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This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (06/25/12)
This week, as usual for the last week of a month, we lead with an article: "Going Beyond the Other Side of the Eye: An Interview with Bryan Thao Worra" by Yuk Ki Lau David Sklar's poem "Bone China" And...
The Language of 2312, by Niall Harrison (06/21/12)
We are rapidly, terrifyingly, approaching the half-way mark of the year, which for me at least usually marks the time for a preliminary assessment of The Year In SF: what I've liked best, what I haven't got around to, what...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (06/18/12)
... we have: A new story by Benjamin Rosenbaum: "Elsewhere" Melissa Frederick's poem, "Callisto to Ganymede" Robyn Fleming's latest Dice and D-Pads column, on "Funding Fun" And reviews of Steve Rasnic Tem's Deadfall Hotel, by Ben Godby, and Michael Dempsey's...
Short SFFT, by Niall Harrison (06/11/12)
Five of the seven stories shortlisted for this year's Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation short form award have been made available online, and fingers crossed the last two will follow soon. Wouldn't it be excellent if as many people blogged...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (06/11/12)
If it's Monday, it's time for a new issue: This week's story is the second part of K.M. Ferebee's "The Keats Variation"; read part one here, and the conclusion here In poetry, we have Leah Bobet's "Hold Fast" Genevieve Valentine's...
Prometheus, by Niall Harrison (06/11/12)
Three links: Genevieve Valentine's Ten Things You Should Know About Prometheus, Hal Duncan's Thoughts Upon Watching Prometheus, and Cavalorn's valiant attempt to explain What The Movie Was Actually About. EDIT: OK, one more, Kameron Hurley's White Dudes Seeding the Universe...
Reminder, by Niall Harrison (06/10/12)
We've been advertising for a few positions for the last few weeks; today is the last day for applications, so if you've been meaning to send in your details, now's the time! This time around we're looking for junior webmasters,...
Hugo Short Stories Revisited, by Niall Harrison (06/08/12)
Matt Hilliard becomes the latest to read the Hugo short stories: "Homecoming" by Mike Resnick: "There isn’t much discussion of this story online, but what I’ve seen suggests that other people (presumably to include the author, editor, and nominating voters)...
Fantastical Soap, by Niall Harrison (06/08/12)
Abigail Nussbaum on the second season of Game of Thrones: If you approach Game of Thrones as the story of the Starks and their travails, or the story of the war for the Iron Throne, or even the story of...
Revising Dreams, by Niall Harrison (06/07/12)
At the LA Review of Books, Rudy Rucker considers Terry Bisson's fantastical semi-autobiographical new novel Any Day Now: In Any Day Now, Terry Bisson uses the time-honored stratagem of transmuting his experiences into a novel — a Bildungsroman about a...
For Whom And Why, by Niall Harrison (06/07/12)
This week's Mind Meld at SF Signal asks "How do you write science fiction in a post-colonial world?" It's a good lineup, with Joyce Chng, Farah Mendlesohn, Jeff VanderMeer, Ekaterina Sedia and others, but I think the most pertinent response...
Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012, by Niall Harrison (06/06/12)
Just a couple of links: obituaries in The Guardian and The New York Times, John Scalzi's introduction to The Martian Chronicles, and The Paris Review's interview with Bradbury....
Simplifying History, by Niall Harrison (06/06/12)
Martin McGrath has a brilliant, disappointed, thorough (and for many people, myself included, probably informative) discussion of Stina Leicht's The Fey and the Fallen books, and their relationship to recent Irish history: Once again the effect of Leicht’s decisions is...
The New Yorkans, by Niall Harrison (06/05/12)
Further to my previous post, as you may also have heard, The New Yorker has published a science fiction issue, featuring fiction by Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan and others, and non-fiction by Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, China Mieville, Colson...
The Elizabethans, by Niall Harrison (06/05/12)
As you may have heard, over here in the UK there has been much to-do about our Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Paul Kincaid takes the opportunity to look back at the sf of the early 1950s, or the start of the...
This Week ..., by Niall Harrison (06/05/12)
First of all, a reminder: we're still looking to fill a number of positions, including poetry editors, articles editors, and junior webmasters (and proofreaders, but we have had by far the most applications there): deadline for applications is this coming...