Speculative fiction in general:
- Barnes & Noble reviewers share the best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2016.
- Amazon also shares its best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2016.
- Annalee Newitz shares science fiction and fantasy novels to help you make it through the winter.
- Sam Reader shares five alternate histories featuring real natural disasters.
- Jeremy Szal shares five slavic SFF novels to read.
- Damien Walter finds some parallels between today's political situation and Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle.
- Miranda Katz finds some parallels between today's world and the dystopian TV show Black Mirror.
- Ian Douglas shares a brief history of big dumb objects in science fiction.
- Mansoor Mihaiwala shares eight SF spaceships faster than the Millennium Falcon and seven that come close.
- Michael Ward talks about C.S. Lewis and planetary symbolism.
- Roger Luckhurst discusses the horror of the headless horseman.
- Tom Hunter talks about women in science fiction publishing.
- Gwen Ansell profiles Nnedi Okorafor.
- Anna North profiles Chuck Tingle.
- Rosalind Moran talks about the appeal of the broody male protagonist and why this character can be highly problematic.
- Alyssa Wong explains how fictional villains saved her life.
- The Future Fire is hosting a roundtable discussion about polyamory in SFF.
- Cheryl Eddy shares the fifteen most dysfunctional families in SFF films.
- Edward Cambro shares the twenty best characters in Star Trek history.
- Emily Asher-Perrin lists all the people who created the Death Star at some point in Star Wars canon.
- Lorelei Marcus shares her appreciation for Mothra.
- Carl Slaughter declares that Rick Deckard from Blade Runner is overrated.
- James Whitbrook shares some background on the movie Valérian and the City of the Thousand Planets and the comic it's based upon.
- Alasdair Stuart points out the problems with season 7 of The Walking Dead.
- Peter Bradshaw even wonders whether The Walking Dead supported the election of Donald Trump.
- Glen Weldon explains why we should abandon the term "graphic novel".
- Maddy Myers discusses the connection between the uglier corners of the internet and the election of Donald Trump.
- James McConnaughy wonders why there are so many actual fascists in Warhammer 40000 fandom.
- French SFF writer André Ruellan and Italian SFF writer Massimo Mongai have died.
- Visual effects specialist Ron Thornton, who worked on many SFF TV shows, has died age 59.
Comments on Arrival:
- Sam Adams calls Arrival the smartest science fiction film in years.
- Abigail Nussbaum shares her thoughts on Arrival and compares it to the Ted Chiang story it is based on.
- Ethan Mills reviews the collection Stories of You Life and Others by Ted Chiang, which includes the story Arrival is based on.
Comments on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
- Nicholas Barber declares that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is full of fantastic setpieces, but fails to gel.
- Emily Asher-Perrin declares that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a lot of fun, but leaves many unanswered questions.
- Germain Lussier traces the connections between Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Harry Potter.
- Steven Harper Piziks was not thrilled with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
- Katharine Trendacosta explains why Newt Scamander is the biggest idiot in Harry Potter history.
- Natalie Haynes traces the myths and folktales behind the Harry Potter universe.
Comments on Moana:
- Germain Lussier calls Moana damn near perfect.
- Arianna Davis declares that with Moana, Disney has finally given the world a diverse, feminist story.
- Tim Greiving profiles Opetaia Foa'i and Lin Manuel Miranda, who created the soundtrack for Moana.
- The winners of the 2016 Endeavour Awards have been announced.
- The recipient of the 2016 Rod Serling Award has been announced.
- The Sad Puppies are still sad.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Ada Hoffmann talks about hope and the importance of art in troubled times.
- Jeff Tanyard shares three elements of a good hero.
- Damien Walter talks about writing as practice and writing as a profession.
- Cat Rambo talks about revising your fiction.
- Thomas Diehl shares some self-editing tips for bilinguals.
- Matthew Drzymala shares some tips for getting your book into Waterstone's.
- BookBub editor Hannah Reynolds talks about their selection process.
- Gemma Beynon interviews Aliette de Bodard.
- Rob Bricken interviews Anne Rice.
- Niall Alexander interviews Anna Smaill.
- The Qwillery interviews Jamie Wyman.
- Juliana Spink Mills interviews Stephen Palmer.
- Ed Grabianowski interviews Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner.
- Carl Slaughter interviews Randall Ritnour and Steve Rzasa.
- Melanie Sanderson reviews Forevermore by Kristen Callihan.
- Charles Payseur reviews A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson.
- Eric Christensen reviews Conspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen.
- Vance Kotrla reviews Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman.
- Rob Bedford reviews The Venusian Gambit by Michael J. Martinez.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews The Forever Endeavour by Chuck Wendig.
- Camestros Felapton reviews Night Without Stars by Peter J. Hamilton.
- T.O. Munroe reviews Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft.
- Sam Reader reviews The Motion of Puppet by Keith Donahue.
- Mark Chitty reviews Now We Are Ten, edited by Ian Whates.
- Fanfic: The Documentary by filmmaker Alice Huzar is looking for funding.
- Jim C. Hines has organised a fundraiser auction and raffle to benefit Transgender Michigan.
- Tanya Tynjala shares several photos of Eurocon 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Part 2)
- Ian Sales shares his experiences at Icecon 2016 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
- Mark L. Blackman reports about the latest installment of the Fantastic Fiction Reading Series at the KGB Bar in New York City, featuring John Langan and Matthew Kressel.
- Trae Dorn reports about some problems with Rewind Con in Chicago, Illinois.
- Mike Glyer reports that Crystal Huff has resigned as chair of Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.
- John Hertz reports about the dedication ceremony for Forrest J. Ackermann Square in Los Angeles, California.
Science and technology:
- Astronaut Peggy Whitson is about to become the first female commander of the International Space Station.
- A dual impact in Myamar brings the problem of space debris into focus.
- The roundest known object in space has been identified.
- NASA has discovered a huge frozen lake under the surface of Mars.
- How do we colonise Jupiter's moons?
- Apollo software engineer Margaret Hamilton has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Free online fiction:
- "I've Come to Marry the Princess" by Helena Bell in Lightspeed.
- "For Solo Cello, op. 12" by Mary Robinette Kowal in Lightspeed.
- "The Banshee Behind Beamon's Bakery" by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali in Diabolical Plots.
- "Screamers" by Tochi Onyebuchi in Omenana.
- "A Diet of Worms" by Valerie Valdes in Nightmare Magazine.
- "Box 27" by Kevin Lauderdale in Nature.
- Chapter 2 of "Cat's Night Out" by T.S. Paul.
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