I have been very remiss in doing one of these. A mix of links and places and things I’ve read. Some are old because I forgot to do one of these posts:
Steve J Wright has a review of Ninefox Gambit https://stevejwright.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/novel-ninefox-gambit/
I usually end up linking to Cora Buhlert’s Hugo related posts – which is a disservice in so far as she writes about lots of other things. In this case, an announcement of a new series with some unconventionally star-crossed lovers: http://corabuhlert.com/2016/09/05/a-new-release-and-a-new-series-dreaming-of-the-stars/
Aaron Pound has some coverage of the Retro Hugo’s http://dreamingaboutotherworlds.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/1941-retro-hugo-award-longlist-awarded.html
S.Schwatrz has thoughts on message fiction https://myoutermarat.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/message-fic-and-the-irregular-conjugation-of-the-adjective/ and also some ruminations on poking badgers with spoons https://myoutermarat.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/on-poking-badgers-kratman-wright-et-al
A different perspective on the 2016 Hugos from Sami Sundell http://sundell.me/articles/2016/08/hugo-winners-nominees-and-next-year/
Chris Gerrib has a rumination on rules and when to break them http://chris-gerrib.livejournal.com/637093.html it’s a neat example but it illustrates a deeper point. Most rules, procedures, even guiding principles have some sort of purpose (and Aristotelean final cause if you like). Understanding the ‘why’ of them matters.
I know everybody has read, applauded and linked to Ursula Vernon’s ‘This Vote is Legally Binding’ but here it is again http://ursulav.livejournal.com/1680540.html because it is worth reading again!
Nicholas Whyte on Watership Down http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2721814.html
Natalie Luhrs has a long piece on the issues with the World Fantasy Convention https://thebias.com/2016/09/06/three-easy-steps-to-fix-the-world-fantasy-convention/
Abby Howards JSPH is back in action after a hiatus https://www.jspowerhour.com/comics/210
Plus lots of things I read but can’t find a link too – you know that thing, it was great, you should read it…
Alexandra Erin has returned to the fray with a new Puppies review children’s books parody http://www.alexandraerin.com/2016/05/sprb-mike-mulligan-and-his-steam-shovel/ and there is also a blog post on writing it http://www.alexandraerin.com/2016/05/digging-deep-with-mike-mulligan/
Ursula Red Wombat Vernon has playing with book covers at her LiveJournal http://ursulav.livejournal.com/1665676.html (no Walruses sadly)
‘Ugh’ at Obsidian Wings explains how the US Federal Government ends up regulating school bathrooms against bigotry http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2016/05/from-the-constitution-to-ccks-in-the-ladies-room.html
Abby Howard’s gloriously oddly spooky The Last Halloween has reached the end of Book 1 and also has kickstarter for physical version https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1203079854/the-last-halloween-book-1/
A late Easter cartoon http://problemswithinfinity.com/2016/04/02/an-easter-vendetta/
James Nicoll Reviews…Blake’s 7 Sarcophagus by Tanith Lee, a 1980 3rd Season episode of the infamously clunky-but-interesting BBC show http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/blakes-7-without-blake
Hemant Mehta talks to atheists who plan to vote Republican in the US presidential election. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/03/04/a-bunch-of-atheists-told-me-why-they-plan-to-vote-republican/
Speaking of which Skepchick, Alex Rudewell looks into whether notable skeptic, Michale Shermer is supporting Donald Trump http://skepchick.org/2016/03/michael-shermer-supports-trump-because-skepticism-is-a-joke/
And while we are in that general space of religion and atheism, Mano Singham has piece about a kind of modern day temple-prostitution. http://freethoughtblogs.com/singham/2016/03/03/should-freedom-of-religion-protect-offers-of-sex-acts/
Moving onto to more SFnal things, Cora Buhlert has her regular Indie Speculative Fiction of the month post http://corabuhlert.com/2016/02/29/indie-speculative-fiction-of-the-month-for-february-2016/
And still at Cora’s a further round up of Nebula Award reactions: http://corabuhlert.com/2016/02/28/yet-more-reactions-to-the-2015-nebula-awards-nominees/
Rachael Acks watched the movie ‘Gods of Egypt’ while drunk and blogged about it for charity. http://katsudon.net/?p=4694 Her write up has a Venn diagram in it which is great but the movie has ‘no wangs’ (as she puts it) which considering this is supposed to be a retelling of the Osiris, Isis, Horus, Set story is a glaring omission. Rather like having a movie of the New Testament and leaving out crosses. Anway, a laugh-out-loud funny review.
