Speculative fiction in general:
- David Gerard discusses the disconnect between 1970s and 1980s science fiction covers and the actual contents of the books and offers some example.
- Darren Garrett takes a look at the improbable and bold history of space concept art.
- Damien Walter wonders whether transrealism is the first major literary movement of the 21st century.
- Damien Walter also discusses how the Alt-right invaded geek culture.
- Beth Elderkin reports about the surprising intersection between Islam and science fiction.
- T.W. O'Brien shares his appreciation for The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester.
- Alan Brown shares his appreciation for Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.
- Ilana C. Meyer shares her appreciation for The Snow Queen by Patricia McKillip.
- Nisi Shawl talks about writing Everfair.
- Damien Walter shares his appreciation for good tie-in novels.
- Gem Seddon shares the 25 best fantasy movies.
- Robert Repino compares the post-apocalyptic TV movies The Day After from 1983 and The Fire Next Time from 1993.
- Tee Morris shares the history of SFF fiction podcasts.
Comments on Star Trek's 50th Anniversary:
- Andrew Liptak looks back on Star Trek's first half century.
- Mary Anne Mohanraj explains why Star Trek matters.
- Katharine Trendacosta discusses her love for Star Trek.
- Emily Asher-Perrin takes a look at Star Trek's commitment to diversity as well as its blindspots.
- Leah Schnelbach takes a look at the philosophy of Star Trek.
- Victoria McNally recounts how Star Trek's female fans created fandom as we know it.
- Chris Lough, Emily Asher-Perrin and Ryan Britt share 50 years of people drinking coffee and occasionally tea on Star Trek.
- Tom Hunter announces that the Arthur C. Clarke Award will now also embrace self-published works.
- Cora Buhlert explains why we celebrate that so many women and writers of colour won Hugos this year.
- The winner of the 2016 Eugie Foster Memorial Award has been announced.
- The winners of the 2016 Dragon Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2016 Parsec Awards have been announced.
Comments on Arrival:
- David Rooney calls Arrival a smart and intelligent science fiction film and a refreshing departure from the usual alien contact film.
- Owen Gleiberman declares that Arrival has an eerie poetic grandeur, but falls a bit short at the end.
- Robbie Collin calls Arrival science fiction at its most beautiful and provocative.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Arrival a heartfelt alien contact movie that communicates spectacular ideas.
- Alonso Duralde calls Arrival a movie which wants to appeal to both the head and the heart, but remains a bit chilly.
- Jessica Kiang calls Arrival a great, gravity-defying science fiction film.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Damien Walter explains why storytelling is the most important skill of the 21st century.
- Damien Walter explains how to write better science fiction stories.
- Katherine Langrish shares some thoughts on writing meaningful fantasy.
- Seth Skorkowsky talks about mixing different genres and story styles.
- C.M. Subasic shares her ten books every writer should read.
- Alex Bledsoe talks about using modern folklore as inspiration.
- Joseph Malik shares everything you ever wanted to know about prologues.
- Cheryl Klein shares six novel writing tips.
- How long it took 30 writers to finish their famous novels.
- Kay Kenyon interviews L.E. Modesitt.
- Liz Bourke interviews Foz Meadows.
- Vann R. Newkirk II interviews N.K. Jemisin.
- Joel Cunningham interviews Martha Wells.
- Ana Grilo reviews Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal.
- Laura M. Hughes reviews Yseult by Ruth Nestvold.
- Lady Business reviews Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott.
- Mahvesh Murad reviews The Graces by Laure Eve.
- Mark Yon reviews Warp by Lev Grossman.
- Mark Yon also reviews Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu.
- Kelly Anderson also reviews Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu.
- Paul Weimer reviews Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell.
- Andrew K. Lawston reviews Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell.
- Andrea Johnson reviews Last Night at the Blue Alice by Mehitobel Wilson.
- The Qwillery reviews Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black.
- Jana Nyman reviews Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle.
- Jeff Somers reviews The Boys of Summer by Richard Cox.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Out by Natsuo Kirino.
- David Neth reviews For Love or Money by Susan Kaye Quinn.
- Eric Brown offer a review round-up of recent SFF novels.
- The Sister Paradox by Jack Campbell and Post by Brenda Cooper, two SFF coming of age novels, are looking for funding.
- The 2017 Young Explorer's Guide, an anthology of middle grade SFF, is looking for funding.
- Oh, the Places You'll Boldly Go, a Star Trek parody picture book by David Gerrold and Ty Templeton, is looking for funding.
- Read for Pixels 2016 is raising funds to stop violence against women and several authors offer goodies.
- Monica Valentinelli shares her experiences at MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 WorldCon, in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Ivery Kirk shares her experiences at MidAmeriCon II.
- R.L. Martinez shares her experiences at MidAmeriCon II.
- John Hertz shares his experiences at MidAmeriCon II.
- Jake Casella offers summaries of some panels at MidAmeriCon II.
- Steve Davidson offers a WorldCon postmortem.
- Monica Valentinelli also shares her experiences at Geek Kon in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Kaitlyn Ross and Kristen Reed report about two cosplayers gettings expelled from DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia, over an offensive costume. They also share many photos of non-offensive costumes.
- Lauren Foreman reports that the police are investigating an alleged sexual assault at DragonCon.
- Jukka Halme, chairman of WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland, clarifies some questions regarding hotels.
Science and technology:
- A planetary collision more than four billion years ago may have brought carbon and other vital elements to Earth.
- The probe Philae has been found wedged into a crack of the comet it landed on.
- Scientists have created a robotic harvester to combat the excessive invasion of lionfish in the Atlantic.
- A bizarre ant colony has been discovered in a nuclear bunker in Poland.
Free online fiction:
- "Strange Dancemates" by Ephiny Gale in GigaNotoSaurus.
- "Power Couple or Love Never Sleeps" by Charlie Jane Anders in Lightspeed.
- "See the Unseeable, Know the Unknowable" by Maria Dahvana Headley in Lightspeed.
- "My Body, Herself" by Carmen Maria Machado in Uncanny Magazine.
- "Not a Miracle But a Marvel" by Tim Pratt in Uncanny Magazine.
- "The High Lonesome Frontier" by Rebecca Campbell at Tor.com.
- "The Nalendar" by Ann Leckie in Uncanny Magazine.
Odds and ends:
- Check out this never before seen vintage Disney concept art.
- Take a look at some photos of abandoned futuristic World Fair architecture.
- Watch a trailer for Operation Avalanche.
- Watch a trailer for Ouija - Origin of Evil.
- Why you shouldn't inflate a 13 foot tall Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in your living room.