Speculative fiction in general:
- Time Magazine shares its top ten novels of 2016, including a handful of speculative ones.
- Tor.com shares seven great SFF binge reads for the holidays.
- Mike Resnick explains what science fiction is and isn't.
- Jason Sanford wonders what will happen if the science fiction worldview becomes universal.
- The participants of this month's Mind Meld share their favourite characters in science fiction and fantasy.
- Jo Zebedee tackles the issue of the missing voices of women in science fiction.
- Sherrilyn and Karen Dunstall, writing together as S.K. Dunstall, explain why they write space opera.
- Jonathan McCalmont offers a history of the New Weird.
- Aaron Miles talks about technology in fantasy.
- Aidan Moher lists ten great science fiction and fantasy authors from the Pacific Northwest.
- Christopher Kastenschmidt offers an introduction to Brazilian science fiction.
- Xie Wenting profiles Hao Jingfang.
- Sarah Gailey takes a look at Harry Potter villainess Dolores Umbridge.
- Juliet E. McKenna shares her appreciation for Tales of Known Space by Larry Niven.
- Dangerous Minds share their appreciation for the work of SFF cover artist Davis Meltzer.
- Damon Smith shares his appreciation for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Alasdair Stuart shares his appreciation for the movie Interstellar.
- Evan Narcisse shares his appreciation for Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil.
- John Olsen shares a two part review of the 1994 movie The Shadow and compares it to the pulp magazines it is based on.
- Brian Gallagher reports that the Star Wars franchise will no longer cater mainly to men.
- Germain Lussier shares great science fiction movies you might have missed in 2016.
- Natalie Zutter reports that Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame will be adapting Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles for the screen.
- Actor Ron Glass, best known for his role as Shepherd Book in Firefly and Serenity, has died aged 71.
Comments on Arrival:
- Heather Rose Jones shares her thoughts on Arrival.
- Ana Grilo compares and contrasts Arrival and the Ted Chiang story it is based on.
Comments on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:
- Tia Shirley Ann calls Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them enjoyable, but flawed.
- Tara Lynne calls Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them a fun frolic with some of that Harry Potter magic.
- Tara Lynne also has some spoilerish information regarding the future of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise.
- Jane Yolen has been named SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master.
- The winner of the 2016 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction has been announced.
- The winner of the 2016 Booknest Fantasy Award has been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Lauren Sapala points out that we are the only ones who are stopping ourselves from being writers.
- John Scalzi shares his thought regarding writers talking about politics.
- Melissa Manlove takes a look at the surprisingly complex priciples of a successful children's picture book.
- Giacomo D'Angelo explains why publishing wide is better.
- Carl Slaughter shares an open letter to Google regarding piracy.
- Paul Weimer reviews Breath of Earth by Beth Cato.
- Paul Weimer also reviews A Little Knowledge by Emma Newman.
- Rob Bedford reviews The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey.
- Adrienne Martini reviews Invasive by Chuck Wendig.
- Tony Lane reviews The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard.
- Melanie Sanderson reviews The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch.
- Thea James reviews Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
- Samira Nadkarni reviews The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.
- Sam Reader reviews Slipping by Lauren Beukes.
- Niall Alexander reviews Normal by Warren Ellis.
- Kate Coe reviews The Sailweaver's Son by Jeff Minerd.
- Angela & Selene review Written in Fire by Marcus Sakey.
- Geoff Matthews reviews Path of Flames by Phil Tucker.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Star Wars: Catalyst by James Luceno.
- Paul Levinson reviews episode 1.9 of Westworld.
- Kate Tuttle interviews Michael Chabon.
- Hank Garner interviews Anne Rice (podcast).
- Haley Larson interviews Emma Newman.
- Carl Slaughter interviews Marshall Ryan Maresca.
- Carl Slaughter interviews Sharon Joss.
- Maurice Broaddus interviews Victor LaValle.
- Joel Cornah interviews Steven Poore.
- Dag Rambraut interviews Andrez Bergen.
- Heather Albano is looking for funding to reissue the first two books in her Keeping Time trilogy and to publish the third.
- Beyond Science Fiction, an artbook by Michael Whelan, is looking for funding.
- The Internet Archive is looking for funding to create a copy of its entire archive in Canada for safety purposes.
- Crystal Huff talks about bias in WorldCon bidding and lingering xenophobia in fandom.
- Steve Vertlieb shares some photos of a Ray Harryhausen tribute at Philcon 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Steve Weintraub shares several photos of the exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Science and technology:
- Astronomers have discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe behind the Milky Way.
- Asteroids are not the only threats to life from space.
- Spinal fluid might cause the eye problems astronauts frequently suffer.
- The future of automated warfare.
Free online fiction:
- "Dragons of Tomorrow" by Kathleen Baldwin at Tor.com.
- "Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land" by Ruthanna Emrys at Tor.com.
- "Seven Cups of Coffee" by A.C. Wise in Clarkesworld.
- "Two Dead Men" by Alex Jeffers in Lightspeed.
- "Exhalation" by Ted Chiang in Lightspeed.
- "The Dancer on the Stairs" by Sarah Tolmie in Strange Horizons.
- "The Beasts Who Fought For Fairyland Until The Very End And Further Still" by Catherynne M. Valente.
- Chapter 3 of Cat's Night Out by T.S. Paul.
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