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Earlier 2011 Blinks


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

Blinks: Reviews; Cuban SF

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Kit Reed, Nnedi Okorafor, Naomi Novik

» NY Times: Sci-Fi Writers Find Warmer Climate Amid Cuban Thaw, about Yoss’s A Planet for Rent

Blinks: Guardian and LA Times reviews; ZDNet on essential SF novels

Blinks: KGB, Borderlands, Nebula photos, Moorcock, Stephenson, democracy, Floridapocalypse

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB hosts Dale Bailey and Simon Strantzas, tonight

» Events at Borderlands this next month include Alyc Helms, Wesley Chu, Robert Brockway, Richard Kadrey

» Ellen Datlow’s Nebula award weekend photos and photos from KGB in May with Wesley Chu and Nicole Kornher-Stace

» Guardian: Michael Moorcock: My family values

» The Week: Neal Stephenson’s 6 favorite books

» Daily Kos: Fantasy, science fiction, and the future of democracy

» The Millions: Floridapocalypse: The End of the Sunshine State covers titles by Jeff VanderMeer, Pat Frank, Denis Johnson

Blinks: Reviews; John Scalzi

» NY Times: Genevieve Valentine reviews Naomi Novik, Terry Pratchett, Ian Tregillis, the Strugatsky brothers, Nnedi Okorafor, Philip and Carol Zaleski

» Sandusky Register: The biggest science fiction writer in America? He’s here in Ohio

» NPR interviews Paolo Bacigalupi about The Water Knife

» Toronto Star: The latest must-reads are by Neal Stephenson, Nick Cutter, Tesseracts Eighteen, Kit Reed

» Wall Street Journal [subscription site]: Tom Shippey reviews Neal Stephenson, Hannu Rajaniemi

» NPR: Amal El-Mohtar reviews Hannu Rajaniemi’s Collected Fiction

Blinks: Ansible, Ishiguro and Gaiman, Tanith Lee obit

» David Langford’s Ansible 335

» BBC: Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman debate ‘genre fiction’

» New York Times’ Tanith Lee obit quotes Paul Di Filippos’ Tanith Lee review

Blinks: Harlan Ellison still angry; Neal Stephenson interview; reviews of Bacigalupi and others

Blinks: Benford on Pluto; SF Writers Predict; KGB; Gawker interviews Liu, Older, Johnson

» Air & Space: Gregory Benford on Imagining Pluto

» Huffington Post: 10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years

» KGB hosts Wesley Chu and Nicole Kornher-Stace, Wednesday May 20th

» Gawker interviews Ken Liu, Daniel José Older, Alaya Dawn Johnson

Blinks: New Yorker on women in sf; HWA Stoker nominee interviews

» The New Yorker: Out Loud video blog: Women in Science Fiction

» Horror Writers Association blog has a series of “Know a Nominee” posts, about Ellen Datlow, Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Rasnic Tem, and others

Blinks: Ansible; reviews from SFC, WaPo, Toronto Star, WSJ

» David Langford’s Ansible 334

» SF Chronicles: Michael Berry reviews Benjamin Percy, Genevieve Valentine, Dan Simmons

» Washington Post: Ron Charles on Dune 50th anniversary

» Toronto Star: Alex Good reviews Robert Charles Wilson, Adam Christopher, Ian Tregellis, Old Venus

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews Robert Charles Wilson’s The Affinities [behind paywall]

Blinks: NYr on Gene Wolfe; reviews; VanderMeer; Shearman reading

» The New Yorker: Sci-Fi’s Difficult Genius, about Gene Wolfe

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Alex Marshall, Cixin Liu, Robert Charles Wilson

» MIT discussion: The Spooky Science of the Southern Reach: An Evening with Jeff VanderMeer

» NY Review of SF Readings hosts Robert Shearman, April 28th

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