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Earlier 2011 Blinks


Blinks: VanderMeer covers; Jo Walton; Jonathan Strahan; Ann Leckie

» Entertainment Weekly’s latest print issue has a full page spread of the covers in different countries for the three volumes of Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach” trilogy; VanderMeer’s site links to a Flickr album of these covers

» Boing Boing: Cory Doctorow links to a chat with Jo Walton about her recent books

» Guardian: Keith Brooke reviews Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight

» St. Louis Riverfront Times: long profile asking Is Ann Leckie the Next Big Thing in Science Fiction?

Blinks: Lauren Owen, Octavia Butler, Robert J. Sawyer, VanderMeer & Fowler, KGB

» Reviews of Lauren Owen’s The Quick by Andrew Sean Greer in New York Times and Elizabeth Hand in Los Angeles Times

» Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies: Octavia Butler’s fictional religion of ‘Earthseed’ inspires real religious movement

» Winnipeg Free Press interviews Robert J. Sawyer

» NPR’s Cosmos & Culture blog: Jeff VanderMeer and Karen Joy Fowler discuss Are Trout Too Smart To Eat? And Other Surprising Questions

» NPR’s To the Best of Our Knowledge interviews Jeff VanderMeer about his Southern Reach trilogy, part of an hour-long show also featuring Ursula K. Le Guin and Neil Gaiman

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB readings June 18 with Paul Witcover and Eileen Gunn

» KGB readings July 16th will be by Victor LaValle and Sofia Samatar

Blinks: Lucius Shepard memorial pics; a new PKD site; reviews

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from the Lucius Shepard memorial and celebration at KGB bar

» A new PKD site: Philip K. Dick in the OC; with a Facebook page

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews William H. Patterson, Jr.’s Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Genevieve Valentine, Emmi Itäranta, Mark Lawrence

» Huffington Post’s “Books That Grow With You” includes this post about Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Claire North, Nnedi Okorafor, James Lovegrove, Neil Williamson, Sarah Lotz

» Christian Science Monitor’s 15 classic science fiction books (mostly the usual suspects)

» Slate: Phil Plait and John Scalzi singing Danke Schön

Blinks: Lucius Shepard celebration; Borderlands events; Dirda on Abbott; Mythic Delirium

» KGB Bar will host a Celebration of the Work of Lucius Shepard, June 15 at 7pm, with Ellen Datlow, Robert Killheffer, Laird Barron, John Langan, and others

» Events at Borderlands Books in San Francisco this month and next include Jane Lindskold, Greg van Eekhout, Jo Walton, James S.A. Corey, Juliet Blackwell, MP Johnson, and Richard Lupoff

» B&N: Michael Dirda reviews Edwin A. Abbott’s Flatland, comparing it to Koestler, Orwell, and Burgess

» Mythic Delirium’s June content is now online

Blinks: Ansible, reviews, KGB photos

» David Langford’s Ansible 323

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Alan Weisman’s Countdown and reviews new novels by Jo Walton and Mary Rickert

» B&N: Colin Fleming reviews Clark Ashton Smith

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB reading May 21 with Laird Barron and Paul Tremblay

» New York Times Book Review: long review by N.K. Jemisin of titles by Jeff VanderMeer, Chris Beckett, Jo Walton, Marie Brennan, and Daniel Price

» KGB‘s reading June 18th is with Paul Witcover and Eileen Gunn

Blinks: Laline Paull, Wil Wheaton

» NY Times Book Review: Emma Straub reviews Laline Paull’s The Bees: “The buzz you will hear surrounding this book and its astonishing author is utterly deserved.” (A Paul Di Filippo review of this for Locus Online to follow soon.)

» CNET: Bonnie Burton on Wil Wheaton’s interview with Larry King about geekdom, science fiction, net neutrality, and his new TV show

Blinks: Slate on gender in Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice

» Slate: Gretchen McCulloch on What Does “She” in Science Fiction Tell Us About Language on Earth?, discussing Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice

Blinks: Washington Post reviews

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Mary Rickert, Glen Hirshberg, Sarah Lotz

Blinks: HuffPo, io9, reviews, essays, events

» Huffington Post’s 9 Contemporary Authors You Should Be Reading includes Jeff VanderMeer and Helen Oyeyemi

» io9 recalls that In 1975, Newsweek Warned that Science Fiction Was Taking Over

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Jeremy Bushnell’s The Weirdness

» Toronto Star: Alex Good reviews Adam Christopher, Josh Malerman, Laline Paull

» Mythic Delirium’s May content includes a story by Cedar Sanderson and poetry by Mari Ness and Jane Yolen

» Concatenation‘s Summer edition includes article Anglo-Romanian Science & Science Fiction Cultural Exchange Re-visited

