Speculative fiction in general:
- Tracy Mumford talks about diversity in science fiction and fantasy.
- Jan Edwards talks about being a woman writing fantasy.
- Freda Warrington also talks about being a woman writing fantasy.
- Zen Cho talks about writing women characters.
- Stephanie Burgis talks about historical fantasy.
- Brian Staveley praises fantasy maps.
- Leo Elijah Cristea talks about mythology in urban fantasy.
- Beth Winegarner chronicles the sad strange legal battles of Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn among others.
- Damien Walter shares a brief history of science fiction space travel.
- Dirk van den Boom shares a history of German science fiction since 1945.
- Andrew Liptak takes a look at the history of fan fiction and its close ties to SFF fandom.
- Jim C. Hines explains why trigger warnings are not censorship.
- Tor.com shares five SFF books with asexual protagonists.
- Christine Jun shares seven science fiction films about the future of sex.
- Michelle Buchman shares her appreciation for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Wesley Morris compares Batman vs. Superman to Deadpool and much prefers the latter.
- Andrew Dyce shares the minority opinion that Zack Snyder finally got Batman right in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
- Ryan Lambie wonders whether audiences are tiring of "gritty realism" in superhero movies.
- Marc Alan Fishman shares an open letter to DC Entertainment.
- Heather Massey points out that the DC TV show Legends of Tomorrow is smarter than it looks.
- Bob Shipman shares early reactions to Captain America: Civil War.
- Sarah Barrett talks about the surprising subtle feminism of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
- Winston Cook Wilson shares his appreciation for Rygel, the puppet sidekick character from Farscape.
- Catrina Dennis talks about Princess Leia and her relationship with the Force.
- Andrew Husband ranks the capes worn by Star Wars villains.
- Gareth Thomas, the British actor best known for playing Blake in Blake's 7, has died aged 71.
Comments on the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer:
- Ani Bundel offers a breakdown of the first Rogue One trailer.
- Rob Keyes offers an analysis of the Rogue One trailer.
- Katharine Trendacosta also offers an analysis of the Rogue One trailer.
- Neil Miller also offers any analysis of the Rogue One trailer.
- Anthony Breznican shares twenty clues and revelations deduced from the Rogue One trailer.
- Margaret Maurer shares ten questions raised by the Rogue One trailer.
- David Sims declares that the trailer makes Rogue One look like a nostalgic thrill ride.
- Byron Burke explains why he believes Rogue One will be better than The Force Awakens.
- Chris Agar explains why Rogue One may be the prequel Star Wars fans always wanted.
- Max Farrow shares some theories about Jyn Erso, the protagonist of Rogue One.
- Jessica Lachenal has a message for male fans who call Rogue One's female lead Jyn Erso a "Mary Sue" without knowing a whole lot about the movie.
- Alisha Grauso wonders what's so bad about being a Mary Sue anyway.
- Cora Buhlert also weighs in on Star Wars and Mary Sues.
- Alyssa Fikse points out that Star Wars doesn't belong to angry fanboys.
- H. Shaw-Williams wonders whether it's really necessary to write long reactions to every stupid anonymous comment on the Internet posted by someone outraged about female or PoC leads in a Star Wars movie.
Comments on the Sleepy Hollow season finale:
- Teresa Wickersham declares that the Sleepy Hollow finale may have saved the world, but also took down the show in flames.
- Nichole Perkins explains why Sleepy Hollow just lost any faith fans had left in it.
- Kelly Connolly interviews Sleepy Hollow showrunner Clifton Campbell about the finale.
- Carly Lane complains about the tendency of various TV shows to kill off female characters.
- Kera Emory also complains about the tendency to fridge female characters in genre TV.
- Corrina Lawson talks about the many character deaths in various genre shows and why they were so problematic.
- The participants of the SF Signal Mind Meld talk about TV character deaths that still have them shaking their heads.
Comments on Hunters:
- Steven Zeitchik says that Hunters is the SyFy Channel's attempt to combine terrorism and geopolitical concerns with a genre show.
- Dennis Perkins thinks Hunters is a dour and heavyhanded terrorism allegory that misses every target.
- Michael Ahr offers a spoiler free review of the series premiere of Hunters.
- The nominees for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2016 Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire have been announced.
- Jerry Pournelle has won the 2016 Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award.
- The winners of the 32nd annual Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest have been announced.
