Blinks: Tomi Adeyemi; reviews of Powers, Valente, Newitz, Miller, and others

» Entertainment Weekly: Is Tomi Adeyemi the new J.K. Rowling?

» New York Times Book Review, front cover review: Barbara Kingsolver reviews Richard Powers’ The Overstory

» The Verge: Andrew Liptak reviews Catherynne M. Valente’s Space Opera, “the funniest science fiction novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

» The Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Annalee Newitz, Sam J. Miller, Leo Carew, Stephen Lloyd Jones, Paolo Bacigalupi & ...Read More

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Blinks: Ansible; Guardian reviews; Scott Edelman dines; Events at KGB, Borderlands, SF in SF

» David Langford’s Ansible 368

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Tom Sweterlitsch, Gareth L. Powell, Jen Williams, Sarah Maria Griffin, Elan Mastai

» Scott Edelman dines with David Mack

» KGB Fantastic Fiction hosts Kelly Robson and Chandler Klang Smith, March 21st

» Borderlands hosts John Picacio, Mishell Baker, and Seanan McGuire this month

» SF in SF hosts Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, and Silvia Moreno Garcia, March 25th ...Read More

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Blinks: Naomi Novik on Ursula K. Le Guin; reviews in NYT, Guardian, WaPo

» Naomi Novik’s For Ursula, posted Jan. 24th, is printed in today’s NYT Book Review

» NY Times Book Review: Clare Clark reviews Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Alastair Reynolds, Josiah Bancroft, Chris Beckett, Brooke Bolander, Nick Clark Windo

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell, E.J. Swift, Vandana Singh ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews; Judith Merril; KGB events

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews Robots vs. Fairies, Ahmed Saadawi, Josiah Bancroft

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews collections by Dave McKean and William Schafer, Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, and Jo Walton

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews Nick Harkaway’s Gnomon

» Toronto Star: Sci-fi author Judith Merril and the very real story of Toronto’s Spaced Out Library: A prolific author and pioneer Merril’s donation of 5,000 ...Read More

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Blinks: SF Chronicle’s Best of 2017; Wells v. Orwell; Nature forum with KSR, Liu, others

» San Francisco Chronicle’s Best of 2017 includes titles by Omar El Akkad, Jeff VanderMeer, Victor LaValle, Louise Erdrich, George Saunders, Naomi Alderson, Robin Sloan, Zachary Mason

» The Conversation, via Salon: More H.G. Wells and less George Orwell: Can science save us from dystopia?

» Nature: Science fiction when the future is now, with comments by Lauren Beukes, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken Liu, Hannu Rajaniemi, Alastair Reynolds, Aliette de ...Read More

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Blinks: Chiang; Delany; Tolkien; Best of 2017 at Seattle Times, B&N; Zinos-Amaro reviews; Borderlands events

» Buzzfeed: Ted Chiang’s Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear, about capitalism, Silicon Valley, and its fear of superintelligent AI

» Slate Podcast: How Does Samuel R. Delany Work?: The acclaimed science-fiction novelist talks about his queer career.

» Guardian: Maev Kennedy: From the north pole to Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Christmas letters to his children

» Seattle Times: Nisi Shawl picks Noteworthy books of 2017: speculative fiction by ...Read More

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Blinks: Ansible; NYTBR YA list for 2017 includes Okorafor and Pullman; NYTBR on John Hodgman

» David Langford’s Ansible 365

» NY Times Book Review — in addition to 100 Notable Books and 10 Best Books linked earlier — has a Children’s and YA list with the latter group including Nnedi Okorafor and Philip Pullman.

» NY Times Book Review: John Hodgman’s By the Book name-checks Richard Matheson, E.B. White, Cormac McCarthy, N.K. Jemisin, Michael Chabon, and Borges; and alludes to Frank Herbert and George ...Read More

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Blinks: Best Books of 2017 from NY Times, LA Times, and Adam Roberts in The Guardian

» Guardian: Adam Roberts’ best science fiction and fantasy of 2017 includes titles by Kim Stanley Robinson, Paul McAuley, Jeff VanderMeer, and others

» New York Times’ Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2017 includes Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West and Naomi Alderman’s The Power

» Los Angeles Times’ Best Fiction of 2017 includes Naomi Alderman’s The Power, Steve Erickson’s Shadowbahn, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, John Crowley’s Ka ...Read More

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Blinks: B&N’s, NY Times’ Best of 2017; Le Guin interview; New Republic on Manson, Hubbard, and Heinlein

» Barnes and Nobles’ Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017 includes titles by Naomi Alderman, James Bradley, N.K. Jemisin, John Kessel, Annalee Newitz, Kim Stanley Robinson, Jeff VaderMeer, and many others

» NY Times’ 100 notable books includes novels by Omar El Akkad, Victor LaValle, Mohsin Hamid, Paul Auser, Louise Erdrich, George Saunders, Naomi Alderman, and N.K. Jemisin, and Edmund Gordon’s biography of Angela Carter

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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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