Speculative fiction in general:
- John DeNardo shares 150 SFF books to look forward to in 2016.
- 28 authors, including many speculative fiction writers, talk about the books that changed their lives.
- Fran Wilde asks ten SFF authors about their definition of hard versus soft science fiction.
- Mary Robinette Kowal investigates why there aren't any more books by women and non-binary writers in the SFF section in various bookstores.
- Teresa Frohock discusses abandoned children in fiction and reality.
- The participates of the SF Signal Mind Meld discuss which spacecraft they would like to own.
- Charlie Jane Anders takes a look at the rise of the weird western subgenre.
- Heather Rose Jones shares her appreciation for the River of Souls series by Beth Bernobich and its treatment of sexual diversity.
- Liz Bourke discusses the politics of justice, identity and empire in Ann Leckie's Ancillary trilogy.
- Will R. traces the connections between Martin Luther King and science fiction.
- Aliette de Bodard shares her experiences as a woman of colour writing speculative fiction.
- Alyssa Wong also shares her experiences as a woman of colour writing speculative fiction.
- Malon Edwards discusses his experiences as a man of colour writing science fiction.
- Ed Power discusses how to reconcile H.P. Lovecraft's impact on speculative fiction with his repellant personal views.
- Ursula K. Le Guin gets political and comments on the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by militant rightwingers.
- Damien Walter shares his appreciation for Neuromancer by William Gibson.
- Jay Allan shares his appreciation for The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.
- Michael Dirda takes a look at The Self-Propelled Island, a little known Jules Verne novel first published in 1895.
- Michael Dirda also takes a look at J.M. Barrie's other fantasy work.
- Austin Gilkeson argues that Aragorn's claim to the throne in Lord of the Rings is illegitimate.
- Joe Blevins has finally figured out that A Song of Ice and Fire was inspired by the Wars of the Roses.
- Carlie St. George discusses the Mary Sue trope and why it does not have to be a bad thing.
- Mark Dawidziak remembers the many classic SFF TV shows which debuted in 1966.
- Charlie Jane Anders shares ten things that Star Trek got right that have never been copied.
- David M. Perry claims that The Expanse is the best new space opera TV show since Firefly.
- Adam Rowe offers a taxonomy of polar bear drawn sleighs in 1970s fantasy art. Yes, this was a thing.
- Max Gladstone shares his tribute to Alan Rickman.
Tributes to David Bowie:
- Jason Heller traces the connections between David Bowie's music and science fiction.
- Engadget points out that David Bowie fused science fiction and pop culture.
- Cory Casciato remembers the science fiction majesty of David Bowie's Low.
- Brian Merchant points out that David Bowie's death was a science fiction masterpiece in itself.
- Paula Young Lee offers a fan theory to end all fan theories connecting David Bowie, Elvia and Blade Runner.
- Erin Keane reminds us that we should not gloss over the darker side of David Bowie.
Tributes to David G. Hartwell:
- Editor David G. Hartwell died aged 74.
- Tor Books remembers David G. Hartwell, who worked there as an editor for over three decades.
- Tor publisher Tim Doherty remembers David G. Hartwell.
- Locus remembers David G. Hartwell.
- Jason Sanford shares his appreciation for David G. Hartwell.
- Paul Levinson also shares his appreciation for David G. Hartwell.
- Michael Swanwick also shares his appreciation for David G. Hartwell.
Comments on Star Wars and The Force Awakens:
- Mike Chen offers a reappreciation of The Force Awakens, one month after its release.
- Liz Bourke discusses the roles of women in The Force Awakens.
- Emily Asher-Perrin hopes that Rey will not turn out to be a Skywalker.
- Dirk Libbey points out that a deleted scene from The Force Awakens offers some new insight into the character of Maz Kanata.
- Dave Trumbore has more information about the scenes deleted from The Force Awakens.
- Richard Brody explains what the seven Star Wars films reveal about George Lucas.
