Speculative fiction in general:
- Elizabeth Bonesteel talks about the future of war, peace and military science fiction.
- David Weber shares five authors with magical worldbuilding skills.
- Tor.com shares nine recent SFF books featuring sisters.
- The Fantasy Book Café shares the most anticipated science fiction and fantasy books of 2017.
- Jeff Somers shares 21 science fiction and fantasy debuts for 2017.
- Everdeen Mason shares the best science fiction and fantasy books for January.
- Swapna Krishna shares ten upcoming books by Indian authors, including several SFF titles.
- Claudie Arseneault talks about how asexuality is often associated with death in speculative fiction.
- Sam Reader shares seven SFF books about the pros and cons of immortality.
- Nisi Shawl discusses the 19th century story "The Goophered Grapevine" by Charles W. Chesnutt, an early work of black science fiction.
- Joshua Rothman profiles Ted Chiang.
- Britt Peterson profiles Catherine Asaro.
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books share their appreciation for Ursula K. Le Guin.
- Nina Renata Aron shares her appreciation for The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
- Jeff Somers shares ten things you might not know about Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? by Philip K. Dick and its film version Blade Runner.
- Ed Howker looks back on the 1976 film adaptation of Logan's Run and wonders whether it illustrates the current generation gap.
- Frank Swain wonders if we are living in the future of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Running Man.
- Michael Moorcock reports how Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of 2001 - A Space Odyssey upset Arthur C. Clarke.
- Jim Knipfel looks back at Fritz Lang's classic science fiction movie Metropolis ninety years after its premiere.
- Leah Schnelbach remembers the anime movie Princess Mononoke on its 20th anniversary.
- Rachel deSantis shares the most anticipated movies of 2017, which includes plenty of science fiction, fantasy, superhero and horror movies.
- Josh O'Connor reports that the sexism of mainstream superhero comics is here to stay.
- Katharine Trendacosta calls the movie Monster Trucks a disaster, but fun to watch when drunk.
- Evan Narcisse declares that the streaming video show Travelers features the most ethically messed up time travel he has ever seen.
- The Geekiary declares that the streaming video show The OA is the strangest thing they ever watched.
- Gary Levin reports that the upcoming sitcom The Santa Clarita Diet is actually a zombie show.
- Natalie Zutter reminds us that outgoing US president Barack Obama was also a champion of science and science fiction.
- Mike Glyer reports that the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts will be built in Los Angeles.
- Peter Weston, fanzine publisher, convention organiser and manufacturer of the Hugo rockets, has died aged 72.
Comments on Rogue One and Star Wars in general:
- Sam Adams declares that Rogue One is Star Wars, for better or for worse.
- Germain Lussier reports that Rogue One's ending was an epic balancing act.
- Caroline Siede has found a problem with the timeline of the Star Wars movies.
- Caroline Siede also reports why actor Diego Luna using his Mexican accent when playing Captain Cassian Andor in Rogue One is so important.
- Germain Lussier reports why the iconic shot of Jyn Erso turning around in the tunnel from the first Rogue One trailer was not in the finished movie.
- Cole Delbyck reports about considerations of the Star Wars movies will progress after the sudden death of Carrie Fisher.
- The BBC reports that Carrie Fisher's ashes were buried next to her mother Debbie Reynolds.
Comments on Hidden Figures:
- Annalee Newitz calls Hidden Figures the perfect space race movie.
- Evan Narcisse explains how Hidden Figures surprised him.
- Lenika Cruz declares that unlike other bio pics about brilliant scientists and mathematicians, Hidden Figures is not all about ego.
- Renay Williams calls Hidden Figures a long overdue correction of the erasure of black women from the space race.
- Rebecca Ford report that Hidden Figures does very well at the box office, once it got a wide release.
Comments on Emerald City:
- Neil Genzlinger calls Emerald City a grimdark take on The Wizard of Oz.
- Hank Stuever declares that the Oz of Emerald City apparently wants to be the next Westeros.
- Katharine Trendacosta declares that Emerald City is so shallow it almost appears deep.
Comments on Underworld: Blood Wars:
- Evan Narcisse discusses the goofy darkness of the Underworld movies.
- Tom Chapman declares that Underworld: Blood Wars sucks the life out of the franchise for good.
