Speculative fiction in general:
- Thomas Olde Heuvelt shares an outsider's view on American fantastic literature.
- Anne M. Pillsworth and Ruthanna Emrys share their appreciation for The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
- John DeNardo explains why science fiction matters.
- Michael Peck discusses the literature of cyborgs, robots and other automata.
- Tim Colwill shares a not entirely serious justification why all Warhammer 40000 space marines are male.
- Eric Christensen explains why diverse fantasy is better fantasy.
- Monica Valentinelli tries to go beyond "diversity in publishing" as a catchphrase.
- Rafi Letzter claims that all science fiction and fantasy stories are about economics at their heart.
- Abbey Crain profiles Sylvain Neuvel.
- Stuart Ja offers a handy how-to guide to loving something everybody else hates.
- Annalee Newitz declares that The Huntsman: Winter's War is ninety percent terrible and ten percent miscalculated WTF.
- Abigail Nussbaum shares her thoughts on the movie Ex Machina.
- Bob Chipman attempts to locate the secret behind the success of the Marvel movies.
- James H. Burns shares his appreciation for Lee Falk's classic comic strips The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician.
- The finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards have been announced, once again to great controversy.
- File 770 has a round-up of various reactions to this year's Hugo shortlist.
- Barely 12 hours after the shortlist was announced, we already had the first withdrawal, when Thomas A. Mays withdrew his short story "The Commuter" from consideration.
- Mike Glyer also shares the explanations of several Hugo nominees for not withdrawing.
- David Barnett offers a summary of this year's Hugo drama.
- Michael Schaub also offers a summary of this year's Hugo uproar, focussing on one of the more absurd nominees, Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle.
- Abigail Nussbaum shares her thoughts on the Hugo shortlist.
- Joe Sherry shares his thoughts about the Hugo shortlist.
- Aaron Pound shares his thoughts about the Hugo shortlist.
- Chuck Wendig views the ongoing Hugo drama in the context of a larger social problem.
- The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been announced.
- The nominees for the 2016 Kurd Laßwitz Prize have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2016 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2016 Glyph Comics Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2016 Phoenix and Rebel Awards have been announced.
- Ian Sales proposes the Sputnik Award for leftwing/socialist SFF.
- 17 things the Arthur C. Clarke Awards judges said when they thought no one was listening.
- Nina Allan shares her thoughts about the Clarke Awards.
Comments on Captain America: Civil War:
- Kim Newman shares his thoughts on Captain America: Civil War.
- Ben Silverio reviews Captain America: Civil War.
- Ben Child uses Captain America: Civil War as an example to show the parallels westerns and superhero movies.
Comments on Game of Thrones:
- Ron Hogan offers a reviews of episode one of season 6 of Game of Thrones.
- Theresa DeLucci offers a recap of the first episode of Game of Thrones season 6.
- Nicholas Graff also shares his thoughts on the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere.
- Sarah Hughes also shares her thoughts on the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere.
- Andrew Cunningham points out that the Game of Thrones season premiere underscores the show's lack of focus.
- Robert Repino wonders why Westeros is such a fucked up place.
- Jennifer Keishin Armstrong traces the overwhelming success of Game of Thrones.
Comments on Orphan Black:
- Sam Machkovech declares that season 4 makes Orphan Black great again.
- Sam Machkovech also discusses the science fiction inspirations of Orphan Black.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- The participants of the SF Signal Mind Meld share the best writing advice they ever received.
- Monica Valentinelli talks about writing, good stress and bad stress.
- Rudy Rucker talks about getting poked by the muse.
- Ann Leckie talks about omniscient POV and how to use it.
- Victor LaValle discusses the most important thing writing a comic book taught him.
- E.B. Brown explains how having fun on Facebook can have an impact on your marketing.
- Joanna Penn shares some tips for selling more books at Apple.
- John Scalzi tackles the issue of Kindle Unlimited scammers and fixed pots.
- Cambria Hebert posts an open letter to Barnes & Noble regarding their refusal to stock indie books in their stores.
- Lauren Sarner interviews Maggie Stiefvater.
- Rachel Swirsky interviews Effie Seiberg.
- P.K. Tyler interviews Jennifer Foehner Wells.
- Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad interviews Usman T. Malik.
- The Qwillery interviews Sylvain Neuvel.
- Carl Slaughter interviews John Hegenberger.
- Foz Meadows reviews Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen as well as the entire Vorkosigan saga by Lois McMaster Bujold.
- Jonathan Thornton reviews The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu.
- John DeNardo also reviews The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu.
- Andrew Long reviews The Life Engineered by J.F. Dubeau.
- Jason Heller reviews Join by Steve Toutonghi.
- Sam Reader reviews Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
- Niall Alexander reviews Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.
- Paul di Filippo reviews Shooting the Rift by Alex Stewart.
- Gary K. Wolfe reviews The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo.
- Ian Sales reviews Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman.
- Paul Weimer reviews the Thunder Road trilogy by Chadwick Ginther.
- Patrick Moore reviews Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher.
- Derek Newman-Stille reviews Clockwork Canada, edited by Dominik Parisien.
- Haralambi Markov reviews The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez.
- Michael Dirda reviews New Atlantis: A Narrative History of the Scientific Romance by Brian Stableford.
- Natalie Zutter reviews the movie Fear Inc.
- The omnibus print edition of the webcomic Hotblood! by Toril Orlesky is looking for funding.
- The Dark Magazine, a magazine for horror and dark fantasy fiction, is looking for funding.
- Fill Your Heart: Writers on Bowie, an anthology inspired by David Bowie and edited by Tiffany Murray, is looking for funding.
- Moon, the first topographically accurate lunar globe, is looking for funding.
- Judith Tarr needs some supports for herself, her fiction and her horses.
- Susan Defreita shares ten tips for running a successful Patreon campaign.
- Ann Leckie reports about her experiences at Hal-Con in Numazu, Japan.
- James Bacon reports about the Great British Graphic Novel Comic Art Exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in London.
- Sue Granquist reports about the Transworld Halloween & Haunted Attraction Show in St. Louis, Missouri.
Science and technology:
- ESA's Venus Express probe has made some surprising discoveries about the atmosphere of Venus.
- Will it ever by possible to prove the existence of the multiverse?
- If cryonics worked, what would the fall-out be?
Free online fiction:
- "The Artificial Bees" by Simon Guerrier in Uncanny Magazine.
- "Dragon Brides" by Nghi Vo in Lightspeed.
- "Lily, with Clouds" by Theodora Goss in Lightspeed.
- "Le beauté sans vertu" by Genevieve Valentine at Tor.com.
Odds and ends:
- Watch a trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence.
- Watch a trailer for X-Men Apocalypse.
- Watch a trailer for Equals.
- Watch a clip from Doctor Who featuring Peter Capaldi and new companion Pearl Mackie.
- Watch a skit featuring the Hall of Faces from Game of Thrones.
- Watch the intro for the fictional 1980s cartoon Dash Swordslash and the Defenders of Everything, edited together from the intros of actual 1980s cartoons.