Links (2018-04-11)

Witnessing a flaring star moving through the Oort cloud 70,000 years ago. Credit: José A. Peñas/SINC (via Centauri Dreams)

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The Grand Tour

Cleaning out bookmarks, I came across this cluster from Space.com from fairly late last year – no idea why I never posted them.

Science Fiction

  • The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [Blog]. In the last “Links” post, I linked to the newish Analog and Asimov’s blogs but, to be fair, I should have linked to the F&SF blog to complete the trifecta, even if it’s less new.
  • Isaac Asimov Facts. Similarly, I’ve got a couple of big, dedicated Asimov sites linked in Featured Futures‘ sidebar but I think I’ve neglected even mentioning this smaller but fascinating site here. I came across it again when one of my posts resurfaced at a posting board. It gets into some minutia (but important minutia) of Asimov’s catalog and also has pages on Clarke, Dick, and Silverberg. I’ve got some similar stuff which I may add to this site someday.
  • Black Gate » Birthday Reviews: Stanley G. Weinbaum’s “The Worlds of If”. I got into this author via the great Ballantine “Best of” series. In Weinbaum’s volume, Isaac Asimov wrote an introduction calling him “the second nova” (between, and different from, but of a similar magnitude to, Doc Smith and Robert Heinlein) and he certainly was a bright light of the SF firmament.
  • Black Gate » Birthday Reviews: Henry Kuttner’s “Ghost”. We celebrated the birthday of his better half in January. Now for the man himself.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey – 50 Years Later. Speaking of birthdays, this is a detailed examination of how 2001‘s depiction of space travel and other technologies holds up today.
  • And, speaking of birthdays and 50 years, Samuel R. Delany’s Nova turns 50 later this year and I’ve read a couple of reviews of it recently: Destruction and Renewal: Nova by Samuel R. Delany | Tor.com and Review – Nova – Lauren’s Super Science Fiction Blog. I’m not the biggest Delany fan but Nova was the one I appreciated the most.
  • “The Little Terror” by Will F. Jenkins | The Saturday Evening Post. Thanks to Free SF Online, I learned I could read this fantasy tale by the author better known in the SF world as the great Murray Leinster. This definitely pushes a notion of Berkeley’s further and askew from how the bishop intended it and initially labors the point a bit. People’s reactions to some pretty big stuff aren’t always credible, either, but the bulk is a fun tale even so. It’s actually the denouement (and a more literal one than usual) that really made it work for me. This is an “honorable mention.” Weird that it’s practically simultaneous with “It’s a Good Life” (the latter coming out four months later) and, I think, precedes innumerable stories and movies on the theme.
  • A Look at Jack Williamson’s Golden Blood | Adventures Fantastic. I have the Lancer edition mentioned in the article. Because I’m more of an SF guy, it’s not exactly my kind of thing and, after reading it, I was thinking of trading it in but found that, the more I thought about it, the more it stuck in my head in a good way and I kept it. If I were immortal I’d re-read it and I hope I manage to, someday. It really is exotic, colorful, adventurous fun.
  • Dave Truesdale reviewed Strange Horizons‘ March stories over at Tangent and, while he thought the stories were okay, he really didn’t like the content warning boxes. I agree with him on the boxes, though I didn’t care for the stories either. (April has already had a great one, though.) The core point is that the boxes are ridiculous and an embarrassment to Strange Horizons and to SF fans for being associated with them. Dave sarcastically suggests a lock box to make sure people are kept safe but I would go further: How dare Strange Horizons publish stories it knows will offend or traumatize people? They must publish only utterly inoffensive stories or suspend publication immediately! 😉

Tunes

“Firepower”

“No Surrender”

“Flame Thrower”

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