» Borderlands Books in San Francisco has events this month and next with August Ragone, Sarah Lotz, Jane Lindskold, Greg van Eekhout, and Jo Walton

» KGB‘s reading May 21st is with Laird Barron and Paul Tremblay

Blinks: Ansible, reviews, Paul Di Filippo on fantasy taxonomy

» David Langford’s ansible 322

» Providence Journal: Nancy Hightower reviews Claire North, Felix Gilman, Alena Graedon

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo’s Seeds of Ice and Fire considers GRRM in the taxonomy of fantasy

Blinks: NPR on Daryl Gregory; Locus Foundation artwork auction

» NPR reviews Daryl Gregory: Better (?) Living Through Chemistry In ‘Afterparty’

» Please note the Locus Foundation’s Joseph Clement Coll Auction on a piece of artwork from the collection of Charles N. Brown

Blinks: Rolling Stone interviews GRRM; Eileen Gunn on SF in Smithsonian

Blinks: Guardian on genre definitions and the Hugo nominations

» Guardian’s second in a series on literary definitions has Juliet McKenna on The genre debate: Science fiction travels farther than literary fiction

» Guardian also has this reaction to the Hugo finalists and Robert Jordan’s nomination, by Alison Flood

Blinks: Beckett, Hand, Allen, Grassman, Fox, Di Filippo, Bacharach

» The Atlantic: Chris Beckett on The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction

» Salon: Elizabeth Hand, Saved by Obamacare

» Mike Allen offers three stories from Clockwork Phoenix 3

» Nature has a story by Preston Grassman

» Andrew Fox on The New Immortality of Authors and Books

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews William R. Forschten

» HuffPo: Jacob Bacharach on how All Good Books Are Weird Books

Blinks: reviews, interviews, events

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman and The Time Traveler’s Almanac

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Sedgwick, Baggott, Hutchinson, Weir, Bach, Dietz

» SFGate: Michael Berry reviews Weir, Sternbergh, Cutter

» Amazing Stories interviews David Langford and John Clute about The SF Encyclopedia

» B&N interviews Christopher Priest

» Guardian: Damien Walter on how Science fiction needs to reflect that the future is queer

» Updated list of Science Fiction Stories with Good Astronomy & Physics, compiled by Andrew Fraknoi

» UC Riverside hosts “A Day of Latino Science Fiction” on April 30

» Upcoming events at Borderlands Books in San Francisco include Eileen Gunn, Emily Jiang and April Chu, Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw, Daryl Gregory, Seanan McGuire, Marie Brennan

Blinks: Anislbe, reviews of Campbell nominees and Kenneth Calhoun, upcoming events

» David Langford’s Ansible 321

» Never mind the title, here’s K. Tempest Bradford on NPR reviewing works by this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Kenneth Calhoun’s Black Moon

» The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings presents A Tribute to Robert Sheckley, April 7th beginning 6:30pm, featuring Alisa Kwitney (Sheckley), Ziva Kwitney, Henry Wessells, Ellen Datlow, and Michael Swanwick

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, present Douglas Clgg and John Langan, April 16th at 7pm

» Dark Delicacies in Burbank CA hosts Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, David J. Schow, Darryl Dawon, Lisa Dominique Machat, DH Altair, this next week

Blinks: Photos from ICFA

» Photos from the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts from Ellen Datlow and James Patrick Kelly.

Blinks: reviews of Norman Spinrad, VanderMeer & VanderMeer

Blinks: Joshi, VanderMeer

» New York Times profiles S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft devotee and atheist

» Entertainment Weekly gives Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation a full page review with a grade of B+

Blinks: Cory Doctorow, Carrie Vaughn, Katherine Dunn, Mythic Delirium

» Lots of comments to Cory Doctorow’s latest column Cold Equations and Moral Hazard (scroll down)

» Boulder Weekly profiles Carrie Vaughn

» Wired looks back at Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love

» New content at Mythic Delirium 0.3

Blinks: Ansible, reviews, Jeff Somers

» David Langford’s Ansible 320

» Toronto Star: Alex Good reviews Schroeder, VanderMeer, Peek, Costello & Hautala

» Globe and Mail: Jared Bland reviews VanderMeer’s Annihilation

» Hudson NJ Reporter profiles Jeff Somers

Blinks: MacLeod and Benford interviews; VanderMeer and Walton reviews; KGB photos

» LA Review of Books interviews Ken MacLeod, with discussion of his new novel Descent

» Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies: George Slusser inteviews Gregory Benford

» Lots of reviews of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation: Laura Miller at Salon; John Domini in Miami Herald; Tara Wanda Merrigan in GQ; Justin Alvarez in Paris Review

» Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reviews Jo Walton’s What Makes This Book So Great

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB reading 19 Feb, with Kiini Ibura Salaam and Felix Gilman

Blinks: NYT and VanderMeer; WP reviews; DeNiro review; Theroux interview; Hand reviews Theroux

» New York Times on how Books Are Rolled Out Faster, with prime example Jeff VanderMeer, whose new trilogy is coming out in February, May, and September

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews James L. Cambias, Rachel Bach, Scott Sigler

» Minneapolis Star Tribune reviews Alan DeNiro’s Tyrannia and other renditions

» NPR interviews Marcel Theroux

» LA Times: Elizabeth Hand reviews Marcel Theroux’s Strange Bodies: “a contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein,’ with one of the titans of English literature standing in for the monster.”

