- Forthcoming: Fall 2019 | Library of America. This is of interest due to the two-volume set of American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s (and Harold Bloom having placed Le Guin in The American Canon). Of those eight novels, I have one in the Pile, have read six, and liked The High Crusade, This Immortal, and Nova, and loved Way Station. (“Flowers for Algernon” is one of my all-time favorite stories but the novel version is unnecessary.) I can only assume Dick, Le Guin, and Vonnegut are not represented because they are already in the LoA and that Dune doesn’t need any help (and is too big). Other classic novels of the 60s include Algis Budrys’ Rogue Moon (1960), Arthur C. Clarke’s A Fall of Moondust (1961), Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966), Fritz Leiber’s Swords of Lankhmar (1968), James H. Schmitz’s The Witches of Karres (1966) and The Demon Breed (1968), and Norman Spinrad’s Bug Jack Barron (1969). (Though, of course, Clarke wouldn’t be eligible and the Leiber isn’t SF.) In addition to the Anderson and Zelazny selected, Anderson’s Flandry (1966, 1969) and van Rijn (1969) novels and Zelazny’s Lord of Light (1967) are notable.
- It’s almost #VintageSciFiMonth time! | the Little Red Reviewer. Speaking of classics from days of yore.
- 1965-12-12 Toni Weisskopf
- 1981-12-12 C. S. E. Cooney
- 1966-12-14 Sarah Zettel
- 1923-12-15 Freeman Dyson
- 1863-12-16 George Santayana
- 1917-12-16 Arthur C. Clarke
- 1928-12-16 Philip K. Dick
- 1973-12-16 Ted Kosmatka
- 1913-12-18 Alfred Bester
The data in this section is from the ISFDB. ISFDB entries usually have SFE and/or Wikipedia links for biographies. For free works of older authors online, try sites like FreeSFOnline, Archive.org, Gutenberg, or PoemHunter.com.
- The Most Powerful Ion Drive in Space Is Ready for Its to Visit Mercury.
- What Is Solar Mass?
- How big can snowflakes be? This seemed timely after having gone through what I, as a Southerner, feel justified in calling a blizzard this weekend (seven inches of snow one day in early December with one or two more the next day, after already having had two hurricanes recently). Even more coincidentally, the article happens to be from NC State.
- How catnip makes the chemical that causes cats to go crazy.
- NASA’s Newly Arrived OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Discovers Water on Bennu | NASA. Official take (with a generous definition of “water”).
- The When and Where of Asteroid 101955 Bennu. Centauri Dreams‘ take.
- Researchers consider whether supernovae killed off large ocean animals at dawn of Pleistocene.
- Voyager 2 Makes It Through.
- Is triple option offense fading from college football? | SI.com. This is from September 27 but is a very good article (though the title should have been something like “The Triple Option from Its Origin to the Present”) and seems appropriate to honor the Army/Navy game this past Saturday (though it was substantially less option-oriented with far too many passes – Navy threw a total of seventeen times and Army even threw nine; note that Army won, just as they did last year when Navy threw twice and Army threw once). This wasn’t the best Army/Navy game but it was still good.
- College Football Playoff is slowly killing college football | SI.com. This is all-too true. (Great opening paragraph as well.)
- Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin’s been extra good this year, / so he should get a lot of presents, / but he doesn’t even get a lot of snow.
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