- Bryan Curtis points out that the derivative nature of The Force Awakens makes him appreciate George Lucas more.
- K.M. McFarland traces some parallels between Star Wars and the French comic series Valerian et Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean Claude Mézieres.
- David Kluft offers a history of Star Wars related lawsuits.
- Michael Boehm discusses the true reason behind the lack of Rey toys.
- Grammarly offers an infographic about Yoda's grammar.
Comments on Agent Carter:
- David Betancourt shares his thoughts on the premiere of season 2 of Agent Carter.
- Charlie Jane Anders shares her thoughts on the season 2 premiere of Agent Carter.
- Chris Lough shares his thoughts on the season 2 premiere of Agent Carter.
- Oliver Sava shares his thoughts on the season 2 premiere of Agent Carter.
- Alex Diedrick wonders whether Peggy Carter is the most important character in the Marvel Universe.
- Poppy Jay Palmer explains how season 2 of Agent Carter ties in to Doctor Strange.
Comments on The X-Files:
- X-Files creator Chris Carter explains why the time is ripe for an X-Files comeback.
- Chris Carter also admits that the second X-Files movie was a mistake.
- Jethro Nededog reveals that the revived X-Files tackles September 11 conspiracy theories among other things.
- Kelly Connolly reports that the revived X-Files will also address the fan theory that Dana Scully is in fact immortal.
- Ken Tucker wanted to believe that The X-Files revival would work, but it didn't.
- The Telegraph points out that The X-Files revival isn't very good.
- Alex McCown thinks that the new X-Files is very much like the original X-Files.
- Lexi Pandell explains how the original X-Files shaped modern television.
- Chuck Bowen rewatched the original X-Files in preparation for the revival.
- Ed Power wonders whether people have forgotten how terrible the original X-Files was towards its end.
Comments on Colony:
- Matt Zoller Seitz calls Colony a work of real science fiction.
- Sage Young claims that Colony's realism makes it even more terrifying.
- Hank Stuever calls Colony yet another dystopian SF drama.
Comments on Legends of Tomorrow:
- Gwen Ihnat believes that Legends of Tomorrow proves that more is less, when it comes to superheroes.
- The nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards have been announced and include several SFF films.
- Germain Lussier and Katherine Trendacosta point out the greatest Oscar snubs of 2016, which also happen to contain a lot of SFF.
- The 2016 Academy Awards also failed to nominate any actors of colour at all, which has caused a lot of controversy and a boycott.
- The winners of the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards have been announced.
- Lee and Low Books have announced the winner of their 2015 New Voices Award.
- The preliminary ballot for the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards has been announced.
- The nominees for the 2016 Edgar Awards have been announced.
- The shortlist for the 2016 Hall of Fame Award of the Libertarian Futurist Society has been announced.
- The nominations for the 2015 Ursa Major Awards are open.
- Steve Davidson explains how to recommend works for an award without creating a slate.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Peter McLean talks about writing modern noir fantasy.
- Jonathan Winn talks about how to survive writing the unspeakable.
- Pippa Jay talks about the challenge of discovery writing.
- Tim Akers shares his approach to plotting and outlining.
- Patty Jansen explains how Scrivener can be useful for discovery writers.
- Matthew de Abaitua shares some tips for writing a loose trilogy.
- Sara Beatty shares some tips for keeping up productivity.
- Jennifer Garam shares some tips for how to keep writing when no one gives a shit.
- Tricia Sullivan talks about worldbuilding.
- Kate Elliott discusses inductive and deductive worldbuilding approaches.
- Charlie Jane Anders shares eleven ways to write a character-driven story that still feels action-packed.
- Elena Linville discusses the evolution of a character.
- Ben Galley talks about his struggles to write believable female characters.
- Alex Bledsoe shares his thoughts on the Clarion workshop, Neil Gaiman and privilege.