Blinks: Amazon’s 100, literary elitism, KSR, Mythic Delirium, ACC Center event, Pratchett…

» Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime includes sf/f/h associated titles by Orwell, Hawking, Snicket, L’Engle, Carroll, Dahl, White, Herbert, Bradbury, Rowling, Vonnegut, Chabon, Diaz, Lowry, Pullman, Atwood, Collins, Riordan, Tolkien, Juster, McCarthy, King, Grahame, Murakami — and 2013′s Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

» Salon: Laura Miller asks, Is the literary world elitist?

» Boom: A Journal of California interviews Kim Stanley Robinson

» Mythic Delirium has posted February content with fiction by Kenneth Schneyer and poetry by J.C. Runolfson and David Sklar

» The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination presents Galileo and the Music of the Spheres, Feburary 21, 2014, with afternoon panels, a reception, and a musical performance

» Sir Terry Pratchett is Author of the Day on the first day of the London Book Fair, beginning April 8

» Andrew Fox blogs about Rethinking the Relationship Between Drinking, Writing, and Depression

» A NYT Slide Show about Book Covers, Before and After, includes these slides about Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation — from this page, click right

Blinks: Ansible, VanderMeer, Brown, Entry Level SF

» David Langford’s Ansible 319

» LA Times: Lydia Millet reviews Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation

» Entertainment Weekly reviews Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: A-: “Brown’s best move is eschewing some of the more tired tropes of dystopian YA (read: no horrific love triangle), instead creating disarmingly real friendships and high-stakes rivalries.”

» io9: The Best “Entry Level” Science Fiction Books to Convert Your Friends

Blinks: Lightspeed, KGB photos, VanderMeer, reviews

» Lightspeed Magazine’s Kickstarter campaign has funded a special issue written and edited by women — the June issue, edited by Christie Yant

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB January 15th, with Ennis Drake and Joe Hill

» Jeff VanderMeer is touring for new novel Annihilation, February through April in Seattle, Beaverton OR, San Francisco, NYC, LA, and Little Rock — schedule

» Daily Mail: Harry Ritchie reviews James Smythe, Pierce Brown, Simon Ings

» Studio 360 hosts David Brin and Clarie Evans in a show about the influence of SF in the modern world

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Patrick Ness’ The Crane Wife

Blinks: reviews from LA Review of Books, SFGate, Toronto Star; Concatenation

» LA Review of Books: Andrea Hairston on Africa SF; Min Hyoung Song on Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea

» SFGate: Ted Gioia reviews Richard Powers’ Orfeo: “with scientific reality getting stranger with each passing year, Powers shows once again in this new book, one of his finest yet, that he can keep up with the pace”

» Toronto Star: Alex Good reviews Jo Walton, Adam Sternbergh, Jeff VanderMeer, David G. Hartwell

» The Spring issue of Cancatenation is up, with news and book reviews

Blinks: Schwab, Haldeman, KSR, Datlow, Kay, recommended reading…

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Schwab, Powell, Lundberg, Simmons, VanderMeers, and McGugan

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews Haldeman, Walton, and Watts

» The MIT Tech: Kristen Sunter reviews Joe Haldeman’s Work Done for Hire and interviews the author

» NPR: Kim Stanley Robinson looks at Three New Wave Classics by Disch, Russ, and Delany

» The West Australian profiles Kim Stanley Robinson

» NPR’s You Must Read This: Amal El-Mohtar on Naomi Mitchison’s Travel Light

» Papercuts interviews Ellen Datlow

» Tangent Online has posted its 2013 Recommended Reading List; also, a 1976 interview with George R.R. Martin

» Kindle Post: Fleetwood Robbins looks at 2013 SF&F titles by Gaiman, Hartwell & Nielsen Hayden, and Schwab

» Andrew Fox is recovering and has a renewed itch

» Author Event: Guy Gavriel Kay appears at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park CA on January 18th, 7pm

Blinks: Ansible 381; photos from KGB

» David Langford’s Ansible 318

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB December 18th, with Thomas F. Monteleone and Daniel José Older

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