Speculative fiction in general:
- Meghan Bell shares 16 great urban fantasy series that are complete.
- Sam Reader shares six science fiction utopias to live in.
- John DeNardo shares some lighter SFF reads to relieve holiday stress.
- Books and Strips shares five must-read Indian fantasy novels.
- Seanan McGuire shares some tips about where to start with portal fantasies.
- Eleanor Arnason talks about women SFF writers and the current state of publishing.
- John Lancaster takes a look at the history of time travel in science fiction.
- JJ shares her appreciation for the Praxis series by Walter Jon Williams.
- Dan Wells shares his appreciation for the Swords series by Fred Saberhagen.
- Dave Hutchinson shares his appreciation for Pavane by Keith Roberts.
- George Anadiotis shares his appreciation for Falling Angel by William Hjortsburg.
- Aaron Reese shares his appreciation for bionic superheroine Misty Knight.
- Norman Spinrad talks about the background of his novel Bug Jack Barron.
- Sarah Gailey shares her appreciation for Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series.
- Germain Lussier is delighted by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
- Anna Wilson traces the surprising connection between medieval mystic Margery Kempe and modern fanfiction.
- Monica Valentinelli explains that women, people of colour, LGBT people, etc... have always been part of SFF, fandom and gaming.
- Austin Habershaw talks about empires and rebellions in fiction and real life.
- Brett White explains why Star Wars and Rogue One matter now more than ever.
- The Geekiary praises the writers of Rogue One for their progressive stance.
- Alex Bledsoe finds three perfect moments in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
- James Whitbrook shares his appreciation for animated recreation of the lost Doctor Who episode Power of the Daleks.
- Leigh Butler shares her appreciation for the 1985 movie adaptation of Red Sonja.
- MeTV shares eight tidbits about the 1960s TV show Time Tunnel.
- Katharine Trendacosta shares a tribute to Robert Vaughn.
Comments on Doctor Strange:
- Dawn Xiana Moon and Michi Trota talk about orientalism, whitewashing and the failure of imagination in Doctor Strange.
Comments on Arrival:
- Andrew Lapin calls Arrival smart and stylish science fiction about language, not laserbeams.
- Peter Suderman declares that Arrival shows there is still room for literary science fiction films in Hollywood.
- Christopher Orr calls Arrival the best film of the year so far.
- Evan Narcisse declares that Arrival is the science fiction film he needed to see.
- Ethan Mills takes a philosophical look at Arrival.
- Karin L. Cross shares a non-spoilerish reviews of Arrival.
- The Sci-Fi Gene shares a non-spoilerish review of Arrival.
- Gary Westfahl shares his thoughts on Arrival.
- PhilRM shares his thoughts on Arrival.
- Beth Elderkin discusses some open questions left behind by Arrival.
- Emily Rome explains how Arrival turned linguistics into a gripping drama.
- Rowan Hooper takes a look at the science behind the alien linguistics of Arrival.
- Natalie Zutter discusses the delicate dynamics of human/alien gift exchanges in Arrival, The Sparrow and The Message.
- Stephanie Merry compares the aliens of Arrival to other filmic aliens.
- Damien Walter shares his appreciation for Ted Chiang, author of the story on which Arrival was based.
- Neda Ulaby profiles Ted Chiang.
- Colson Whitehead has won the 2016 National Book Award for Underground Railroad.
- The finalists of the 1980 Timewarp Project have been announced.
- The final voting round for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards has begun.
- The winners of the 2016 Premios Ignotus have been announced.
- The winners of the Science Fiction Poetry Association's 2016 poetry contest have been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Nancy Jane Moore explains why fiction matters and why writers should continue to write even in difficult times.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch also discusses the importance of fiction, particularly in difficult times.
- Jamie Todd Rubin talks about his writing process.
- Reedsy talks about writing in third person omniscient versus third person limited.
- Oren Ashkenazi shares six common problems with short stories.
- Aderyn Wood talks about the importance of opening lines.
- Sandra Haven talks about series, serials, sequels and spin-offs.
- Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler talk about collaboration.
- Bishop O'Connell explains how he used quantum mechanics to create a magic system.
- Shellie Horst discusses forums for writers.
- Jane Routley interviews Barb Hendee.
- Locus interviews Pat Cadigan.
- Locus also interviews Cat Rambo.
- Mark Yon interviews James Lovegrove.
- David Brookes interviews Lucy Mihajlich.
- Zina Hutton reviews Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews The Burning Light by Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler.
- Michael Patrick Hicks also reviews Necrotech by K.C. Alexander.
- John Bardinelli reviews Extreme Makeover by Dan Wells.
- Faren Miller reviews The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donahue.
- Camestros Felapton reviews Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac.
- Shellie Horst reviews Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner.
- Aaron Pound reviews The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland.
- Sam Reader reviews Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling.
- Paul Levinson reviews episode 7 of Westworld.
- S.L. Huang announces #FictionFightsBack, a project to write and publish stories about resistance for charity and also offers some suggestions how people can help.
- Steven Harper Piziks shares his experience at Youmacon in Detroit, Michigan.
- Rich Johnston reports that comic creators George Perez and Humberto Ramos have announced that they will no longer appear at conventions in states that voted Republican during the US presidential elections, once existing contracts had been fulfilled.
- Natalie Zutter shares a report about a panel at Book Riot Live in New York City.
- Mark L. Blackman reports about a New York Review of Science Fiction Reading in Brooklyn, New York, featuring Kij Johson and Sonya Taaffe.
Science and technology:
- Pluto probably has an ocean of water deep under its surface.
- Life may have emerged on Earth not only once, but several times.
- The world's largest radio telescope has started operating in Southwest China.
- SpaceX wants to put over four thousand satellites in orbit.
Free online fiction:
- "A Pest Most Fiendish" by Caighlan Smith at Tor.com.
- "The Wreck at Goat's Head" by Alexandra Manglis in Strange Horizons.
- "Seasons of Glass and Iron" by Amal El-Mohtar in Uncanny Magazine.
- "Seven Birthdays" by Ken Liu at Tor.com.
- "The Key" by Nnedi Okorafor in Enkare Review.
- Part 1 of "Cat's Night Out" by T.S. Paul.
- "Esther and Magpie: Monster Hunters" by Christy Zinn.
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