- James Hunt declares that Underworld: Blood Wars has its share of problems, but is also a whole lot of fun.
- Owen Gleiberman shares his thoughts on Underworld: Blood Wars.
- The nominations for the 2017 Hugo Awards are open.
- Nominations for the 2017 WSFA Small Press Awards are open.
- The longlist for the 2016 BSFA Awards has been announced.
- The winners of the 2016 Best of r/Fantasy Stabby Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2017 Golden Globes have been announced, though most SFF related nominees were snubbed.
- Mike Glyer reports that with awards season gearing up, both the Sad and Rabid Puppies have returned as well.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Cat Rambo talks about inspiration, where to find it and how to cultivate it.
- Cat Rambo also shares some tips regarding daily rituals and protecting your writing time.
- John Scalzi shares a ten point plan for getting creative work done in the age of Trump.
- David Kadavy explains how he quadrupled his creative productivity in 2016.
- T.W. O'Brien discusses the writing methods and instruments of various SFF authors.
- Laura Anne Gilman discusses the one book that piqued her creative fury.
- Carrie Vaughn talks about writing Martians Abroad.
- Nalo Hopkinson shares some advice for anthology editors.
- Julie Ann Dawson shares the top five reasons a story is rejected.
- Joynell Schultz talks about the quest to find 1000 true fans.
- Paul Weimer interviews Ken Liu.
- Locus interviews Mary Robinette Kowal.
- Locus interviews Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
- Joel Cunningham interviews Foz Meadows and Keith Yatsuhashi.
- Marion Deeds reviews Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes.
- Ardi Alspach reviews The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.
- Caitlyn Paxson also reviews The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.
- Gary K. Wolfe reviews Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor, The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell and Passing Strange by Ellen Klages.
- Rob Bedford reviews Guns of Empire by Django Wexler.
- Rob Bedford also reviews The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams.
- Liz Bourke reviews The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman.
- Shana DuBois also reviews The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman.
- George Anadiotis reviews Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters by John Langan.
- Thea James reviews Death's End by Liu Cixin.
- Ana Grilo reviews The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
- Zen DiPietro reviews Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy by Steven Campbell.
- Risingshadow reviews You Don't Belong Here by Tim Major.
- Risingshadow also reviews Reimar Breaking by Jonathan Rivalland.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Trackers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith.
- Mark Yon reviews Empire Games by Charles Stross.
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books reviews Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. Le Guin.
- Aaron Pound reviews Volume 6 of Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.
- Germain Lussier reviews the movie Raw.
- Timothy the Talking Cat reviews the movie La La Land.
- Catherine Clifford reports that the board game Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 has become one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever, raising more than ten million US-dollar.
- Tara Lynne reports that Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia, is planning to cut the Tolkien and Whedonverse fan tracks.
- Mike Glyer reports that Sci-Fi Fest LA had to go on hiatus because of actors union rule changes.
- Nick Izumi reports about a harrassment incident at Evercon in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Science and technology:
- Sagittarius A, the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, could be spewing out planet-sized gas balls.
- The UK military is planning to build a prototype laser weapon.
- The big takeaway from this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Free online fiction:
- "Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story" by S.B. Divya at Tor.com.
- "The Dark Birds" by Ursula Vernon in Apex Magazine.
- "Next Station, Shibuya" by Iori Kusano in Apex Magazine.
- "Rates of Change" by James S.A. Corey in Lightspeed.
- "Seven Salt Tears" by Kat Howard in Lightspeed.
- "Shiplight" by Benjamin C. Kinney in Metaphorosis.
- "Polyglossia" by Tamara Vardomskaya in GigaNotoSaurus.
- "Bombyx Mori" by Kerstin Hall in Strange Horizons.
- "Feast War" by Vylar Kaftan at Tor.com.
- "Unicorn Fort" by T.S. Paul.
Odds and ends:
- Watch a trailer for The Handmaid's Tale.
- Watch a trailer for The Lure.
- Watch a trailer for Kong: Skull Island.
- Watch a trailer for Roger Corman's Death Race 2050.
- Watch a teaser for a mysterious untitled SFF movie.
- Check out the cartoon The Life-Changing Magic of Decluttering in a Post-Apocalyptic World.
- Check out these patterns for geeky paper snowflakes inspired by Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter and others.