1) The 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist: The Arthur C. Clarke Award is Britain’s most prestigious science fiction award. It’s given annually to the year’s best SF novel. This years list includes the FanLit favorite Embassytown by China Miéville. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on May 2.
2) Dear Science Fiction Writers: Stop Being So Pessimistic!: At the Smithsonian Magazine, Neal Stephenson is feeling nostalgic for old science fiction that’s full of big new ideas. Hey, SF authors, we’re counting on you to save the world!