Blinks: Washington Post’s reviews, and Best books of 2017; SF/F for and by Black People; Andy Weir; Alvaro Zinos-Amaro; Scott Edelman

» Washington Post’s Best Books of 2017 include titles by George Saunders and Naomi Alderman; Everdeen Mason’s 5 best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2017 are by David Burr Gerrard, Maggie Shen King, John Kessel, Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland, and N.K. Jemisin

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews S.A. Chakraborty, Liz Ziemska, Rachel Neumeier

» The Verge: A Guide to Fantasy and Science Fiction Made for Black People, ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews in SF Chronicle, NY Times; Louise Erdrich; Andy Weir

» San Francisco Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Naomi Alderman, Ann Leckie, William Gibson & Michael St. John Smith

» Earlier, Berry Annalee Newitz, M.T. Anderson, Maggie Shen King

» SF Chronicle: Dan Cryer reviews Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God

» NY Times: Marjorie Ingall reviews YA fantasy by Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, Patrick Ness, and Sarah Rees Brennan

» LA Times: Louise Erdrich discusses her ...Read More

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Blinks: Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2017

» Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2017

The Top 20 includes Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Robin Sloan’s Sourdough, Daryl Gregory’s Spoonbenders, and Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy list has titles by Katherine Arden, Neil Gaiman, Zachary Mason, Aliette de Bodard, Omar El Akkad, ...Read More

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Blinks: NYT reviews by Jemisin; Walter Isaacson on cyberpunk; Ansible; KSR; Okorafor; Naomi Alderman

» New York Times Book Review: N.K. Jemisin reviews Stephen R. Donaldson, Kat Howard, Andy Weir, Axie Oh

» This week’s NYTBR “By the Book” interview is with Walter Isaacson, author of a new da Vinci biography and one-time editor of Time magazine:

What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?

I have a weakness for cyberpunk. I jacked into it during the 1980s when I subscribed ...Read More

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Blinks: PW’s Best of 2017; Hand on Crowley; Q&A Naomi Alderman; Lethem on Kavan

» Publishers Weekly has released its reviews editors’ selections of Best Books 2017. The Fiction list includes Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne; the SF/Fantasy/Horror list has titles by Peter S. Beagle, Becky Chambers, Lindsay Smith et al., Natasha Pulley, N.K. Jemisin, Rivers Solomon, and Marina J. Lostetter

VanderMeer’s singular novel has enough imagination to fill multiple books.

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Blinks: SF Chronicle reviews King & King; Edelman dines with Xia Jia; Wired on Nat Segaloff/Harlan Ellison

» San Francisco Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews ‘Sleeping Beauties,’ by Stephen King and Owen King

Maybe the Kings are too much in sync. Perhaps they could have experimented a little more and let any rough patches remain. However the father-son collaboration worked, “Sleeping Beauties” is nevertheless a well-tooled horror thriller, a worthy venture from a productive family business.

» Scott Edelman dines with Xia Jia

» Wired: Harlan Ellison Is ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews of Philip Pullman; Google Maps Planets and Moons

» Slate, Katy Waldman: The Book of Dust, Volume 1, subtitled “Fall in love with Philip Pullman’s imagination all over again”

The headline on Slate’s homepage is “La Belle Sauvage Is a Masterpice: Fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials will fall in love with his highly anticipated follow-up.”

I am confident in pronouncing that people will love the first volume of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, The Book of Dust, with ...Read More

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Blinks: Philip Pullman; Hevelin Collection; Iraq; Afrofuturism; History of SF Art; Julie Phillips; Reviews of Matheson, Tidbeck, Okorafor, Leckie

» NY Times Magazine: Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World

» Slate: Retyping the Future’s Past, about the Hevelin Collection at the University of Iowa

» The Atlantic: How Sci-Fi Writers Imagine Iraq’s Future

» ThinkProgress: Afrofuturism: The imaginative sci-fi movement black people need now

» The Verge: Andrew Liptak on A new book aims to explore the glorious history of sci-fi cover art about this Unbound crowdfunding project ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews; Okorafor; Ishiguro; VanderMeer; African SF; KGB Oct 18th

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews John Crowley, Paolo Bacigalupi, Paul Cornell

» NY Times: Nnedi Okorafor and the Fantasy Genre She Is Helping Redefine

» Quartz: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize is a victory for literary weirdness: “In honoring him, the Nobel Committee has helped legitimize speculative fiction — an umbrella term for all fiction containing supernatural, science-fiction, dreamlike, horror, fantasy, or simply impossible elements — within a global ...Read More

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Blinks: Time Mag on missing utopias; Playboy; Scott Edelman dines with Johanna Sinisalo

» Time Magazine: Paradise Lost: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Utopian Novels; “In the past 100 years, technology has made our lives easier, safer, healthier and longer. So why does most of our science fiction spell doom and gloom instead of hope and cheer?”

» Inverse: Hugh Hefner, RIP: 5 Great Sci-Fi Stories Published in ‘Playboy’ — by Bradbury, Clarke, Le Guin, Dick, and Atwood

» Scott Edelman dines ...Read More

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Blinks: LA Times reviews; Nnedi Okorafor; Dune; John Scalzi; Annalee Newitz

» LA Times: Swapna Krishna reviews Holly Goddard Jones, Mur Lafferty, Josh Malerman, Felicia Yap

» Guardian: ‘So many different types of strange’: how Nnedi Okorafor is changing the face of sci-fi

» LA Review of Books: Will Collins on The Secret History of Dune; also, Gerry Canavan on No, Speed Limit: John Scalzi’s “The Collapsing Empire”

» Slate: Annalee Newitz explains How to Write a Novel Set More Than ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews by Everdeen Mason, N.K. Jemisin, Gary K. Wolfe; Le Guin blogs; Edelman and Kelly dine

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews Maggie Shen King, Ann Leckie, Marie Lu

» NY Times: N.K. Jemisin reviews Ann Leckie, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, J.Y. Yang, Jeffrey Ford

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor, Annalee Newitz, James Bradley

» New Republic: What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging?, about Ursula K. Le Guin’s new book No Time to Spare, due in December ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews in New Scientist, Washington Post, SF Chronicle; KGB and Borderlands events

» New Scientist: Abigail Nussbaum reviews Yoon Ha Lee, Karin Tidbeck, Nina Allan

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews Marina J. Lostetter, N.K. Jemisin, Curtis Craddock

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland, Gabe Hudson

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB hosts Gregory Frost and Rajan Khanna, August 16th

» Borderlands Books hosts Laura Lam, Laura Blackwell, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Megan E. O’Keefe, Sarah Gailey, Seanan McGuire, ...Read More

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Blinks: SF and the future; Feminist SF; Best SF of 2017 so far

» Slate, Kevin Bankston: Prototyping a Better Tomorrow: How science fiction can help us create a better future

» Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow: How science fiction writers’ “design fiction” is playing a greater role in policy debates

» Boing Boing, Bruce Sterling, science fiction won’t make the future better

» Guardian, Laurie Penny: In science fiction, the future is feminist

» Popular Mechanics, Tiffany Kelly: The Best Science Fiction Books ...Read More

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