Speculative fiction in general:
- The participants of this month's Mind Meld discuss whether they prefer near or far future science fiction.
- Brian Knack offers an overview of twenty science fiction subgenres and their most notable works and authors.
- Gail Z. Martin reports about #HoldOnToTheLight, a project where SFF authors blog about depression, suicide and PTSD, and links to many of the posts.
- Drew Hayden Taylor explains why indigenous science fiction is important.
- Jen Williams shares her favourite fictional rogues.
- Sarah Gailey explains why witches are so popular in speculative fiction.
- Rosemary Benton shares her appreciation for Catseye by Andre Norton.
- Gideon Marcus shares his appreciation for Dark Universe by Daniel F. Galouye.
- Alan Brown shares his appreciation for Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper.
- Hampus Eckerman that the Swedish science fiction opera Aniara by Karl-Birger Blomdahl, based on the eponymous epic poem by Harry Martinson, will be filmed.
- Justin McCurry takes a look at the box office topping Japanese anime film Your Name.
- Angelica Jade Bastién discusses the racist and sexist backlash facing particularly women of colour in fandom.
- Wendy Ross Kaufman discusses the differences between costuming and cosplay and why the latter term is offensive to some.
- Editor and fan Kate Yule, wife of writer David D. Levine, died of cancer aged 55.
- Reviewer and critic D. Douglas Frantz died aged 64.
Comments on Luke Cage:
- Evan Narcise declares that Luke Cage is the unapologetically black superhero show people have been waiting for.
- Evan Narcise also shares seven things he loved about Luke Cage and two things he didn't.
- Abigail Nussbaum claims that real world issues play second fiddle to a standard superhero origin story in Luke Cage.
- Monique Jones discusses how black America is reflected through the lens of Luke Cage.
- Cheryl Lynn Eaton, David Brothers, Jamie Broadmax and Evan Narcise discuss how Luke Cage uses blackness.
- Charles Pulliam-Moore and Tahirah Hairston wonder whether Luke Cage is really the black superhero many have been waiting for.
- Claire Light argues that Luke Cage is the most feminist show on TV.
- Debbie Encalada reports that some people feel the relative lack of white characters in Luke Cage is racist.
- Adam Fitch reports that Quentin Tarantino doesn't like the Luke Cage series, because he once wanted to make a Luke Cage film as a 1970s set period piece.
Comments on Westworld:
- Tim Dowling claims that the new Westworld is a seamles marriage of robotic cowboys and corporate dystopia.
- Richard Lawson calls the new Westworld a strange and troubling wonder.
- Paul MacInnes offers a recap of the first episode of the new Westworld.
- Theresa DeLucci also shares her thoughts on the first episode of the new Westworld.
- Joanna Robinson wonders whether the new Westworld can follow up on a promising beginning.
- James Hibberd reports about a debate surrounding rape scenes in the new Westworld.
- Nick Statt discusses how the new Westworld addresses videogame violence.
- Tim Grierson attempts to explain why the original Westworld was important.
- Watch the first episode of the new Westworld online for free.
Comments on Godzilla: Resurgence:
- Anna Fifield looks at the political implications of Godzilla: Resurgence.
- Mike Toole shares his thoughts on Shin Godzilla a.k.a. Godzilla: Resurgence.
Comments and suggestions for the Best Series Hugo:
- Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland, has announced that they will run a special "Best series" Hugo Award.
- Posters at File 770 are compiling a list of eligible series here.
- Tor.com posters are also suggesting their favourite series.
- Sharon Lee shares her thoughts on the Best Series Hugo.
- John Scalzi also shares his thoughts on the Best Series Hugo.
- Sami Sundell also shares his thoughts about the Best Series Hugo.
- The winners of the 2015 Cóyotl Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2016 Coppy Cylinder Awards have been announced.
- Gregory Benford has won the 2016 Forrest J. Ackerman Award for Service to Science Fiction.
- The film adaptation of Dan Wells' novel I Am Not a Serial Killer has won the Silver Méliès Award at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Oren Ashkenazi discusses six ways flight changes a fantasy setting.
- Fran Wilde and Cindy Pon talk about worldbuilding.
- R.A. MacAvoy talks about the major importance of minor characters.
- Alex Bledsoe discusses his favourite characters and why they are his favourites.
- Alexandra Engellmann shares five steps to break out of a writing slump.
- David B. Coe a.k.a. D.B. Jackson shares his interpretation of the "Write what you know" mantra.
- Matthew Drzymala shares his approach to writing comedy.
- Susan Boulton explains what inspired her novel Hand of Glory.
- Brian J.W. Lee shares five things that improve your writing space.
- Bobby Treat shares some workflows for Scrivener users.
- Diana Deverell explains how she increased her Kobo sales.
- Kevin Wei interviews N.K. Jemisin.
- Tobias Carroll interviews Laurie Penny.
- Heather Massey interviews Anne Renwick.
- Dag Rambraut interviews Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
- Kay Kenyon interviews Louise Marley.
- David Kempf interviews Lisa Morton.
- Carl Slaughter interviews Michael Cassutt.
- Adam Ganong interviews Anthony Ryan.
- Ceridwen Christensen reviews Cloudbound by Fran Wilde.
- Tadiana Jones reviews Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep.
- Mieneke van der Salm reviews The Apothecary's Curse by Barbara Barnett.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Corpse Rider by Tim Curran.
- Sam Reader reviews The Rise of Io by Wesley Chu.
- Meghan Bell reviews Feedback by Mira Grant.
- Rich Rosell reviews Into the Guns by William C. Dietz.
- nerds of a feather review The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley.
- Joshua Holland reviews Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek by Manu Saadia.
- Strange California, a speculative fiction anthology edited by J. Daniel Batt and Jaym Gates, is looking for funding.
- Catalysts, Explorers and Secret Keepers: Women of SF, an anthology organised by the Museum of Science Fiction, is looking for funding.
- The Waukegan Public Library is looking for funding to erect a statue in honour of Ray Bradbury.
- Lesley Goldberg reports how much money stars make at for-profit conventions.
- John King Tarpinian reports about the Pasadena Book, Print, Photo and Paper Fair in Pasadena, California.
- Watch a video of Ted White's guest of honour speech at PulpFest 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
Science and technology:
- Space X and its plan to colonise Mars.
- Parcel delivery robots are currently being tested in Germany and Switzerland.
- The Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded to the creators of tiny molecular machines.
Free online fiction:
- "The Three Lives of Sonata James" by Lettie Prell at Tor.com.
- "That Particular Savagery" by Matthew Lyons in Daily Science Fiction.
- "Hyrmnal" by Jonathan Laidlow in Daily Science Fiction.
- "Blanchefleur" by Theodora Goss.
- "Good things, small packages" by T.S. Paul.
Odds and ends:
- Watch a trailer for The Space Between Us.
- Watch a trailer for Ghost in the Shell.
- Watch a trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.