Blinks: Kirkus’ best; new zine Unstuck; Murakami; Penn State and Le Guin

» Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction of 2011 includes Stephen King, Haruki Murakami, and Lev Grossman among its top 25, with SF and Fantasy titles by Morgan, Miéville, Brennan, Bledsoe, Rajamiemi, Stross, Modesitt, Pratchett, Charlton, and Duncan

» Austin Statesman profiles new literary/SF ‘zine Unstuck

» Slate examines Haruki Murakami’s success – “Hint: It’s not great writing” – earlier, Terrence Rafferty’s review advises Don’t let the Byzantine plot of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 deceive you

» SFGate’s Michelle Richmond and John Scalzi both compare the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal to Le Guin’s short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

» Financial Times: James Lovegrove reviews Margaret Atwood’s In Other Worlds

» Odyssey announces Online Writing Classes in January and February 2012

» Lightspeed Magazine / Fantasy Magazine is hosting a reader survey

» The New Yorker’s Thomas Mallon examines “fiction of alternate history” [abstract; full article subscriber-only], covering King, Turtledove, PKD, and the Sidewise Awards