June 11th, 2014

politics

Links I found interesting for 11-06-2014

buzz

June Books 3) Speculative Fiction 2012, eds. Justin Landon & Jared Shurin

I am easily pleased sometimes. This is a collection of online commentary on sf which was published in 2012, pulling together the sorts of essays I always like reading and wish I could write more often. All the usual suspects are here - in-depth examinations of race and gender as they are manifested in the genre, but also simple critiques of writing as writing. It's not perfect - the internal ordering of the pieces seems half thought through (is it alphabetical by author's first name? Not quite, but if not, then what?) and I would have dropped most of the shorter pieces in favour of some more long ones - but I was pretty sure from an early stage that I would give it a high place on my Hugo ballot. Then I reached page 297 and found my own name in the first line. Yep, I'm easily pleased.

books

Wednesday reading

Current
Het Verdriet van België, by Hugo Claus
Two Serpents Rise, by Max Gladstone
[Doctor Who] Trading Futures, by Lance Parkin
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein, by Theodore Roszak

Last books finished
Orbitsville by Bob Shaw
Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary eds. Justin Landon & Jared Shurin
[Doctor Who] A Device of Death, by Christopher Bulis
The Blazing-World, by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle
The Meathouse Man, by George R.R. Martin and Raya Golden
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, by Jeff VanderMeer, with Jeremy Zerfoss
Saga, Volume 2, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
[Doctor Who] Damaged Goods, by Russell T. Davis
Green Living for Dummies, by Michael Grosvenor and Liz Barclay

Last week's audios
The Rosemariners, by Donald Tosh
Current: Tomb Ship, by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby

Next books
Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann
Dawn, by Octavia E. Butler
Ireland Under The Tudors, by Richard Bagwell
[Doctor Who] The Bog Warrior, by Cecelia Ahern