Kate Paulk at Mad Genius describes the next steps in Sad Puppy 4 http://madgeniusclub.com/2016/03/03/the-deep-breath-before-the-dive/ The comments go off on a hilarious tangent about how Mad Genius is so much better because they don’t moderate people much unlike File 770 which does because everybody knows that John Scalzi moderates his comments. I simply said ‘Hmmmmmmm’ because raising one’s eyebrows in a way to suggest ‘have you actually thought about what you are saying?’ doesn’t work over the internet.
Best Movie Space Battles at File770 http://file770.com/?p=27831
Thoreau muses on US civil traditions in an essay entitled You can learn a lot from people who sleep with snakes http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/03/02/19135
Joanna Cabot at TeleRead discusses the Kylie versus Kylie intellectual property argument http://www.teleread.com/trademark-crazy-who-owns-a-name/
What is going on around the web –
Natalie Luhrs has been making pivot tables! An analysis of the Locus Reading List by various categories (e.g. gender) http://www.pretty-terrible.com/2016/02/05/a-brief-analysis-of-the-locus-recommended-reading-list-2011-2015/ Also she has made the whole data set she collated downloadable. Impressive stuff.
Scenes from a Multiverse discusses SJWs http://amultiverse.com/comic/2016/02/05/brostitutional-rights/
J Carlton at The Arts Mechanical re-posted the Larry Pic and the a link to a different post of mine here https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/ongoing-sad-puppies-stuff/ He also complains about ‘puppy kickers’ linking Sad-Puppies to Vox Day. Gosh 🙂
Nicholas Whyte continues to provide insights into the gloriously 1970s UK kids show The Double Deckers http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2599835.html
Rachel Acks’s ‘No Shit’ anthology is at the rejecting things stage http://katsudon.net/?p=4613
Lis Carey has a review of Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings, by Diana Pavlac Glyer http://www.liscareyslibrary.com/2016/02/bandersnatch-cs-lewis-jrr-tolkien-and.html
Rocket Stack Rank has useful resources for those looking for stuff to nominate or reminders of what they are considering http://www.rocketstackrank.com/2016/01/2015-pro-artists.html The pro artist category is neatly done.
Karl-Johan has an ABBA themed Cthulu filk using Chiquita http://kjn.livejournal.com/60858.html I suspect he may receive a visit from Laundry agents for adding dark-powers to ear worms.
Wole Talabi on his favorite African short science fiction of 2015
I liked this essay by Sarah Hoyt about how civilisation may (or may not) ‘collapse’
The Myths of Collapse
An extended comparison of the 2014 and 2015 Novelettes comparing the Puppy and non-Puppy nominees. Interesting and part of a series.
Doctor Science discusses how special effects end up eating characterization (short version: they’ve already paid the actors to film more stuff than they can include anyway and so it is easier to cur actor’s non-FX scenes than FX scenes)
I linked to a positive review of the new Star Wars by Brad Torgersen in my last round-up and over at File770 I was discussing John C Wright’s negative review.
There seems to be a real difference of opinion on the film that divides between Sad and Rabid and I’m wondering to what extent a major SF event such as Star Wars says about SF as a whole. To that end I hopped into my memetic boat, put the cat into a life-vest and set sail again.
Actually, just the regular accumulated links dumped in drafts until I think ‘that’s not a lot of links, I should add some more.’
A brilliant retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope as an Irish Legend https://headofdonnbo.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/the-tatooine-cycle/
Rachel Acks has a trio of posts on the new Star Wars film, that then hone in on the claim that the character Rey is a ‘Mary Sue’. Acks demolishes that claim on several levels. First link is full of spoilers: http://katsudon.net/?p=4547 , second on the Mary Sue issue http://katsudon.net/?p=4550 and then a reprise http://katsudon.net/?p=4553
Alexandra Erin has short tale about chasing dragons in a library http://www.alexandraerin.com/2015/12/totd-back-in-the-stacks-flash-fiction/
Sarah Johansson has an instructional comic on making a Christmas Gift using sections of your own alimentary canal http://problemswithinfinity.com/2015/12/20/crappy-christmas-crafts-for-everyone/
At the somewhat Puppy-aligned Superversive SF, Brian Neimeier has an essay on character agency http://superversivesf.com/2015/12/17/how-to-handle-character-agency-in-your-writing/
More Star Wars reflections from Brad Torgersen at Mad Genius http://madgeniusclub.com/2015/12/20/star-wars-7-a-spoiler-free-reflection-on-the-series/
Have I said how much I like Abby Howard’s Last Halloween webcomic? Because I do like it. http://www.last-halloween.com/posts/1