Speculative fiction in general:
- Ross Johnson shares five science fiction classics he'd like to see revisited.
- Joe Monti praises humor in fantasy and science fiction.
- Kelly Anderson shares alternate history takes on five real world empires.
- Caitlyn Paxson shares five cool YA SFF novels.
- Kyle Arnold wonders about the state of Philip K. Dick's mental health.
- S.L. Huang talks about manpain and why the trope annoys her.
- Jen Williams explains why dragons are cool.
- Michael Livingston finds some parallels between Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones and Cleopatra.
- Thea James lists some books about unexpected superheroes.
- Germain Lussier reports that Doctor Doom will now become Iron Man as well.
- Evan Narcisse reports that Marvel has killed off another popular character.
- Chuck Wendig shares his thoughts about Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice.
- Katharine Trendacosta explains why the Outlander TV show is so good, even though we already know what happens.
- B. Alan Orange reports why David Yost, who starred in the original Power Rangers TV show in the 1990s, is angry about Bryan Cranston being cast in the reboot.
- Omari Akil explains why playing Pokemon Go! could be lethal for a black man.
- Alex Cranz shares his thoughts about the first episode of season two of Mr. Robot.
- Science fiction, fantasy and romance author Roberta Gellis died aged 89.
Comments on the new Ghostbusters:
- Drew McWeeney declares that Ghostbusters has successfully passed the torch to a new generation.
- Nigel M. Smith declares that Ghostbusters is a blast.
- Germain Lussier says that Ghostbusters isn't perfect, but is so much fun you won't care.
- Hadley Freeman likes but doesn't love the new Ghostbusters.
- David Rooney was not taken in by the new Ghostbusters.
- Germain Lussier also chronicles the long way that led to the new, all-female Ghostbusters.
- Catherine Shoard hopes that the new Ghostbusters will lead to a trend for female buddy movies.
- Nosheen Iqbal profiles Leslie Jones, one of the four new Ghostbusters.
- Walt Hickey explains that the new Ghostbusters is a perfect example for why online ratings are broken.
Comments on Star Trek and Sulu being gay:
- Seth Abramovitch reports that George Takei isn't all that happy with Sulu now being portrayed as a gay man, since that wasn't what Gene Roddenberry had in mind originally.
- Simon Pegg respectfully disagrees with George Takei about gay Sulu and also tackles the question of what is and isn't canon.
- Adam-Troy Castro also disagrees with George Takei about gay Sulu and explains what Sulu being gay does for the story, even if it adds nothing to the plot.
- Peter David, who penned a tie-in novel in which Sulu was portrayed as straight, has no problem with the fact that Sulu will now be portrayed as gay.
- Natalie Haynes explains why Star Trek was subversive and groundbreaking when it premiered fifty years ago.
- John Jackson Miller traces Lucille Ball's connection to Star Trek.
- The nominees for the 2016 World Fantasy Awards have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2016 Emmy Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2016 Seiun Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2016 Prometheus Awards have been announced.
- The shortlist for the 2016 David Gemmell Awards has been announced. Voting for the finalists is here.
- The shortlist for the 2016 Sunburst Awards has been announced.
- The nominees for the 2015 Sidewise Awards have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2016 Scribe Awards have been announced.
- The shortlist for the 2016 Geffen Awards has been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Devlin Blake shares four classic writing techniques that have fallen out of favour.
- Robert Repino explains the "show, don't tell" maxim, using Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell as an example.
- Tanarive Due talks about writing horror.
- Mac Childs talks about timing in horror.
- Juliette Wade talks about using games as a worldbuilding device.
- Adam Rakunas talks about writing women characters as a man.
- Helen Gould talks about her forty year journey to publication.
- David Neth explains why publishing frequently is important for indie authors.
- Max Zsol has compiled the most useful hashtags for writers.
- Cat Rambo explains what the SFWA is doing for writer and that it is not in fact a gelatinous cube.
- Qu Chaonan interviews Hugo nominee Hao Jingfang.
- Nicole Brinkley interviews Kate Elliott.
- Paul Weimer interviews Jen Williams.
- Joel Cunningham interviews Alastair Reynolds.
- Locus interviews Peter Straub.
- E.P. Beaumont interviews Heather Rose Jones.
- Dag Rambraut interviews Matt K. Turner.
- Farid Ul-Haq interviews Joel Furtado.
- File 770 collects links to reviews of various Hugo and Retro Hugo finalists.
- Sam Reader reviews Time Siege by Wesley Chu.
- Nicole Hill reviews The Devourers by Indra Das.
- Bethanne Patrick reviews Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith.
- Sam Adams reviews the movie The Legend of Tarzan.
- Nigel M. Smith reviews the movie The Purge: Election Year.
- Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device, the first novel in a fantasy/horror series by James Aquilone, is looking for funding.
- Mark Teppo is looking for funding for his novel Hidden Palms.
- Tales of Ollundra, an anthology edited by Craig Teal, is looking for funding.
- Sabrina Vourvoulias discusses problems she encountered at Readercon 27 in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Scott Edelman shares photos and podcast interviews from Readercon 27.
- George Morgan also shares some photos of Readercon 27.
- Kal Spriggs shares his experiences at Liberty Con in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Casey Phillips reports about Liberty Con in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- File 770 reports about the Mensa Annual Gathering in San Diego, California, and Wil Wheaton's keynote address.
Science and technology:
- Astronomers have discovered an exo planet with three suns.
- Scientists have discovered the first instance of water clouds outside our solar system.
- The prospects for life on Titan look increasingly good.
- The crew of the ISS has been equipped with a handheld DNA sequencer.
- Space travel is causing visual impairment in some astronauts.
- Five transport technologies that failed to have the expected impact.
- A Philistine cemetery has been discovered in Israel and may shed some light on Biblical mysteries.
Free online fiction:
- "The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles" by Rachael K. Jones in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
- "Fire in the Haze" by Mishell Baker in Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- "El Cantar of the Rising Sun" by Sabrina Vourvoulias in Uncanny Magazine.
- "Once More Into the Abyss" by Dennis Danvers at Tor.com.
- "Unity Undone" by Ren Warom at the B&N Blog.
- "The Business at Hand" by T.S. Paul.
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