And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this time with yet more Hugo debate, including a completely new facette which has nothing to do with puppies for once.
Speculative fiction in general:
- Steven Saus points out the true reasons behind the topical changes in science fiction and fantasy.
- David Forbes tackles the secret authoritarian history of science fiction.
- Daniel Haight wonders how science fiction authors should deal with tragedy.
- Andrew Liptak shares nine translated science fiction novels.
- Jo Lindsay Walton discusses Marxist science fiction studies.
- Jenn Northington remembers Octavia Butler.
- Brandon Engel remembers Ray Bradbury.
- The Jewish Advocate profiles Harlan Ellison.
- Alyx Dellamonica shares her appreciation of Connie Willis.
- Joshua Glenn discusses radium age science fiction.
- Chad Orzel talks about telling stories of magic in a world of science.
- Teresa Frohock talks about love and sex in SFF.
- Greg Ruth explains why horror is good for you.
- John Reppion takes a look at the mythology behind Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. (Part II and Part II)
- Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones discussed from the POV of geeky black men.
- Alex Bledsoe shares his thoughts on Black Widow as portrayed in the Avengers movies.
- The Book Smugglers compare Jurassic Park to Jurassic World.
- Joseph Baxter explains how an unproduced X-Files script eventually morphed into the Final Destination series.
- The shortlist for the 2015 Sunburst Awards has been announced.
- The longlist for the 2015 Warwick Prize for Writing has been announced.
- The submissions for the 2015 Norma K. Hemming Award are open.
- Nerds of a Feather offers an assessment of the proposals for reforming the Hugo Awards.
- John Scalzi points out why a proposal to kill the best novelette Hugo is a very bad idea.
- N.K. Jemisin sends an open letter to the WSFS about the unintended consequences of eliminating the best novelette Hugo.
- Mari Ness weighs in on the proposal to eliminate the best novelette category.
- Jared Dashoff, one of the people behind the proposal that would eliminate the best novelette category, clarifies his points.
- Jonathan Crowe points out some issues with the proposed best saga Hugo.
- Andrew Hickey is not a fan of the proposal to create a best saga Hugo.
- Eric Flint defends the idea of a best saga Hugo.
- Martin Wisse points out that participating in Worldcon and particularly its politics and rule changes is a privilege.
- Paul Weimer finds some parallels between the current controversy and the fight between the New Wave and the adherents of traditional Campbellian science fiction.
- Martin Wisse points out that a successful boycott of Tor books is not the point for the puppies.
- Natalie Luhrs documents the problematic online behaviour of a Sad Puppy Hugo nominee.
- Spacefaring Kitten believes that the forces of diversity will prevail.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Marina Finlayson talks about writing the second book.
- Debra Purdy Kong discusses her love of short stories.
- Nick Mamatas shares some thoughts on recent short story submissions.
- Damien Walter discusses the density of words.
- Deborah J. Ross talks about writing slowly.
- Mark Coker discusses the value of pre-orders.
- Amy Sterling Casil discusses the importance of proper e-book formatting.
- SB James discusses creating EPUBs with Sigil. Part II is here.
- Zen DiPietro interviews Patricia Briggs and Jennifer Foehner Wells.
- Mark Oshiro interviews David Gerrold.
- Kyra Halland interviews Felicite D. Lilly.
- Elena Linville reviews The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith.
- Floyd Looney reviews Hijacked by Paul J. Fleming.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Extinction Age by Nicholas Sansbury Smith.
- Abigail Nussbaum reviews Jurassic World.
- Paul Levinson reviews Luc Besson's movie Lucy.
- Salt, a graphic novel by Daniel Boyd and Peka, is looking for funding.
- Star Trek: Captain Pike, a 90-minute film chronicling the adventures of Kirk's predecessor as captain of the Enterprise, is looking for backers.
- Jim C. Hines shares his experiences as well as some photos of ApolloCon in Houston, Texas.
- Subversive Reader reports about Continuum 11 in Melbourne, Australia.
- Read Tansy Rayner Roberts' Guest of Honour speech from Continuum 11.
Science and technology:
- The Philae lander has renewed contact with Earth from the surface of the comet it is exploring.
- NASA shares its concepts for future aviation.
- Robot Myon appeared on stage at a Berlin opera house as part of an attempt to teach him how to become more human.
- Will human organs be grown inside pigs in future organ farms?
Free online fiction:
- "Orbital PD: Just Part of the Job" by Floyd Looney.
- "Ether" by Zhang Ran, translated by Carmen Yiling Yan and Ken Liu at Clarkesworld Magazine.
- "The Merger" by Sunil Patel at The Book Smugglers.
- "Slow" by Lia Swope Mitchell at Apex Magazine.
- "The Deepest Rift" by Ruthanna Emrys at Tor.com.
- "Sabotage", chapter 6, and "Revolting Robots", chapter 7 of Lonely Space by Floyd Looney.
- "A Drop of Water", part 57 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
- Chapter 1 of "Descendants... in Space", part 87 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
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