- J.Y. Yang talks about her experience at Clarion West and how writers from beyond the US/UK often feel that such workshops will make US/UK editors take them seriously.
- Fran Wilde points out that you don't need to take specific workshops to be a real writer.
- Patty Jansen attempts to answer the question "Should I self-publish?"
- Eric Flint discusses what used book sales mean for authors.
- Brooke Warner shares five things every author needs to know about cover design.
- Cecilia Tan explains what she learned from reading one star reviews.
- Gregory Schmidt profiles Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe and Her Universe Press.
- Simon Bestwick reports about his issues with Spectral Press.
- Steve Paulson interviews Margaret Atwood.
- Katie Waldman interviews Philip Pullman.
- Matt Staggs interviews Tim Akers.
- Nicholas Yanes interviews Jennifer A. Nielsen.
- Kyra Halland interviews Vanessa Kings.
- Nadine Matheson interviews Anthony Vicino.
- Bryan Behrenshausen interviews Cory Doctorow.
- Kelly Anderson reviews The Duellists trilogy by Julia Knight.
- Elena Linville reviews Deep in the Hollow by Brandy Nacole.
- Ana Grilo reviews In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker.
- Emily Nordling reviews The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster.
- Larry Ketchersid reviews Medusa's Web by Tim Powers.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Desolation by Kristopher Rufty.
- Rich Rosell reviews City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett.
- Rachel Acks reviews the movie 400 Days.
- Garth Cremona reviews the movie The Fifth Wave.
- Steve Vernon reviews Zack Snyder's Superman adaptation Man of Steel.
- People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction, a special issue of Lightspeed magazine, is loooking for funding.
- Bradley P. Beaulieu is looking for funding for his short fiction collection In the Stars I'll Find You.
- Polar Boreal, a Canadian speculative fiction magazine, is looking for funding.
- Quantum Warlock, a graphic novel by Scott Schindel, is looking for funding.
- Daniel P. Dern shares photos taken at Arisia in Boston.
- Michael Bailey reports about his experiences at Arisia.
- Leah Schnelbach reports about a literary event featuring authors Daniel José Older and Victor La Valle at the Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.
- Mark L. Blackman reports about the first in the Fantastic Fiction Readings series at the KGB Bar in New York City.
- Watch some videos of the James Tiptree Jr. Symposium at the University of Oregon.
Science and technology:
- The California Institute of Technology has predicted the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system and believes it will be found in the next five years.
- A so-called "assassin supernova" which is brighter than the entire milky way, has been discovered.
- How can we build a city on Mars?
- How should we look for aliens?
- The world's first virtual reality rollercoaster will launch soon at the British amusement park Alton Towers.
- Stephen Hawking has foretold the end of the world once again.
- Fairy tales may be thousands of years old.
Free online fiction:
- "Angel, Monster, Man" by Sam J. Miller in Nightmare Magazine.
- "The Rakshasa of Des Moines" by Shweta Sundararajan in Expanded Horizons.
- "How the God Auzh-Aravik Brought Order to the World Outside the World" by Arkady Martine in Strange Horizons.
- "Thundergod in Therapy" by Effie Seiberg in Galaxy's Edge.
- "The Caretakers" by David Nickle at Tor.com.
- "Small Wars" by Matt Wallace at Tor.com.
- "Counting Mississippis" by Dora Badger in Kaleidotrope.
- "That Lucky Old Sun" by Carrie Cuinn in Apex Magazine.
- "Riding Atlas" by Ferrett Steinmetz in Apex Magazine.
- "Longsleeves" by Mike Allen in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
- "Secondhand Bodies" by J.Y. Yang in Lightspeed.
- "Lotus Face and the Fox" by Nghi Vo in Uncanny Magazine.
- "Godfall" by Sandra M. Odell in GigaNotoSaurus.
- "Sepia Seven" by Floyd Looney.
- Chapter 1 of "Homage", part 92 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
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