- Nominations for the 2016 Parsec Awards are open.
- Jason Sanford suggests adding a short fiction category to the new Dragon Awards and naming it after the late Eugie Foster.
- Deby Fredericks weighs in on the new Dragon Awards.
- Sean O'Hara also weighs in on the new Dragon Awards.
- Brian K. Lowe also weighs in on the new Dragon Awards.
- There is some uproar regarding a member of the jury for the Bram Stoker Awards of the HWA. However, the situation has been resolved by now.
- MidAmeriCon, the 2016 WorldCon has received a record number of Hugo nominations.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Kameron Hurley talks about the importance of filling the well and cultivating inspiration.
- Jaye Wells explains why writers need an escape hatch.
- Chuck Wendig tells writers to write what they love to escape burnout.
- Patrice Caldwell has some encouraging words for young writers discouraged by their first critique.
- Christopher Shultz has compiled the 22 best quotes about writing.
- Rachel Swirsky talks about first lines and what they should do.
- Nick Clark talks about approaches to worldbuilding.
- Ben Peek also talks about worldbuilding.
- Juliette Wade talks about worldbuilding under the radar.
- M. Harold Page explains what Warhammer 40000 taught him about space opera worldbuilding.
- Fergus Anthony talks about building a character.
- Brian K. Lowe explains why writing is like commuting.
- Nic Humphrey shares some tips for increasing your wordcount.
- R.S. Belcher discuses beta readers.
- Annika Barranti Klein shares six tips for authors doing events.
- Frances Caballo shares an Instagram primer for indie authors.
- Euan Monaghan interviews Ursula K. Le Guin.
- Carl Slaughter interviews Jacey Bedford.
- Carl Slaughter also interviews Jeremy Szal.
- Mieneke van der Salm interviews Susan Jane Bigelow.
- Ardi Alspach interviews Victor LaSalle.
- Tammy Sparks interviews Mishell Baker.
- Leo Elijah Cristea interviews Danielle L. Jensen.
- John DeNardo interviews Lavie Tidhar.
- The Qwillery interviews Holly Jennings.
- Books Go Social interviews Selina Valen Brown.
- Liz Bourke reviews Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.
- Shira Glassman reviews The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones.
- Mieneke van der Salm reviews The Haunting by Alex Bell.
- Nicole Kastronis reviews Graft by Matt Hill.
- Paul Weimer reviews Aphrodite Terra, an anthology editec by Ian Sales.
- David Neth reviews Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
- Blackfish Reviews reviews Battlemage by Stephen Aryan.
- Kim Newman reviews the new movie version of The Jungle Book.
- Untethered, a magic iPhone anthology edited by Janine A. Southard, is looking for funding.
- No Sh!t, There I Was, an anthology of improbable tales, is looking for funding.
- Dreaming Robot Press is looking for funding for its 2016 fantasy releases, A Witch's Kitchen by Dianna Sanchez and The Demon Girl's Song by Susan Jane Bigelow.
- Rosarium Publishing, a publisher of diverse books and comics, is looking for funding.
- Sofawolf Press is looking for funding to translate the Chilean comic series Franko: Fables of the Last Earth by Cristóbal Jofré and Ángel Bernier into English.
- Upstarts, a comic book mini-series by Kenny Groom and Jo Jaro, is looking for funding.
- The C is for Cthulhu Coloring Book by Jason Chiaramella and Greg Murphy is looking for funding.
- Kelly Knox reports about a talk given by Agent Carter costume designer Giovanna Melton at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Washington.
- Matthew Funk shares some cosplay pics from Emerald City Comic Con.
- The first progress report for Worldcon 75, the 2017 Worldcon in Helsinki, Finland, is available.
Science and technology:
- How astronomers are going to find the ninth planet.
- An inflatable space hotel module is being tested aboard the International Space Station.
- Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking want to send a robotic nano-spacecraft to Alpha Centauri.
Free online fiction:
- "Touring with the Alien" by Carolyn Ives Gilman in Clarkesworld.
- "Terminal" by Lavie Tidhar at Tor.com.
- "Backup Man" by Paul di Filippo in Terraform.
- "Marsh Gods" by Ann Leckie in Strange Horizons.
- "The Sweetest Skill" by Tony Pi in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
- "Mr. Wilson's Wild Ride" by T.S. Paul.
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