Links: 2019-01-11

Science Fiction

(Most SF readers and writers hopefully find most science-related things interesting but this week’s “Science” links below contain several especially science-fictional links.)

Birthdays

  • 1923-01-11 Jerome Bixby
  • 1876-01-12 Jack London
  • 1964-01-12 Rockne S. O’Bannon
  • 1965-01-12 Rob Zombie
  • 1893-01-13 Clark Ashton Smith
  • 1931-01-14 Joseph Green
  • 1935-01-15 Robert Silverberg
  • 1948-01-16 John Carpenter
  • 1706-01-17 Benjamin Franklin
  • 1923-01-17 Alva Rogers
  • 1927-01-17 Eartha Kitt

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.

Science

Other

History

Humor

Music

Aeropsmiths…

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Links: 2019-01-04

Site Note

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.)

Science Fiction

Birthdays

  • 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.

Science

General

OSIRIS-REx/Bennu

New Horizons/Ultima Thule

Other

History

Humor

Music

Behold the awesomeness…

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Links (2018-12-26)

Science Fiction

  • Suggestions For Library of America 1970s SF « F&SF Forum. Know of a 1970s American SF novel you think ought to be enshrined for posterity? Head on over to the F&SF forum and tell us about it.
  • Site News: tweaked Featured Futures‘ top menus and sidebar for 2019. I added the 2018 “year’s best” stuff to the “Featured” menu, reordered the “Magazine Reviews” menu into “Full,” “Special,” “Select,” and “Defunct” categories (WordPress’ menu functionality is… non-optimal… but I did the best I could), renamed “Tangent Reviews” to “Reviews for Tangent,” put the “List of Webzines” page in the “Misc” menu and entirely removed the “Pages” items from the sidebar, and refreshed the “Links” widget in the sidebar (cleared out a couple of dead links, updated a couple of changed URLs, and so on). If anyone notices anything else to fix or improve and/or has any URLs to add, feel free to comment on this post or to contact me.

Birthdays

  • 1921-12-26 Steve Allen
  • 1882-12-28 Arthur S. Eddington
  • 1933-12-28 Nichelle Nichols
  • 1915-12-29 Charles L. Harness
  • 1931-12-31 Bob Shaw
  • 1949-12-31 Ellen Datlow
  • 1949-12-31 Susan Shwartz
  • 1854-01-01 J. G. Frazer
  • 1888-01-01 Chesley Bonestell

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.

Science

Other

History

Humor

Calvin and Hobbes at GoComics:

Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip for December 21, 2018

Music

Now to conclude the “alt” compilation album…

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Links (2018-12-19)

Science Fiction

Birthdays

  • 1838-12-20 Edwin A. Abbott
  • 1869-12-22 Edwin Arlington Robinson
  • 1880-12-23 David H. Keller, M.D.
  • 1937-12-23 Avi
  • 1822-12-24 Matthew Arnold
  • 1910-12-24 Fritz Leiber
  • 1945-12-24 Lemmy Kilmister
  • 1924-12-25 Rod Serling

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.

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Other

History

Humor

Music

If you enjoyed my Seasonal Songs (of Sorts) I and Seasonal Songs (of Sorts) II (or even if you didn’t) you may also enjoy (or enjoy more) a couple of other offbeat playlists. “The Cramps – Black Christmas,” is eleven-thirteenths of a mixtape of some of their favorites. (I looked for the other two but could only find the Vel-Mars.) “Private Playlist: Christmas Edition!!! – Rhidixonblog” showed up in the “More on WordPress” section of the Reader and fulfills the promise of having the same Elvis track from my list by having four more excellent tracks. Eartha Kitt’s great “Santa Baby” was familiar to me but the other three were great finds. So have yourself a risque little Christmas!

Here are two more seasonal songs (which would fit in the humor section as well)…

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Seasonal Songs (of Sorts) I

The Art of Darkness » Link Dumps We Have Heard on High” showed up in my feedreader. One of its links was to “All I Want for Christmas is Darkness and Dread | MetaFilter.” That led me to some cool goth stuff (some familiar; some not) but, as usual, I couldn’t stay in the lane and ended up with much more (some familiar; some not). This is the first of two sets. It moves from the King, to punk, to “metal adjacent,” to comedy (of interest to speculative fiction fans), to the actual techno/goth stuff, before a last tune.

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Links (2018-12-12)

Science Fiction

  • 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.

Birthdays

  • 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.

Science

Other

History

Sports

  • 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.)

Humor

Music

Back to the “album”…

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Links (2018-12-05)

Science Fiction

Birthdays

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.

  • 1890-12-05 Fritz Lang
  • 1954-12-05 Betsy Wollheim
  • 1915-12-07 Leigh Brackett
  • 1861-12-08 Georges Méliès
  • 1943-12-08 Jim Morrison
  • 1900-12-09 Margaret Brundage
  • 1830-12-10 Emily Dickinson

Science

Other

History

Humor

  • xkcd: Alpha Centauri.
  • Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for May 19, 1991 – GoComics. In case that’s illegible, it’s a commencement speech which says, “Graduating seniors, parents and friends… / Let me begin by reassuring you that my remarks today will stand up to the most stringent requirements of the new appropriateness. / The intra-college sensitivity advisory committee has vetted the text of even trace amounts of subconscious racism, sexism, and classism. / Moreover, a faculty panel of deconstructionists have reconfigured the rhetorical components within a post-structuralist framework, so as to expunge any offensive elements of Western rationalism and linear logic. / Finally, all references flowing from a white, male, Eurocentric perspective have been eliminated, as have any other ruminations deemed denigrating to the political consensus of the moment. / Thank you and good luck.”
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Let It Snow, Spaceman Spiff Upside Down, The Economics of Santa.

Music

A super-sized birthday-week appreciation of Mr. Mojo Risin’ and friends…

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