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Earlier 2011 Blinks


Blinks: reviews, summer reading, Thomas Olde Heuvelt

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ada Palmer, Eleanor Arnason, Frances Hardinge

» Today’s Science Friday recommends Best Science Fiction Books for Your Summer Reading List with Annalee Newitz and Anne VanderMeer

» Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s summer book tour for HEX begins June 24 in Orlando

Blinks: Events in SF and NYC

Upcoming Events

» June 12, San Francisco: SF in SF hosts Rudy Rucker and Michael Blumlein; July 17: Richard Kadrey and Thomas Olde Heuvelt

» June 15, New York City: Fantastic Fiction at KGB hosts Marc Laidlaw and Daniel Braum

» July, San Francisco: Borderlands Books hosts Sarah Kuhn, Charles Stross, Daniel O’Malley

Blinks: Reviews, Ansible, Journal of SF, Trekonomics, Apex Book

» New York Times: Janet Maslin reviews Stephen King’s End of Watch

» NYT Book Review: Terrence Rafferty reviews horror books by Oates, Straub, Evenson, de Kretser, Hurley, LaValle, Tremblay

» David Langford’s Ansible 347

» Museum of Science Fiction: second issue of Journal of Science Fiction

» The Economist: Time-travel from H.G. Wells to “Version Control” discusses Dexter Palmer’s recent novel

» Salon: Is a “Star Trek” future possible? interviews the author of Trekonomics

» LA Review of Books: Pepe Rojo reviews The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 4

Blinks: Novik reviews Scarlett Thomas

» NYT Book Review: Naomi Novik reviews The Seed Collectors, by Scarlett Thomas

Blinks: Cassandra Clare, Elizabeth Hand, Michael Berry reviews

Blinks: reviews of Hill, Means, Hand, Wells, Bear, Hairston, Aiken

» New York Times: N.K. Jemisin reviews Martha Wells, Greg Bear, Joe Hill, Andrea Hairston

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Joe Hill, Joan Aiken, David Means

» Washington Post: Oline H. Cogdill reviews Elizabeth Hand’s Hard Light

» B&N: Mark Athitakis reviews David Means’ Hystopia

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

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