blinks: Michael Berry on Dune; How SF drives discoveries; Gary K. Wolfe reviews

Blinks: Shippey on Benford; MacLeod on SF; Cixin Liu

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews The Best of Gregory Benford

» OpenDemocracy/Transformation: Ken MacLeod: Science Fiction: taking science personally

» Washington Post: Why you should be reading Liu Cixin, China’s hottest science-fiction writer

Blinks: KSR, Le Guin, Liu, Sawyer, PKD, SFWA

» Guardian: Richard Lea on Science fiction: the realism of the 21st century, with Kim Stanley Robinson, Alastair Reynolds, and Ann Leckie

» Sunday NYT Book Review: Ursula K. Le Guin: By the Book; also, Naomi Novik reviews N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

» NYT: Q. and A.: Ken Liu on Science Fiction and Chinese History

» LA Times: Elizabeth Hand reviews Sisters of the Revolution edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

» Guardian: Ursula Le Guin’s advice for aspiring writers: ‘There are no recipes’, about her new online writing workshop

» Toronto Star: the latest and best reads are by Kim Stanley Robinson, Gardner Dozois, Ernest Cline, Carolyn Ives Gilman

» Small Print Magazine: Robert J. Sawyer Shares His Process and Writerly Wisdom

» SF at CSUF (Cal State University Fullerton) will host a 2016 Philip K. Dick  Conference, April 29-30, 2016

» YouTube: SFWA events at Sasquan

Blinks: NYT reviews China Miéville; Ursula K. Le Guin on Harper Lee

» NY Times: Sarah Lyall reviews China Miéville’s Three Moments of an Explosion

» Book View Cafe: Ursula K. Le Guin: A Personal Take on Go Set a Watchman

Blinks: Ansible; Delany, Benford on KSR, VanderMeer, Di Filippo, Shippey, HPL, events including Tiptree Award at Borderlands

» David Langford’s Ansible 337

» The New Yorker: Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction

» Gregory Benford: Envisioning Starflight Failing, long essay/review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora (expanded from essay in Nature)

» The Guardian: Jeff VanderMeer: Are we alone? SF is as sure a guide as any

» Barnes & Noble: Paul Di Filippo reviews Natasha Pulley’s The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews Scott Hawkins and Ernest Cline

» Providence Monthly: The Cult of Cthulhu: Artists, scholars, uber-fans. Meet the people keeping Lovecraft’s hometown legacy alive

» Borderlands Books in SF hosts the formal presentation of this year’s Tiptree Award, to Jo Walton for My Real Children, Sunday August 9

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB in NYC hosts N.K. Jemisin and A.C. Wise, August 19th

» Dark Delicacies in LA hosts Joe Nassise & Del Howison, editors of Midian Unmade, along with numerous contributors

Blinks: Baxter interview; Moorcock on Tolkien; Blaylock on steampunk; Di Filippo on classic gods

» Guardian: Stephen Baxter interview: why science fiction is like therapy

» New Statesman: Michael Moorcock: “I think Tolkien was a crypto-fascist”

» Boing Boing: James Blaylock On Writing Steampunk

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Classic Gods in 4 New Fantasy Novels by Martin Millar, Joanne Harris, and 2 by Jo Walton

Blinks: Reviews of KSR (x2), Hand, Dozois; events at Borderlands; Ellen Datlow’s photos

» The Guardian, Adam Roberts on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora: “the best generation starship novel I have ever read”

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe’s Roundup of books by Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, Gardner Dozois (requires subscription or registration)

» Upcoming events at Borderlands Books include Hugh Howey, Richard Kadrey, Katie Gilmartin, Jo Walton, Ellen Klages, Bucky Sinister, Taiyo Fujii, MIchael J. Martinez, and John Scalzi

» Ellen Datlow’s Photos from KGB reading July 15th with Jeffrey Ford and David Edison and Photos from Readercon

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