Speculative fiction in general:
- The participants of the SF Signal Mind Meld talk about subgenres they love.
- Charles Stross attempts to define space opera.
- Charles Stross also talks about the use of the monomyth in space opera.
- Nicola Alter shares some tips for fantasy purists to get into science fiction.
- K.C. Alexander discusses transhumanism in science fiction.
- Sam Weller discusses why Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury became a classic.
- Alwyn Hamilton shares the top ten secondary worlds in YA fiction.
- Emily Foster discusses the problems of being a disabled horror fan, when the horror genre so often uses mental illness as a plot device.
- Helen Lowe talks about fashions in fantasy names.
- Rob Maslen discusses the connection between Irish fantasy writers and the Easter Rising.
- Chris Lough sums up the negative reactions to J.K. Rowling's A History of Magic in North America.
- Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer discusses J.R.R. Tolkien's treatment of horses in The Hobbit.
- Christopher Johnson discusses his issues with Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny.
- Emanuella Grinberg remembers Octavia Butler.
- Steve Palopoli profiles Samuel R. Delany.
- Adam Rowe profiles science fiction artist Chris Foss.
- Tansy Rayner Roberts shares her appreciation for pulp cover artist Margaret Brundage.
- Andrew Liptak discusses the history of the LA Science Fiction Society.
- Jim Knipfel shares his appreciation for the classic 1956 science fiction movie Forbidden Planet.
- Emily Asher Perrin asks the producers of Star Wars not to turn Luke Skywalker into another tragic gay character.
- Kimberly Wadsworth shares the real world filming locations of various dystopian movies.
- Michael R. Underwood explains why the spreading of geek culture is not cultural appropriation.
- Ryan Lambie explains what game theory can teach us about Batman's archenemy, the Joker.
- Gwenda Bond points out that Lois Lane is far more than just Superman's girlfriend.
- Kyle Pinion shares his thoughts on season 2 of Daredevil.
- Actor Ian McShane angers Game of Thrones fans by dropping spoilers and disparaging the show.
- A Special Memorial Issue for David Hartwell of the New York Review of Science Fiction is free to download here.
Tributes to Sir Ken Adam and Sylvia Anderson:
- Sir Ken Adam, creator of supervillain lairs and production designer on the James Bond movies and Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb, has died aged 95.
- William Grimes share an obituary for Ken Adam.
- Cora Buhlert shares her appreciation for the work of Ken Adam.
- Sylvia Anderson, co-creator of the Thunderbirds, has died aged 88.
- James H. Burns shares his appreciation for Sylvia Anderson.
Comments on J.G. Ballard and High-Rise:
- Oliver Wainwright discusses J.G. Ballard's novel High-Rise and the Ben Wheatley's film adaptation in the context of 1970s and 21st century architecture.
- Sam Jordison discusses the detached tone of J.G. Ballard's novels and the moral challenge it presents to the reader.
- Sam Jordison also wonders whether High-Rise is a surreal novel.
- Christopher Fowler discusses the psychotic London that J.G. Ballard describes in High-Rise and his other novels.
- Cora Buhlert comments on J.G. Ballard, High-Rise and the use of Brutalist architecture in science fiction.
Comments on 10 Cloverfield Lane:
- Derek Austin Johnson reviews 10 Cloverfield Lane.
- Justin Lowe reviews 10 Cloverfield Lane.
- Kevin Lincoln explains why 10 Cloverfield Lane could change movie franchises.
- The SFWA has named Sir Terry Pratchett the recipient of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award.
- The finalists for the 2015 Ursa Major Awards have been announced.
- Abigail Nussbaum shares her personal Hugo suggestions for the short fiction categories.
- The Sad Puppies also post their crowdsourced Hugo recommendation list.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Maria Konnikova shares some tips for beating writers' block.
- Nicole Nogi explains why she writes.
- Foz Meadows explains why stories need happiness.
- Kate Lechler talks about how Twitter exacerbated her writer anxiety.
- Clifford Beal talks about writing swordfights in fantasy.
- Jane Friedman shares four lessons for authors about the current state of publishing.
- Natalie Zutter sums up reasons why a manuscript might be rejected.
- Shaun Duke has launched a new series called "Podcasting for authors" at his podcast Shaun's Rambles.
- Harry Bingham talks about spammy titles and subtittles on Amazon.
- David Gaughran discusses how Amazon's latest attempts to stop rampant Kindle Unlimited scamming have managed to target innocent authors instead.
- Stephany Bai interviews Ken Liu.
- Dario Ciriello also interviews Ken Liu.
- Kristin Centorcelli interviews Patricia Briggs.
- Paul Weimer interviews Beth Cato.
- Jill Pantozzi interviews Seanan McGuire.
- Henry Herz interviews Tim Pratt.
- Ilana Teitelbaum interviews Brian Staveley.
- Anthony Vicino interviews Markus Sakey.
- Kevin G. Summers and Jason Anspach interview Jim Johnson.
- Brad Fitzgerald interviews Kay Kenyon.
- Carl Slaughter interviews Pat Murphy.
- Carl Slaughter also interviews William Hertling.
- Carl Slaughter also interviews Jeffe Kennedy.
- Carl Slaughter also interviews Karl Bunker.
- Jordan Calhoun interviews Greg Weisman, creator of the Gargoyles cartoon.
- Adrienne Martini reviews The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.
- Paul di Filippo reviews Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff.
- Paul Weimer reviews The Absconded Ambassador by Michael R. Underwood.
- Amal El-Mohtar reviews The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu.
- Ethan Mills reviews Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.
- Tyran Grillo reviews The Raft by Fred Strydom.
- Aaron Pound reviews Updraft by Fran Wilde.
- Chris Taylor reviews Version Control by Dexter Palmer.
- Kat Hooper also reviews Version Control by Dexter Palmer.
- Brit Mandelo shares his appreciation for The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
- Sam Reader reviews Snakewood by Adrian Selby.
- Robin Brooks reviews The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.
- Matt Mitrovich reviews The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews I Kill in Peace by Hunter Shea.
- Ceridwen Christensen reviews A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar.
- Rachel Cordasco reviews The Best of Spanish Steampunk, edited by James and Marian Womack.
- James Nicoll reviews How To Suppress Women's Writing by Joanna Russ.
- David Neth reviews Let's Get Visible by David Gaughran.
- Derek Austin Johnson reviews the movie Midnight Special.
- Armadillo Run: The Iron Phoenix, a science fiction novel by Andrew Haidinyak, is looking for funding.
- Heidi MacDonald reports that Kickstarter is increasingly crucial to indie comic publishing.
- Ben Anderson reports about Swancon in Perth, Australia.
- Steve Davidson has some suggestions for reforming Worldcon.
Science and technology:
- The New York Times profiles Jeff Bezos' private space company Blue Origins.
- Could vegetables grow on Mars?
- How emotion research is pulling robots out of the uncanny valley.
- Is artificial intelligence being oversold?
- BB-8 of Star Wars fame has visited the NASA jet propulsion lab to meet some fellow robots.
Free online fiction:
- "That Game We Played During The War" by Carrie Vaughn at Tor.com.
- "Your Orisons May Be Recorded" by Laurie Penny at Tor.com.
- "Rat Catcher" by Seanan McGuire in Lightspeed.
- "RedKing" by Craig DeLancey in Lightspeed.
- Chapter 2 of "Day of Recovery", part 93 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
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