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Earlier 2011 Blinks


Blinks: Grossman on fantasy; reviews of VanderMeer; SF linguistics; Guy Gavriel Kay anniversary

» Time Magazine: Lev Grossman on How Magic Conquered Pop Culture

» Slate’s Mac Rogers reviews Jeff VanderMeer’s ‘Southern Reach’ trilogy: These Amazing Novels Are Like Lost, Except You Won’t Be Enraged When You Finish Them

» New Statesmen reviews VanderMeer: “Intricate, complex and surprising”

» Slate’s DS Bigham: One Planet, One Language: How Realistic Is Science Fiction Linguistics?

» NY Times on dystopian novels: The World Is Ending, and Readers Couldn’t Be Happier

» Chicago Tribune posts columns by Gary K. Wolfe like this one, but you need to subscribe to see them

» Guy Gavriel Kay celebrates 30 years of Fionavar at Bakka Phoenix Books in Toronto, September 19th, 7pm

Blinks: Ansible; Le Guin reviews Mitchell

» David Langford’s Ansible 326

» Guardian: Ursula K. Le Guin reviews David Mitchell

Blinks: reviews of VanderMeer, Joyce, Watts, and others; Scientists’ favorites; Slusser interview; Loncon3 photos; events

» Entertainment Weekly gives VanderMeer’s Acceptance an A-; also (though apparently not online) David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks gets an A and Randall Munroe’s What If? an A

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Graham Joyce’s The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Peter Watts, John Scalzi, Ron Duncan

» Huffington Post: 15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies

» IEET: An Interview with: Professor George Slusser — Eaton science fiction collection’s Curator

» Photos from Loncon3 by Keith Stokes, James Patrick Kelly, and Strangelove

» KGB readings September 17 will be with Mary Robinette Kowal and Leanna Renne Hieber

» New York Review of Science Fiction Readings for September 9 are with Walter Mosley and Paul Di Filippo; in October, Paul Park and James Morrow

» Ellen Datlow has photos from August KGB readings with Veronica Schanoes and Karen Heuler

Blinks: VanderMeer, Pratchett

Blinks: UCR’s Eaton collection; conferences in Warwick and Grand Rapids; Bond on Grossman; Mythic Delirium; Dark Delicacies events

» Nalo Hopkinson expresses concern about the future of University of California, Riverside’s Eaton Science Fiction Collection

» University of Warwick (UK) is hosting a 3-day conference, 21-23 August, the first day about M. John Harrison, the second and third about SF/F Now

» The Center for Future Consciousness in Grand Rapids, MI, is hosting workshop Science Fiction: The Mythology of the Future, 19-21 September

» LA Times: Gwenda Bond reviews Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land: “Maybe, this masterful close suggests, both real and fantasy worlds have space for heroes and magic.”

» Mythic Delirium’s August featured content includes a story by Saira Ali and poems by Landis, Garfinkle, and Lupescu

» Dark Delicacies (in Burbank CA) upcoming events include Joseph Maddrey, Alain Silver, James Ursini, Eric Forsberg, Jon Towlson, and Justin Humphreys

Blinks: Wolfe interviewed, Garner and Harkaway reviewed

» MIT Technology Review interviews Gene Wolfe

» NY Times: Dwight Garner reviews David Shafer’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot — “elements of DeLillo, Pynchon, Dick, Kunzru, Stephenson…”

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman

Blinks: Ansible; reviews of Anderson, Gibson, Grossman

» David Langford’s Ansible 325

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey remembers Poul Anderson’s “A Bicycle Built for Brew”

» Guardian: Ed Cumming remembers William Gibson’s Neuromancer, 30 years old this month

» NY Times Book Review: Edan Lepucki reviews Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land — “the strongest book in Grossman’s series”

Blinks: Reviews: Calvino, Park, Morrow, others

» The Millions: Ted Gioia on Italo Calvino’s Science Fiction Masterpiece Cosmicomics

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Paul Park’s All Those Vanished Engines

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Stephanie Feldman, Joe Abercrombie, Max Gladstone

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews Thomas Sweterlitsch [subscription]

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews James Morrow’s The Madonna and the Starship

Blinks: News and Articles: Dirda, Global Warming, Clarke Colombo home, Steampunk, Omni Art

» John Farrell on Michael Dirda: A Science Fiction Reading List

» The Reality of a Hotter World is Already Here quotes Gordon Van Gelder, among others

» Asia Obscura: Sifting Through Arthur C. Clarke’s DVD Collection in Colombo

» Huffington Post: Paul Di Filippo on 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Steampunk

» The Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC presents a gallery of artwork from Omni Magazine

Blinks: Photos and Events: KGB, Readercon, Joseph-Beth, Borderlands, Forbidden Planet

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB July 16, with Sofia Samatar and Victor LaValle

» Earlier, Ellen Datlow’s photos from Readercon, July 10-13

» And here are James Patrick Kelly’s photos from Readercon

» KGB readings August 20 will be with Karen Heuler and Veronica Schanoes

» Event: Deborah Harkness appears at Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, August 7

» Events: Borderlands events in July and August include Tobias S. Buckell, Joe Abercrombie, Glen Hirshberg, Katherine Kerr, Kelli Stanley, Brent Weeks

» Events: London’s Forbidden Planet in August hosts Brandon Sanderson, Dab Abnett, Nik Vincent, Tom Pollock, Lauren Beukes, Robin Hobb, Peter V Brett, Jeff VanderMeer, Charles Gannon, Jody Lynn Nye, Scott Lynch, Kelley Armstrong, Jo Walton, Mary Robinette Kowal, Toby Frost, Charlaine Harris

Blinks: Clute on The Book of Silverberg

» Los Angeles Review of Books: John Clute reviews The Book of Silverberg

Blinks: Two reviews by Jeff VanderMeer

» LA Times: Jeff VanderMeer reviews Josh Weil’s The Great Glass Sea

» NY Times: Jeff VanderMeer reviews Edan Lepucki’s California

Blinks: Ansible; Dirda on horror and specialty presses; Graedon review; Sawyer on intelligent machines

» David Langford’s Ansible 324

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda on horror and specialty presses

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange

» BBC interviews Robert J. Sawyer about intelligent machines

Blinks: Dirda on Heinlein bio; Jo Walton; Lloyd Alexander; GRRM

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

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