- Howl’s Moving Castle (Book) Review – ignitedmoth. A review of a book I can scarcely remember beyond a suspicion of positive feelings.
- A day short and a dollar late | Mad Genius Club. On the irrelevance of the short story.
- When I was Writing. An older piece from Tom Purdom but I just found out about it from the Asimov’s blog post, “Q&A with Tom Purdom” in which he wisely says, “I generally try to avoid topical subjects and subjects that are currently popular. I think science fiction writers should try to create interesting possible futures without worrying about current preoccupations. The present will obviously influence our ideas about the future. That’s unavoidable. But I feel science fiction writers should write about the possibilities most people aren’t thinking about.”
- Classic Robert A. Heinlein Interview. Another piece that isn’t new but has just now been reprinted. I wanted to note, “SFR: You don’t think it spoils a writer into writing only what the audience wants, instead of being creative? HEINLEIN: You have a hidden premise in your question. You assume that writing what the audience wants is not being creative. You have to be extremely creative to write what the audience wants, instead of writing what everybody else is and the audience is tired of.” Reminds me of this comment I’d recently stumbled across again.
- The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois – Classics of Science Fiction. James Wallace Harris discusses the book and presents two different lists (one from the book and one from the site) which both have great stories in them. In other posts on the same site, he’s also reviewing each of the stories from the Dozois anthology.
- Galactic Patrol: Book 3 of one of the greatest space operas | Fantasy Literature.
- Ansible® 380, March 2019.
- 1922-03-01 William M. Gaines
- 1924-03-01 Deke Slayton
- 1941-03-01 Martin H. Greenberg
- 1952-03-01 Steven Barnes
- 1904-03-02 Dr. Seuss
- 1945-03-02 Gregory L. Matloff
- 1949-03-02 Gates McFadden
- 1960-03-02 Peter F. Hamilton
- 1920-03-03 James Doohan
- 1904-03-04 George Gamow
- 1942-03-05 Mike Resnick
- 1475-03-06 Michelangelo
- 1937-03-06 Edward L. Ferman
- 1944-03-07 Stanley Schmidt
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.
- New map reveals geology and history of Pluto’s moon Charon.
- Backreaction: Book review: “Breakfast with Einstein” by Chad Orzel. Sounds good.
- Alternatives to DNA-Based Life.
- Evidence of Passing Stars. It’s become common but, to me, it still sounds completely stupid to talk about “finding” a “ninth” planet. Regardless, this is a great article which talks about what another solar system may mean to our own.
- Volunteers Jumped with or without a Parachute to Gauge Its Effectiveness – Scientific American. In defense of the randomized controlled trial.
- The History Blog » Grenades from last battle of Revolutionary War detonated. More of those sneaky grenades hiding in the darnedest places.
- The Art of Darkness » Seen Online.
- And don’t miss the last science link above. 😉
Reverse Song Challenge…
Ripped off from Inspired by last week’s challenge.)
Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
Post music videos in response to the musical directives.
Anyone who wants to be tagged is it.
1. Post a video for a song by any band whose name begins with a V.
Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil”
2. Post a video of a song that has the word “hate” in the title.
Type O Negative – “We Hate Everyone”
3. Post a video of a tragic/horror/dark song (which can still be funny) that you love.
The Cramps – “TV Set”