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Earlier 2011 Blinks


Blinks: Ernest Cline’s book tour; Paul Di Filippo on comic fantasy

» Ernest Cline’s signing tour for the paperback edition of Armada runs through April 23rd

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews comic fantasy by Manuel Gonzales and Richard Kadrey

Blinks: Galaktika theft; VanderMeer anthology

Blinks: NYTBR reviews

» NYT Book Review: Scott Bradfield reviews Iain Pears’ Arcadia; Charlie Jane Anders reviews Mark Leyner’s Gone With the Mind

Blinks: Reviews of Oyeyemi, Liu, Sawyer, Tidhar

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Helen Oyeyemi, Ken Liu, Robert J. Sawyer

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming

» NYT Book Review: Daphne Merkine reviews Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming; Laura Van Den Berg reviews Helen Oyeyeymi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Blinks: Ansible; Liu, Steele, Delany, Sawyer, Martin, Butler

Blinks: NYT reviews by Jemisin; profile of Ellison; Edelman’s podcast; events

» NY Times: N.K. Jemisin reviews Corinne Duyvis, Carlos Hernandez, Sofia Samatar, Leena Krohn

» Pasadena Weekly: Close to the Heart profiles Harlan Ellison

» Scott Edelman’s new podcast Eating the Fantastic is now live, with guest Sarah Pinsker

» Ellen Datlow’s Photos from KGB February 17th, with Gemma Files and Carola Dibbell

» SF in SF hosts Daryl Gregory and Hannu Rajamiemi, March 6th

» KGB Fantastic Fiction presents Rio Youers and David Nickle, March 16th

Blinks: NYT on techies and SF; reviews

» NYT: front page article Virtual Reality’s Sci-Fi Trip about how techies look to SF for inspiration

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Hugh Howey, Dexter Palmer, Mo Daviau

Blinks: NYT on Hartwell; Ansible; Reviews; Butler; Schoen

Blinks: Hartwell; Hand on Anders; Optimistic SF; Kij Johnson; Finnish authors; Tricia Sullivan

Blinks: KSR on climate change and colonizing other planets; Ellison; Di Fi on Powers

Blinks: Le Guin on the Bundy Militia; reviews of Anders and others; Strugatskys; Holy Land; Raymond Chandler; Forrest Ackerman

Blinks: Ansible; NYT reviews by N.K. Jemisin; LA Times’ alternatives to Star Wars

» David Langford’s Ansible 342

» NY Times: N.K. Jemisin’s bimonthly SF/F column begins with reviews of China Miéville, Emma Newman, Charlie Jane Anders, Keith Lee Morris

» LA Times: Michael Hiltzik’s Five great sci-fi novels to make you forget ‘Star Wars’ are by Bester, Hoban, Orwell, Vonnegut, and Mitchell

Blinks: Hand on Krohn; LARB essays on SF

» LA Times: Elizabeth Hand reviews Leena Krohn

» LA Review of Books: Toward a New Fantastic: Stop Calling It Science Fiction by Joshua Adam Anderson

Blinks: Reviews, real SF, Star Wars v SF, ’50s SF

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville and anthologies from Jonathan Strahan and Greg Bear

» Washington Post: Best science-fiction and fantasy books, December edition: Nancy Hightower reviews China Miéville, Lawrence M. Schoen, Johanna Sinisalo

» Jeff VanderMeer’s Epic List of Favorite Books Read in 2015

» NPR: No Warp Drives, No Transporters: Science Fiction Authors Get Real, about books by Andy Weir, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Neal Stephenson

» Huffington Post: Brian Clegg: Star Wars vs. Science Fiction

» Cato Institute: David Boaz on Science Fiction Authors Lost in the Myths of the 1950s, responding to the TV production of Childhood’s End

Blinks: Best of Year lists from NYT,, Guardian, Slate

» New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2015 includes N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season and Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

»’s Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2015

» Guardian’s Best Fiction of 2015 includes titles by Terry Pratchett, Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie, Kate Atkinson; Adam Roberts’ Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015 includes titles by Robinson, Leckie, Reynolds, Stephenson, McDonald, Chambers, Liu, and others

» Slate: Laura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2015 includes Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble and Oliver Sacks’ On the Move

Blinks: Locus event; Ansible; reviews; NYRSF readings; Taser

» Locus hosts a Steampunk Tea Party Fundraiser with Gail Carriger, Dec 5th, 10am – noon, at Borderlands Books in San Francisco

» David Langford’s Ansible 341

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe’s Gift guide: Satisfying the sci-fi, fantasy fan

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower’s Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015, by Robinson, Jemisin, Dibbell, Miéville, North

» Guardian: The best recent science fiction and horror — review roundup: Eric Brown on Adam Nevill, Ann Leckie, Dave Hutchinson, David Barnett, William Gay

» Washington Post: Three science fiction and fantasy books we love, November edition, by Emma Newman, Michael Matheson, Christopher Golden

» New York Review of SF Readings host Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, December 8th

» Guardian: one of several posts recently about how how the word ‘Taser’ came from a century-old racist novel– Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle

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”]

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