- Chris Mckitterick wants suggestions:
[James Gunn] and I are working on updating the SF Institute novel reading list for next summer. Specifically, we want to add more modern works – and I would like to see more female authors represented on the list.
1) The works must be seminal (hardee har har, I hear you thinking) – that is, they had a major influence on the SF that followed.
2) They represent movements in the genre that are not already represented in the current list.
3) They are by authors we don’t already have on the list (preferably newer authors).
We’re planning to cut about five novels, so we’re looking to add five modern novels. Ideas, please!
- Adam Roberts on Doris Lessing, particularly her sf.
- And Victoria Hoyle on two novels by Adam Roberts
- Nic Clarke on Air by Geoff Ryman
- John Clute reviews Axis by Robert Charles Wilson
- Abigail Nussbaum’s thoughts on the new TV season. It’s slim pickings, this year.
- A discussion about Guy Gavriel Guy’s Ysabel
- Andrew Holgate reviews The Stone Gods in The Times: “Winterson may dislike science fiction, but it clearly offers her the elbowroom she needs.”
- James Patrick Kelly interviews William Gibson to mark the publication of Rewired: the post-cyberpunk anthology
- Paul Kincaid’s latest Bookslut column, on short stories: “What Won’t Sell“. Also at Bookslut, reviews of Zeroville by Steve Erickson and Ha’Penny by Jo Walton
- Jed Hartman on Who S3 in general, and Martha’s role in particular
- Dan Green responds to “John Harrison” via Matt Cheney
- Matt Cheney on the final final cut of Blade Runner. And another view.
- Australian Speculative Fiction: A Rant
- And finally, announcements I should have linked by now: Fantasy Magazine is moving online; TTA Press is relaunching The Fix, online; and Aqueduct Press wants submissions for the second volume of the Wiscon Chronicles