- Story of the Week: MS. Found in a Bottle. LoA presents an interesting article on Poe’s efforts to make a name for himself and, of course, the story.
- Blog #25 | Jack McDevitt | Science Fiction. Jack McDevitt tells us what he’s been reading – I haven’t read any of them, but they sound good.
- How to Read The Federalist Papers – Auxiliary Memory. James Wallace Harris describes how he’s reading The Federalist Papers – I have read that and it is essential reading.
- Black Gate » Three Miles Around but Infinitely Deep: Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock. James Van Pelt briefly notes a different sort of classic.
- SFWA Hikes Word Rate for Qualifying Markets | File 770. Major news, but this may have unintended consequences. (Speaking of the SFWA, it’s going to be looking for a new president soon and I urge people to demand that candidates commit to doing their parts to making Norman Spinrad and Ben Bova Grand Masters and refuse to support those who will not.)
- Future Science Fiction Stories and The Original Science Fiction Stories – Lauren’s Super Science Fiction Blog. Score!
- The Splintered Mind: I Asked 400 Undergrads to Perform 90 Minutes of Kindness for No Reward. Here’s What Happened. I believe the picture of humanity is skewed by the psychopaths of power and I’d like to believe that most people don’t need carrots and sticks to do good but I can only hope college philosophy students don’t adequately represent people in general because, if you read the essence of this fascinating post, it says only one of eight will confirm that they were nice for no reason and enjoyed it.
- Creating Something Useful in Retirement – Auxiliary Memory. On a somewhat related topic, James Wallace Harris wonders if he’s wasting his time or creating something useful. I have to confess, I haven’t really explored Classics of Science Fiction because, these days, I’m usually too caught up in trying to find the few classics in the firehose of today’s fiction but I’ll try to do better. Regardless, it seems like a great project and a good database is its own reward.
- 1809-01-19 Edgar Allan Poe
- 1958-01-19 Allen Steele
- 1920-01-20 DeForest Kelley
- 1930-01-20 Buzz Aldrin
- 1934-01-20 Tom Baker
- 1948-01-20 Nancy Kress
- 1923-01-21 Judith Merril
- 1561-01-22 Francis Bacon
- 1788-01-22 George Gordon, Lord Byron
- 1906-01-22 Robert E. Howard
- 1925-01-22 Katherine MacLean
- 1972-01-22 Stephen Graham Jones
- 1776-01-24 E. T. A. Hoffmann
- 1911-01-24 C. L. Moore
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.
- ‘Sub-Saturns’ May Force Scientists to Revise Idea of How Planets Form. We’ve got sub-saturns, real Saturns, and mini-neptunes here and in the next two.
- Saturn’s rings are surprisingly young | Astronomy.com.
- A Closer Look at Barnard’s Star b.
- A Disk at an Angle (and a Remarkable View). The view from Tatooine’s got nothing on this.
- The History Blog » Mummy identified as Ptolemy II’s doctor. Physician, heal thyself! … Okay, this doctor needs a doctor. (And, for “A. D.,” of course, read “B. C.”)
Calvin and Hobbes at GoComics. This begins a Spiffy sequence, so check out the link to enjoy them all.