I knew I was going to shift the day I published “Links” posts from Wednesday to Friday, but forgot anticipate that shift last week by including people with birthdays from the 2nd and 3rd. The result of this is that I’m late with Isaac Asimov’s birthday, of all people’s, as well as Tobias S. Buckell’s and Miles J. Breuer’s. I also intended to have a special post ready for Asimov’s birthday but didn’t have time. Hopefully that will be ready soon. In the meantime, one of two links to birthday reviews in the “Science Fiction” links covers one of the Good Doctor’s stories. (Odd note: while it’s true that this “Links” post does cover nine days instead of the usual seven, it doesn’t explain how I often have a hard time finding material for all the sections but have a flood of everything this time.)
- Isaac Asimov. Dreaming Is A Private Thing. (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, December 1955) | Best SF.
- Steve Allen. The Public Hating. (The Blue Book Magazine, January 1955) | Best SF.
- Analog Writing in the Digital World – SFWA. (As the opposition to “digital” should show, “analog” here means “writing with a typewriter,” not “publishing in the magazine of that name.”)
- 2019?! Now Even I’m Impressed With Myself | Ceci N’est Pas Une Blog. Celebrate with Pat Cadigan!
- Happy New Year! Happy #VintageSciFiMonth! | the Little Red Reviewer.
- Finding a Home – The Astounding Analog Companion. This fascinating article is simultaneously upsetting and uplifting. Frankly, as I reviewed it, I wasn’t going to advocate awards for Marie Vibbert’s “A Place to Stand On,” but the idea that this fine story was rejected by any relevant market (especially given what is actually purchased), and that the element I liked least possibly wasn’t an original feature, is dismaying. But all aspiring writers should read this because it’s a great tale of perseverance rewarded.
- Why I Love Science Fiction – Auxiliary Memory.
- Black Gate » Sky Pirates and Interstellar Wars: The Black Star Passes by John W. Campbell.
- Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Sense of Wonder: Short Fiction Reviews (2009-2017) by Gardner Dozois – Locus Online.
- 1920-01-02 Isaac Asimov
- 1979-01-02 Tobias S. Buckell
- 1889-01-03 Miles J. Breuer, M.D.
- 1785-01-04 Jacob Grimm
- 1921-01-05 Friedrich Dürrenmatt
- 1832-01-06 Gustave Doré
- 1905-01-06 Eric Frank Russell
- 1950-01-06 Jessica Amanda Salmonson
- 1899-01-07 F. Orlin Tremaine
- 1912-01-07 Charles Addams
- 1924-01-07 Gene L. Coon
- 1942-01-08 Stephen Hawking
- 1931-01-09 Algis Budrys
- 1887-01-10 Robinson Jeffers
- 1947-01-10 George Alec Effinger
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.
- Year in Space Pictures: 2018.
- Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs—new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance.
- The Best Space Stories of 2018.
- A virtual reality experience of being inside an exploded star.
- Lidar accelerates hurricane recovery in the Carolinas.
- This May Be Life’s ‘Missing Ingredient’.
- Martian drill set for Antarctic climate mission.
- The periodic table is 150 – but it could have looked very different.
- Record Breaker! NASA Probe Slips into Orbit Around Asteroid Bennu.
- OSIRIS-REx: Orbital Operations at Bennu
New Horizons/Ultima Thule
- New Horizons Spacecraft Makes New Year’s Day Flyby of Ultima Thule, the Farthest Rendezvous Ever.
- New Horizons Healthy and Full of Data.
- A Closer Look at Ultima Thule.
- Tornos News | 4th century BC Mazotos shipwreck yields Chian amphorae and rich finds about shipbuilding history.
- The History Blog » Megatherium skull collected by Darwin digitally reconstructed.
- Nine Incredible Facts About Cats – Learn Fun Facts.
- The History Blog » Missing Ancient Greek decree found in wall.
- Clarke’s Third Law and Beyond: Distinguishing Magic, Technology and Other Things – Learn Fun Facts.
- Calvin and Hobbes: Trouble with a Capital “T” / Backseat Sled Driver / Too Perfect / Politics.
Behold the awesomeness…