Lists and Awards
First and most excitingly, the Nebula nominees have been announced! And it’s a neck-to-neck race between some of my favorite books from the last year, including Hild, Ancillary Justice, The Golem and the Jinni, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and A Stranger in Oolandria. If I had to choose between them (which I will never be asked to do), I’d melt into a puddle of indecisive tears. Also, this feels like it has to be some kind of a record for female and POC writers.
The Skylark Award, given by The New England Science Fiction Association, has also been awarded to Robert J. Sawyer. Other than that, I can offer you Tor.com’s list of upcoming releases for March, and this unusual list of Books You Should Read (if you want to). It includes things like “the book that your history professor mentions and then says, “which, by the way, is a great book,” offhandedly.”
Articles and Such
This week, we apparently have a theme of imagined cartographies and bibliographies. First, here’s a strangely fascinating list of books that don’t exist that were mentioned in other fictional works. And then there’s this look into Wikipedia’s entries on “lost lands.” Which reminded me of Sumathi Ramaswamy’s amazing The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories, which everyone interested in colonial theory, made-up worlds, and the weird history of science in the 19th century should read.
In other history news (I am Link Tzar! I direct you as I please!), here’s a pretty cool article on the “real-life Tyrion.” And this fun list of “lost” cities in Africa that make medieval Europe look like it wasn’t trying. It’s a little bit duh, and a little bit exoticized, but the pictures are pretty sweet.
Lastly, may I direct you to this silly lady who’s been telling JK Rowling to stop writing books, or to go back to writing those silly kid’s books which no self-respecting adult should spend their money on, because she’s somehow using up the market for real writers. “This might sound like sour grapes,” says mid-level author almost definitely suffering from sour grapes.
Writing and Publishing
For five seconds, just imagine you got to do this: Amtrak is evolving a program to offer low-cost train ride just for writers to write. Riding on a train. Writing. Low-cost. This is the future. Also fantastic news: They’re making another Jungle Book. As someone who watched the Disney version about a million times, and then the amazingly cheesy/awesome live action version with Cersei in it another million times, then read it another half-million times, then based my thesis partially on it—this is A Big Deal to me. That is all.
Somewhat less happily, N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season has been pushed back to 2015. Jemisin reportedly cackled and said “all shall love me and despair,” before snatching the book from the grasping hands of bloggers everywhere.
- These paintings of kids playing Star Wars and Oz dress up make me squee.
- Oh holy lord Chtulu, look at these sculptures. It’s like a ship crashed into the Parthenon and then sailed through a bad storm of fantasy covers.
- This is in no way related to SFF, but David Attenborough narrated Olympic curling like it was a nature show, and I died.
- And here’s the Kama Sutra of reading positions, which is cute and totally safe for work, never fear.