The last link post was almost a month ago (January 17) so there are a bunch of links in this one. I kept meaning to post this and never getting around to it and it kept growing though I have deleted some links I was originally going to post.
- xkcd: The End of the Rainbow. Don’t forget the pop-up text, which covers what I first thought he was actually going for in the main cartoon.
- The Art of Darkness » Seen Online. Almost solid gold – hard to pick favorites but the shepherd and the dentist are definitely up there. Or out there.
- Washington [State] Bill Would Make it Illegal to Sell Electronics That Don’t Have Easily Replaceable Batteries – Motherboard. It’s ridiculous that it takes a law for this and would be even more ridiculous if it doesn’t pass. (I had more on politics but to hell with it.)
- The History Blog » Rare Arabic-inspired chess piece found in Norway
- The History Blog » Trouvelot’s astronomical drawings to go on display
- A mosquito’s foot at 800X magnification – Imgur. Found this via The Art of Darkness. However cool (and creepy) you think this is likely to be, it’s probably more so.
- The Likelihood of Massive Exomoons
- SF and Nonsense: Space-y matters. “Space-y Matters” includes several links of its own. I picked three to specially note here. On the first, it’s nice to see someone trying to explain stuff without resorting to space fairies and, on the last, speaking of space fairies, I don’t know that it rules out the early manufacturing stages of a Dyson sphere on the one hand and, even if it is just dust, it begs the question why this one system has its very own special fairy dust no other system has. The article does eventually touch on that, but it’s just as important as the “final explanation,” itself. The middle one is just cool. Could be.
- 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List – Locus Online. Unsurprisingly, this list ain’t my list, but it’s got a lot of excellent stuff on it and should interest most readers of this blog (though most have likely already seen it). Probably even more interesting is RSR‘s amplified version of the list: “Annotated 2017 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction.” Speaking of RSR, they’ve done several yearly posts, including the next two:
- 2017 Best SF/F Anthologies. RSR takes a detailed approach which took a lot of effort and adds a lot of information including other reviewer’s takes. My “Collated Contents of the Big Year’s Bests (2017 Stories, with Links!)” is (I think) more compact and easier to process and focuses on the four anthologies alone. So I think both are useful and you should check them both out. 😉
- 2016 Best SF/F Short Fiction. This is RSR‘s late look back at 2016 which makes it pretty comprehensive.
- TASAT – There’s a Story about That. This could be useful for so many things, not least of which would be for me when I constantly say to myself, “I know I’ve read a story like this before but I can’t remember what it was.” I got this from File 770, I think, which linked to “Brin Launches TASAT – Locus Online” but it’s actually long-launched and old news. Still a good idea, though.
- Your Fave is Problematic—That’s Okay | I Make Stories. An excellent rebuttal to just one of the many streams of neo-Victorianism sweeping the world…. Okay, that’s my interpretation, but it’s still a neat observation on the delights of nuance in an age lacking it. (This and the next two come from File 770.)
- 2017 Total Paid Distribution. Some number-crunching on the peril of printzines.
- Semiprozine Directory – Semiprozine.org. A partial update for awards season of a good and generally interesting resource.
- Cross Genre-ing | Adventures Fantastic. An interesting piece on authorial versatility.
- Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman. While I’d read some of her stuff before, I was so taken with “Umbernight” that I was debating buying Dark Orbit and happened to get into a conversation with Dave Truesdale about it and he remembered this review/interview he’d done. Great stuff. Book ordered—and, coincidentally, it arrived today.
- The Shortest Novels Written by 20 Authors You Should’ve Read By Now | Literary Hub. Also today, Nicola Griffith wanted to praise short novels and linked to this. I dunno about the “status reading” implicit in the LitHub article, but it’s an interesting list and I do often like short/hate long novels. That list is mostly unfamiliar to me but I’ve read The Hobbit, of course (eh), and Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog (agree that you’re better off with The Master and Margarita) and Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground (masterpiece). The Hemingway, Joyce, and Pynchon are on Mount TBR.
Black Gate has been running a lot of birthday reviews as well as a few interesting general reviews and, of course, many people also do their own birthday things, as well as other memorials. Also, because I picked up another Arthur C. Clarke non-fiction work recently, I was wondering if I had everything I wanted and found a neat resource.
Arthur C. Clarke
- The Partial View: Bibliography of the Works of Arthur C. Clarke. That’s the main resource, though there’s a concise listing (which varies in a couple of details) from the same guy: “The Non-Fiction Works of Arthur C. Clarke | LibraryThing.” ISFDB has its own listing, of course, but it doesn’t generally provide much detail on the nature of the work.)
C. M. Kornbluth
Ursula K. Le Guin (There were naturally a few billion of these but these are two distinctive ones that aren’t from the usual suspects.)
C. L. Moore (and Henry Kuttner)
- Black Gate » Birthday Reviews: C.L. Moore’s “Lost Paradise”
- Black Gate » Horrors, Marvels, Gods and Demons: C.L. Moore’s Tales of Northwest Smith
- Rereading C. L. Moore | Adventures Fantastic
- C. L. Moore Channels Brackett and Howard | Adventures Fantastic
- Kuttner’s Death, Moore’s Silence | Adventures Fantastic
James Tiptree, Jr.
- Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening : The Record : NPR. I listen to a lot of music but this makes me seem like I live in silence. But it can be translated to books (in terms of excess, if not in availability) and definitely to short fiction. I’m still nowhere near as fanatical as the author (and becoming less so) but it’s closer there. I got this from a thread at the Chrons.
Here are some interviews, notices, and tunes that won’t be of interest to anyone other than fans of C.O.C. and vintage thrash. Continue reading