Welcome back, everyone, to the 2nd edition of News and Links! This week brings a nice smattering of stories and interesting items from around the web:
- Erwin S. Strauss lists lists a bunch of upcoming SF/F/H conventions for this year. My favorite: Seattle’s RustyCon!
- Asimov’s January/February 2018 issue has a couple of novella excerpts that you can read online for free – but only until the next issue comes out.
- An older, but still interesting, article from The Guardian: Science fiction triggers ‘poorer reading’, study finds. Pshaw – whatever!
- Voting is now open for the 2018 Locus Poll and Survey – which covers works that appeared in 2017. You can vote until April 15th.
- Free Speculative Fiction Online added 34 high quality story links on February 3rd.
- Her Beautiful Body by Adrienne Celt (text and audio)
- Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance by Tobias S. Buckell
- The Streets of Babel by Adam-Troy Castro
- Someday by James Patrick Kelly
- The Eyes of the Flood by Susan Jane Bigelow
- Golubash, Or Wine-Blood-War-Elegy by Catherynne M. Valente
- The Last Current by Cecca Ochoa
- This week from Daily Science Fiction:
- This week from 365 Tomorrows:
- Escape Pod #613 features a story I reviewed just a few months ago: Cat Pictures, Please by Naomi Kritzer (audio and text)
- StarShipSofa is re-playing its July 2007 podcast which featured Stephen R. Donaldson’s 1979 story: Mythological Beasts.
- Author Spotlight: Susan Jane Bigelow
- Author Spotlight: Adam-Troy Castro
- Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams talks about the magazine’s most popular story titles.
- Larry Niven talks about how he writes and sells stories.
- Remembering Old Science Fiction Short Stories – a look at the best science fiction stories of 1951.
- When Sense of Wonder Wanes – rating the stories from The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One.
- James Wallace Harris takes a look at usage of the word “robot” in his post 1939 – “I, Robot” by Eando Binder.
- One of the earliest annual anthology series: The Great SF Stories 1 (1939).
- Let Me Talk to the Aliens! Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life”
- Aurora Australis: Weird Weather and Weirder Fiction
Reviews From Around the Web
- Christie Yant reviews three Tor.com novellas: Beneath the Sugar Sky, Mandelbrot the Magnificent and The Murders of Molly Southbourne.
- Over on my other site, I take a look at Cory Doctorow’s comic book version of Anda’s Game.
- Gardner Dozois Reviews Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy.
- Rachel Swirsky reviews the novella Mandelbrot the Magnificent.
- This week’s Science Fiction from SFF Reviews:
- The Future of Hunger in the Age of Programmable Matter by Sam J. Miller
- Singularity Alice by Lorraine Schein
- The Case of the Mysterious Meat by Kate Ingram
- Mourners by Joe Baumann
- The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine by Greg Egan
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- Ah, how times flies! Ten years ago on BestScienceFictionStories.com I reviewed The Dog Said Bow-Wow by Michael Swanwick – a great, funny, con-man story!